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Cody Smith.jpgWelcome to the University of South Alabama Radiology Diagnostic Residency Program. Thank you for taking time to visit with us here. We hope that you find these web pages informative, reflecting the commitment that the USA Department of Radiology has to maintaining a high quality training program.

The Radiology Residency Program at the University of South Alabama (USA) began training diagnostic radiologists in July 1975, and the program has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Under the direction of Samuel McQuiston, MD, our program offers five positions for every year in the diagnostic radiology training program with 20 residents currently in training. 

Through a combination of practical educational opportunities and real-time, hands-on training, our program is directed to offering an excellent educational experience in diagnostic radiology with a goal of producing high quality general diagnostic radiologists who will become certified by the American Board of Radiology and successfully advance their career. Training occurs primarily at the USA Medical Center, the USA Children's and Women's Hospital, and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Our graduates are prepared to competently enter a general radiologic practice, advance to subspecialty training in one of the branches of radiology or begin an entrance level junior faculty position.

We hope that you will avail yourself of the opportunity to see that life in the Mobile area offers a year-round, active lifestyle. With a low cost of living, and easy access to amenities from southern Louisiana to the Florida coast, Mobile and Baldwin Counties are a great place to live. You can explore the lifestyle offered to our faculty and residents here.

Change in Program Leadership


After over 30 years in practice as a diagnostic and interventional radiologist, over 20 years of service to the USA Department of Radiology, and 4 years as chair of the department, Dr. Jeff Brandon, retired. Dr. Figarola, who had been serving as vice chair and residency program director, began serving as interim chair in January 2015. In August 2015 Dr. Figarola accepted the role of chair as a permanent position. Dr. Samuel McQuiston has agreed to provide leadership as program director of the USA Radiology Residency. 

Dr. McQuiston joined the USA Department of Radiology in July 2005.  He is an associate professor and serves as ultrasound chief of section. With his background in counseling and education, he has provided consistent guidance to the program, beginning as the assistant program director in 2008. His interest in education has led to his involvement in medical education at all levels within the University of South Alabama Health System from undergraduate medical education through graduate medical education to continuing medical education for physicians who have completed their formal training. Dr. McQuiston also serves as the assistant dean for graduate medical education, and he has been honored for his contributions to medical education at USA.

Dr. McQuiston obtained his medical training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA, graduating in 2000. He completed his internal medicine internship in 2001 and radiology residency training in 2005 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology and a member of the Association of University Radiologists, The Radiologic Society of North America, and The Southern Radiology Conference.


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Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Address Mastin Bldg 310, 2451 Fillingim Street, Mobile, AL 36617  
Phone 251.471.7866  
Fax 251.471.7882


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