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Neuroradiology Fellowship

The Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at University of Massachusetts provides trainees with an in depth one-year comprehensive neuroimaging training experience and offers exposure to all aspects of neuroradiology practice. The goals of Fellowship are education, patient care, professionalism and research.

UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) is a 781 bed tertiary care hospital and the major teaching hospital for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. UMMMC is Worcester County’s only Level I trauma center, primary stroke center and the referral center for central New England. Division of Neuroradiology also offers services to some of the peripheral hospitals of Umass Memorial Heath care, interpretation for all sites done from the central location of Umass Memorial Medical Center. Approximately 50,000 neuroimaging studies are performed yearly. The Neuroradiology Faculty page.

The collaborative clinical and research environment provides nearly daily interdepartmental conferences with Neurosurgery, Neurology and Pediatric neurology and along with a robust education program. The University has world leaders in Neurodegenerative diseases, ALS, MS, and Stroke.

Clinical rotations are designed to enable the fellows to accumulate a broad base of knowledge, develop technical skills and establish decision-making and consultation skills. The rotations provide the fellow with the opportunity to develop progressively independent skills in the performance and interpretation of neuroimaging studies and neurointerventional procedures. 

The Fellowship Program trains fellows to be able to interact with the referring physicians and function in consultative role. This is accomplished during the day-to-day activities at the hospital. Fellows are an integral part of interdepartmental conferences.

Another important educational objective of the Program is to have the fellows exposed to and participate in ongoing research projects within the section. Fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts/papers to national meetings.

At the conclusion of the fellowship, the fellow should be capable of independent and accurate clinical decision-making in all areas of Neuroradiology.

Neuroradiology Faculty

Rotations

Neurointerventional rotation
6 weeks of Neurointerventional rotation performing diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures.

Rotation at Boston Children's Hospital for additional pediatric Neuroradiology expedience
2 weeks

PET-CT rotation
2 weeks

Call responsibility
Fellows take call with faculty for 1 week, every 4 weeks.

Academic time
24 days per year.  Fellows may consolidate some of their academic time into blocks for specific projects.

Neuroradiology Conferences

Various interdepartmental, as well as divisional conferences are held almost every day of the week and fellows are expected to participate in these conferences.

  • Head and neck tumor board two Mondays every month
  • Neurosurgery-Neuroradiology conference every Tuesday.
  • Stroke conference every Tuesday
  • Pediatric Neurology-Neuroradiology conference one Tuesday every month
  • Neuro tumor board two Wednesdays every month
  • Neuroradiology case conference every Wednesday
  • Neurology-Neuroradiology conference two Thursdays every month
  • Neuroradiology fellow didactic lecture conference two Thursdays every month
  • Endocrinology conference one Friday every month
  • Epilepsy conference at least once every month

Radiology resident teaching conferences are held every day throughout the year and fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Neuroradiology-specific resident conferences are held two to three times per month. Fellows are expected to prepare and present at least two conferences for the radiology residents during their fellowship.

Radiology Grand Rounds are held throughout the year with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a wide variety of topics.

Imaging Facilities and Locations

Primary location for the fellowship is UMass Memorial Medical Center, University campus.  The fellows are in the University campus for almost all the fellowship, the only exception being 2 weeks rotation in Boston Children's Hospital. They read neuroimaging studies performed at other hospitals of UMass Memorial healthcare, from the University Campus.

  • University Campus is located on Lake Avenue North and is home to the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its research facilities. UMMMC’s trauma center stroke services are located on this campus providing a large volume of neuroimaging cases. University Campus is the primary site of all neurointerventional services. The campus has two state-of-the art neurointerventional Philips biplane rooms.
  • Memorial Campus is the sister campus located a mile from the main University Campus. It houses the neonatology services.
  • UMMIC is our outpatient MRI center located on Shrewsbury Street just minutes from University and Memorial Campuses. It houses 1 3T and 2 1.5T MR systems. PET-CT is also performed at this site and interpreted by the Nuclear Medicine Division.
  • UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital, with campuses in Clinton, MA and Leominster, MA.
  • UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough, MA.

Scanners

  • 9 CT scanners including one 128 slice Siemens dual energy CT.
  • 7 clinical MR systems: 6 1.5 Tesla and 1 3T magnets
  • 1 PET/CT

Annual imaging volume

50,000 diagnostic neuroimaging studies.

Each fellow performs approximately 50-60 angiograms and 50-60 lumbar puncture/myleograms.

Research

Fellows are encouraged to participate in current research projects, or initiate projects under supervision of the faculty. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the basic science research as well. Academic time is provided throughout the year for the fellow to work on research interests. Fellows are expected to have completed one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and at least in one abstract in a societal annual conference by the end of the year.

Fellows have the resources of the New England Center for Stroke Research https://www.umassmed.edu/necstr/ which includes full IR suite and 3T Philips MRI.

Fellowship Information, Requirements and Application

The program participates in the NRMP-sponsored Neuroradiology Match. We follow the calendar set forth by the NRMP. 

Positions Available: 2
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
ACGME accreditation: Yes
Application Dates: Applicants can begin applying through ERAS, November 21, 2019
Interview Dates: January – March 2020

Requirements:

Applicants must have completed a radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME by the time they begin their fellowship at UMMMC. Applicants must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or equivalent. Acceptance is contingent on obtaining Massachusetts medical license by start date of Fellowship.

Applicants should also review University of Massachusetts GME eligibility requirements found on the GME website - https://www.umassmed.edu/gme/future-residentsfellows/eligibile/.

Contact Information:

Annika Mitchell and Karen Granquist
Fellowship Program Coordinator (Interim)
Tel: 508.856.5749
Fax: 508.856.1860
Annika.Mitchell@umassmed.edu
Karen.Granquist@umassmed.edu

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