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

Please note: For the 2020 academic year - starting July 1, 2020 - the deadlines for the Fellowship applications are as follows:

  • Abdominal Imaging Fellowship: October 1, 2018
  • MRI Fellowship: October 1, 2018
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Fellowship: February 15, 2019
  • Breast Imaging Fellowship: February 15, 2019
  • Thoracic Radiology Fellowship: October 1, 2018
  • Emergency Radiology Fellowship: October 1, 2018
  • Women's Imaging Fellowship: October 1, 2018

Application materials for any of the non-CAQ fellowships can be downloaded from the Application Process section on this webpage.

For the academic year starting July 1, 2020, The Section of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology will be participating in the SBI Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered. The deadline for Breast Imaging fellowship applications is February 15, 2019.

For the academic year starting July 1, 2020, the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Section in the Department of Radiology will be participating in the NRMP Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered. The Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention section will accept applications beginning July 1, 2018; and will begin interviewing applicants on November 25, 2018. The deadline for Fellowship applications is February 15, 2019.

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

For the academic year starting July 1, 2020, the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Section in the Department of Radiology will be participating in the NRMP Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered. The Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention section will accept applications beginning October 1, 2018; and will begin interviewing applicants on November 25, 2018. The deadline for Fellowship applications is February 15, 2019.

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 2017, approximately 44,000 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 12 – 24 interventional procedures each day between its outpatient facilities at Stony Point, the NEW VCU Health Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center at Short Pump in Richmond’s west end, and inpatient services at the VCU Medical Center, ranging from simple image-guided joint injections, aspirations 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, 2020, applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2018. Interviews will commence January 1, 2019. Application deadline for this fellowship is February 15, 2019 for the 2020 appointment year. As per SBI Fellowship Match Program rules, 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Emergency Radiology Fellowship

The Department of Radiology at VCU Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond,VA offers a one-year fellowship in Emergency Radiology focusing on the full range of imaging in the emergency department setting. The fellowship includes not only imaging of trauma patients but also those with medical and non-traumatic surgical conditions.

In addition to time in the Emergency Radiology Department, the fellow will spend dedicated time in neuroradiology, abdominal imaging and cardiothoracic radiology focusing on interpretation and management of ER-related conditions.

The fellow will learn the full range of CT, US, conventional imaging and, where appropriate, MR findings, in the ER patient under the supervision of 4 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. The Emergency Radiology Department is active 24/7/365 generating and interpreting approximately 100,000 studies per year. There are 2 dedicated state-of-the art Siemens CT scanners located in the ED in addition to conventional imaging and US.

The Emergency Radiology Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of emergency imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in Emergency Radiology in an academic or private practice setting, enhanced skills for a busy private practice or for a teleradiology practice. The fellow will be actively involved in all aspects of emergency radiology imaging and will also learn how to protocol and triage studies in the emergency setting, how to work with a team of emergency and subspecialty physicians in a busy ER environment, and how to understand the regulatory, compliance, and legal issues associated with an emergency radiology practice.

Applicants should have completed an accredited residency in diagnostic radiology and be board eligible or board certified at the time of the fellowship year. Applications should be submitted to Sherry Elliott, sherry.elliott@vcuhealth.org.

Deadline for submission of applications for July 1, 2020 fellowship is October 1, 2018.

Women's Imaging Fellowship

The Department of Radiology at VCU Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia offers a one-year fellowship in Women’s Imaging, focused on the imaging of women-related diseases. The fellow spends 6 mo in Breast Imaging ( Breast MR, US, mammography, biopsy) and 6 mo in Abdominal Imaging (MR, CT, and US) 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 of OB/GYN, surgical oncology, GYN oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, internal medicine and pathology. There is an NCI designated cancer center, Massey Cancer Center with a Breast Health group dedicated to integrated and expedited care of breast cancer patients, and a Women’s Health group, focused on women’s health issues of all kinds. There is state-of-the art CT and MR scanners throughout the Department and a large number of abdominal MRs and CTs are performed daily.

The Women’s Imaging Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of women’s imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in Women’s Imaging in an academic or private practice setting.

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:

For Electronic Submissions, please E-mail: Sherry.Elliott@vcuhealth.org

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

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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

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: The CAQ Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) traditional fellowship program will sunset nationwide on June 30, 2020. The VCU Health Vascular Interventional Radiology Residency Program is under application. The VIR Residency Director is Dr. Daniel Komorowski (Daniel.komorowski@vcuhealth.org).

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