Nuclear Medicine TrainingThe residency program in nuclear medicine trains qualified physicians to serve as consultants in the diagnostic and therapeutic use of radioactive pharmaceuticals. The total period of training after medical school graduation is at least three years. Residents are required to have one or more years of preparatory training and two or more years of nuclear medicine residency training in ACGME accredited programs. One year of preparatory training in any ACGME approved specialty training program usually precedes the training in nuclear medicine.Diagnostic imaging consultation and the management of nuclear medicine facilities are emphasized during the two-year program but training also includes research experience, therapy with unsealed sources, radio-immunoassay techniques and tomographic imaging with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or positron emission radioisotopes.A minimum of eighteen months of clinical nuclear medicine is required. Training in allied health sciences such as medical nuclear physics, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, radiation biology, instrumentation and computer sciences is also included.