Message from Chief Residents

Diagnostic Radiology Chief ResidentsThank you for your interest in the Wake Forest Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program! As the chief residents for the 2020-2021 year, we are excited to represent our co-residents and offer you some insight into why we love the Wake Forest Program.

We think the Wake Forest Radiology Program is one of the strongest programs across the country in terms of training and comradery amongst residents and faculty. Wake carries the reputation of building residents from the ground up to become great radiologists and leaders in the field. Our residents have the opportunity to train at a renowned academic medical center with a level 1 trauma center, an onsite pediatric hospital, and a nationally recognized cancer center. We serve a diverse local and large referral population, with the residents being at the center of the educational experience, supported by a small group of fellows. This setup allows residents to experience the gamut of radiology unopposed in both the diversity and difficulty of the studies we read, all while utilizing the latest technology in the field. This arrangement has afforded current and former residents the comfort and ability to land prestigious fellowships and pursue careers in rigorous academic or private settings. 

Our process begins with a very thoughtful and intentional schedule starting July of R1, including a dedicated lecture series that comfortably prepares us to begin taking graduated independent call responsibilities beginning the winter of our R1 year and continuing throughout the duration of our training. Obviously, this takes a great amount of teaching, which speaks to the value the Wake program places on education. The diverse and complex cases are taught by many renowned experts who maintain the heart of Wake by being caring, approachable, and personable mentors. However, the educational impact doesn’t stop with our current faculty, but is also provided by many of our former graduates and faculty members in terms of a robust resident educational fund named in honor of a former chairman of the Wake Forest Radiology department, Dr. Isadore Meschan. The funds serve to broaden the resident’s education by affording the ability to attend national meetings, global health electives, and educational programs. The funds have also allowed the creation of an ultrasound scanning and biopsy simulation lab which is available 24/7 for residents. 

Beyond the excellent teaching and case variety, one of the best aspects of our program are the residents. Wake truly captures some of the best residents across the country who always seem to generate a strong sense of community within each incoming class. The time spent with each other outside of the reading rooms is easily occupied by the many social offerings Winston-Salem has including the typical amenities of city life, various concerts, and the latest trendy eatery. Venturing outside the city, one can find one of the 34 state parks amongst the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains or take a weekend getaway to experience one of many North Carolina beaches. 

In conclusion, we welcome you to be a part of the Wake Forest family. Take time to see the various faculty and residents who make up our team. Feel free to reach out to either of us with questions.


Jordan Mae Burner, MD and Bradley Aaron Cagle, MD
Chief Residents 2020-2021