Fellowship Program

Fellowship Positions and Application Process

The Department of Radiology on VCU’s MCV Campus offers a variety CAQ and Non-CAQ fellowship positions for radiology students.

 

Non-CAQ Fellowships

The deadline for July 2018 applications (for all programs except Breast Imaging) is Oct. 1, 2016. Application materials for any of the non-CAQ fellowships can be downloaded from the Application Process section on this webpage.

Please make note: For the academic year starting July 1, 2018, The Section of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology will be participating in the SBI Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, there will be no interviews conducted in the Summer/Fall of 2016, and only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered. The deadline for Breast Imaging fellowship applications is February 15, 2017.

Please send any questions to radfellows@vcuhealth.org.

Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

The Section of Abdominal Imaging in the Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship in abdominal imaging, accredited by the American College of Radiology at VCU Health System. The abdominal imaging fellowship includes clinical experience and thorough instruction in body CT, body MRI, GI, GU and ultrasound.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide advanced training in all aspects of abdominal imaging. The fellowship is designed to prepare individuals with an interest in abdominal imaging for an academic career or practice with a large subspecialty private group.

Training includes experience with all facets of abdominal CT scanning, ultrasound, abdominal MRI and gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology. Intraoperative, endosonography and color-flow vascular applications, as well as routine adult and pediatric sonography, are also taught. Interventional techniques such as biopsy and drainage using CT and ultrasound guidance are included in the fellow’s training. Significant experience with abdominal MRI, including MRCP and MRA is offered. Teaching, conference participation and involvement in ongoing research activities are required. Extensive teaching files in CT, MR, GI, GU and ultrasound are available for the fellow’s use.

MRI Fellowship

The Department of Radiology may offer up to two, one-year MRI fellowships. This fellowship may include rotations in abdominal MRI, noninvasive cardiovascular MRI, and neuro MRI in variable combinations. One month of the fellowship is dedicated to learning the techniques of MRI. The minimum length of any one rotation will be three months.

Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Fellowship

The VCU/MCV Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention (MSK) emphasizes all aspects and modalities related musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and imaging guided intervention.  We have a diverse spectrum of pathology here, and many strong clinical departments.  Within Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Oncology, Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Spine, and Hand/Wrist/Elbow Sections are particularly active.  Rheumatology, Medical Oncology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Neurosurgery, and Transplant Surgery are also particularly active, clinically and academically.

As a major academic referral center for central Virginia, and a busy Level 1 Trauma Center, VCU Medical Center (add link) performs approximately 330,000 radiological exams per year.  In 2010, approximately 36,000 MSK exams (excluding ER cases) were performed and interpreted by the MSK section.  The medical center’s equipment includes:  4 1.5T magnets, 6 MDCT’s (including DECT), PET/CT, plus the full complement of IR/fluoro equipment, US, CR, and DR.  The entire enterprise is fully connected and integrated to the HIS.  In addition to an array of diagnostic studies, the MSK section performs approximately 6-12 interventional procedures each day between its outpatient facility at Stony Point and inpatient services at the VCU Medical Center, ranging from simple injections and arthrograms to complex biopsies and RF ablations.  The MSK section also performs spine procedures, including epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks and facet injections. 

In the medical center and MSK section, there are numerous educational and academic opportunities for fellows and residents.  Scheduled interdisciplinary conferences include monthly Sports Medicine Conference, Sarcoma Conference, Rad/Path Conference, and Rheumatology Conference.  There are monthly sectional Arthroscopy Follow-up and Biopsy Follow-up Conferences.  Fellows are encouraged to participate in Resident and Medical Student conferences.  A single formal research project is strongly encouraged.  Fellows who engage in formal research are provided academic time and meeting time.

Breast Imaging Fellowship

The Section of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship.

For academic year starting July 1, 2018, we will be participating in the SBI Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, we will not interview in the Summer/Fall of 2016, and only applicants that are also participating in the Match Program will be considered. This also applies for any Combined Fellowship that includes Breast Imaging, such as Women's Imaging, which will be labeled as a separate track in the Match.

Application deadline for this fellowship is February 15, 2017, for the 2018 appointment year.

The match is sponsored by the Society of Breast Imaging and it will be managed by the National Resident Matching Program. In order to become a fellow with VCU Health, Department of Radiology, Breast Imaging Fellowship you must register with the Radiology Match, of which Breast Imaging is a part.

To apply for a fellowship position in Breast Imaging, please follow our Application Process that is listed below.

Breast Imaging has implemented an All In Policy for the Match. This means that programs participating in the Match cannot extend any offers to candidates outside of the Match program. Applicants can withdraw from the Match prior to the ranking deadline if they accept a position outside of the Match program. This policy also applies to candidates for combined fellowships, such as Women's Imaging, that include Breast Imaging.

Please make note of the following dates:

  • March 22, 2017 - Registration opens
  • April 26, 2017 - Ranking opens
  • May 31, 2017 - Ranking Order List Deadline
  • June 14, 2017 - Match Day
  • July 1, 2018 - Training begins

Cost of the Match : Applicants will pay a $75 registration fee to register for the Match

The breast imaging program at VCU is exciting, thriving, progressive, and patient-centered. We offer screening and diagnostic mammography, including tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, imaging-guided breast and axillary biopsies and fine-needle aspirations, ductography, preoperative wire localizations and second opinion consultations. We provide services at two sites: the Nelson Clinic at our main campus downtown and Stony Point at our outpatient center.

We are a clinically oriented service focused on providing our patients with accurate and efficient care delivered in a compassionate manner. We are set up to complete diagnostic work ups, including biopsies, on the same day of service. Pathology provides us results of any imaging-guided biopsy the next day, and our surgeons will see patients within 48 hours of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Working side by side with staff, the breast imaging fellows are an integral part of the service responsible for all aspects of patient care. The fellows are also responsible for helping cover weekly multidisciplinary conferences, monthly rad-path conferences, as well as teaching residents and medical students.

Thoracic Radiology Fellowship

The Thoracic Imaging Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of cardio-pulmonary imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in academic radiology or in a large subspecialty private practice.

Our fellows are actively involved in all aspects of clinical thoracic imaging under the supervision of the program director and the thoracic imaging faculty and are exposed to a wide spectrum of pathologic processes, diseases and disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system and mediastinum. They receive specific mentoring in the diagnostic interpretation of thoracic CT, high-resolution chest CT, CT aortography, MR, and conventional chest radiography as well as in the performance of lung biopsies and pleural drainages.
Interested fellows may also receive instruction in the performance of radiofrequency ablation for both primary and metastatic disease to the chest through our Interventional Radiology specialty.

Three months of dedicated time in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging is allotted for those fellows desiring additional expert training and clinical experience in state-of-the-art cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.
Additional information regarding this facet of the fellowship experience can be acquired by contacting John D. Grizzard, M.D., Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging.

The VCU Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital, with multiple intensive care units, including a burn ICU, cardiac ICU, cardiac surgical ICU, medical respiratory ICU, neurosurgery ICU, surgical ICU, and surgical-trauma ICU. Additionally, the VCU Medical Center is a level-one trauma center, burn center and cardiac transplant center, performing both orthotopic and artificial heart transplantation. It’s a major oncology referral center with a busy thoracic oncology and general thoracic surgical service.

Every day the Thoracic Imaging specialty receives numerous consults on a multitude of interesting cardiac, pulmonary and mediastinal diseases. We have a strong working relationship with the Division of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine and actively participate in daily radiologic-clinical rounds with these services. 

Fellowship Qualifications

Applicants for any of the above fellowships should have completed an accredited residency in diagnostic radiology and be board eligible or board certified at the time of the fellowship year.

Application Process

To apply, please provide the following materials:

  • Application [PDF]
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Copy of National Board scores
  • Letter from the dean
  • Three letters of recommendation – one from the director of your residency program and two from faculty members well acquainted with your abilities
  • Personal interviews are required

Please forward these materials to:

USPS
Sherry Elliott
VCU Health System
Department of Radiology
Attn: Fellowship Program
P.O. Box 980470
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0470

Fed Ex/UPS
Sherry Elliott
VCU Health System
Department of Radiology
Attn: Fellowship Program
1200 East Broad Street
West Hospital, Room 2-013
Richmond, Virginia 23298

CAQ Fellowships

We accept Fellowship applications from December 1 through January 31st each year for two academic years in advance (example: Applications received Decemer 2016 through January 2017 will be for the 2018/2019 academic year). For any questions, please contact:

Arkwright_Betty

Betty Arkwright
Coordinator for the VIR Fellowship Program
Main Hospital, Room 3-417
Phone: (804) 828-0534
Fax: (804) 628-1132
E-mail: betty.arkwright@vcuhealth.org

 
 
 
Vascular Interventional Radiology Fellowship

The Interventional Radiology specialty offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology. The fellowship includes clinical experience and thorough instruction in all forms of percutaneous image-guided procedures and therapies.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide advanced training in all aspects of interventional radiology. The fellowship is designed to prepare individuals with an interest in interventional radiology for an academic career or practice with a large subspecialty private group.

Training includes experience with all forms of image-guided procedures, including diagnostic angiography, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, vascular stents, IVC filters, thrombolysis, venous access, embolotherapy, TIPS, venous ablation, radiofrequency ablation, percutaneous genitourinary and biliary procedures, as well as abdominal and thoracic aortic stent grafts. Training will also include CTA and MRA interpretation as well as involvement with the vascular lab.

Qualifications

Applicants for any of the above fellowships should have completed an accredited residency in diagnostic radiology and be board eligible or board certified at the time of the fellowship year. All materials and other supporting material must be submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Service.  This includes your application and all materials listed below.

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Copy of USMLE scores
  • Letter from the dean
  • Three letters of recommendation – one from the director of your residency program and two from faculty members well acquainted with your abilities
  • Visa requirements: J1 Visa or permanent residency required
  • Personal interviews are required

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