Overview

The VCU Department of Radiology offers a variety of non-CAQ fellowship positions for radiology students. Our Department also sponsors eight to ten fellowships each year in a number of subspecialties, enabling fellows to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in an academic or private practice setting.

Fellowship Programs

The following fellowship programs are available:

Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

The VCU Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship in abdominal imaging, accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Training includes experience with all facets of abdominal CT scanning, ultrasound, abdominal MRI and gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology. Fellows are also taught intraoperative, endosonography, color-flow vascular applications and routine adult and pediatric ultrasound.

Interventional techniques such as biopsy and drainage using CT and ultrasound guidance are included in the fellow’s training. Practical experience with abdominal MRI, including magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is offered. Teaching, conference participation and involvement in ongoing research activities are required. A range of teaching files in CT, MR, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and ultrasound are available for the fellow’s use.

Breast Imaging Fellowship

Our one-year breast imaging fellowship program 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 localizations and second opinion consultations. We provide services at two sites: the Nelson Clinic at the downtown campus and the outpatient center at Stony Point.

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 for 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.

Emergency Radiology Fellowship

Our one-year fellowship in emergency radiology (ER) focuses on the full range of imaging in an emergency department setting. The fellowship includes imaging of trauma patients and those with medical and non-traumatic surgical conditions. In addition to time in the emergency radiology department, the fellow will spend time in neuroradiology, abdominal imaging and cardiothoracic imaging to focus on interpretation and management of ER-related conditions.

The fellow will learn the full range of CT, ultrasound, conventional imaging and, where appropriate, MR findings for ER patients. Fellows are under the supervision of four dedicated emergency radiology attendings in a busy, urban emergency room at a large academic tertiary care medical center which is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a designated stroke center. Our emergency radiology section is active 24/7/365, generating and interpreting approximately 100,000 studies per year. There are two dedicated state-of-the art Siemens CT scanners located in the Emergency Department in addition to conventional imaging and ultrasound.

The fellow will be actively involved in all aspects of emergency radiology and will learn how to protocol and triage studies in an emergency setting while working with a team of emergency and subspecialty physicians. The fellow will also become versed in regulatory, compliance and legal issues associated with an emergency radiology practice.

MRI Fellowship

The VCU Department of Radiology may offer up to two, one-year MRI fellowships. This fellowship may include rotations in abdominal MRI, non-invasive 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

For the academic year starting July 1, 2021, the VCU Department of Radiology musculoskeletal imaging and intervention (MSK) section will be participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered.

The musculoskeletal imaging and intervention fellowship emphasizes all aspects and modalities related to musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and imaging-guided intervention. We have a diverse spectrum of pathology and many strong clinical departments. We are active within orthopaedics, sports medicine, orthopaedic oncology, joint replacement, orthopaedic spine and hand/wrist/elbow sections. Rheumatology, medical oncology, endocrinology, infectious disease, neurosurgery and transplant surgery are also clinically and academically active.

There are numerous educational and academic opportunities for fellows and residents, including monthly interdisciplinary and sectional conferences. Fellows are advised to participate in resident and medical student conferences, and a single formal research project is strongly encouraged. Fellows who engage in formal research are provided academic and meeting time.

Thoracic Imaging Fellowship

The thoracic imaging fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of cardiopulmonary imaging. Our fellows are actively involved in clinical thoracic imaging under the supervision of the program director and the thoracic imaging faculty. Fellows are exposed to a wide spectrum of pathologic processes, diseases and disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system and mediastinum.

Fellows receive mentoring in the diagnostic interpretation of thoracic CT, high-resolution chest CT, CT aortography, MR and conventional chest radiography (x-ray), as well as in the performance of lung biopsies and pleural drainages. Fellows desiring additional training and clinical experience in cardiac CT and cardiac MRI are allotted three months of dedicated time in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging.

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. 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.

Two to three radiology residents at various levels of training and two to four fourth-year medical students rotate through our specialty on a monthly basis. Thoracic imaging fellows regularly participate in both resident and medical student education at the workstation and in teaching conferences. We have an active clinical research program and fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects in conjunction with our staff.

Women's Imaging Fellowship

We offer a one-year fellowship focused on the imaging of women-related diseases. The fellow spends six months in breast imaging (breast MR, ultrasound, mammography, biopsy) and six months in abdominal imaging (MR, CT and ultrasound) with emphasis on all aspects and modalities related to diagnostic imaging and image-guided biopsy.

There is a large volume and a diverse spectrum of diseases related to women seen at the institution with strong clinical departments, including Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), surgical oncology, GYN oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, internal medicine and pathology. There is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center, Massey Cancer Center featuring a breast health group dedicated to integrated and expedited care of breast cancer patients. There is also a women’s health group focused on women’s health issues of all kinds. There are state-of-the art CT and MR scanners throughout the department and a large number of abdominal MRs and CTs are performed daily.

Salary and Benefits

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How to Apply

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

For the academic year beginning July 1, 2021, all interviews for fellowship positions will take place between December 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. No interviews will be scheduled or conducted outside of this time frame.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, musculoskeletal imaging and intervention (MSK) section will be participating in the NRMP Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered.

Please send any questions to radfellows@vcuhealth.org.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials to Sherry Elliott at sherry.elliott@vcuhealth.org:

  • Completed VCU Department of Radiology Fellowship Application [PDF]
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Copy of National Board scores
  • Letter from the dean of your medical school
  • 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
Contact for Application Materials

Application Submission

Submit application materials to the VCU Department of Radiology or contact us with questions.