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Education of our Neuroradiology Fellows revolves around our excellent case material that accrues continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mass General is exceptionally strong in the clinical neurosciences and is consistently rated as one of the top two or three hospitals in this arena. In addition, we provide a series of specialized teaching conferences designed for the education of our fellows. There are numerous joint conferences held between ourselves and other clinical services designed for patient management which are also excellent for educational purposes. Clinical programs of the highest quality have been established at Mass General in acute stroke, neuro-oncology, skull base neoplasms, pediatric neurology, aneurysms and AVMs, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and movement disorders. We are thus engaged with state-of-the-art approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of all major CNS diseases.
We are leaders in the field of image-guided stroke therapy, including the use of CT angiography and perfusion along with MR diffusion and perfusion in the emergency setting. Our Emergency Department is equipped with its own MRI scanner to facilitate triage of the acute stroke patient.
We are one of the first institutions in the country to have installed a 3.0-Tesla magnet MRI scanner for clinical use.
The staff neuroradiologists at Mass General are a unique strength. Members of our staff include Drs. R. Gilberto Gonzalez, Pamela Schaefer, Michael H. Lev, and Brad Buchbinder who have international reputations as experts in Neuroradiology. Junior staff are engaged in cutting-edge research activities that are helping to define the frontiers of neuroimaging.
The Neuroradiology Fellowship at Mass General is a rigorous program of clinical teaching and exposure to research designed to train outstanding neuroradiologists and leaders in our rapidly evolving subspecialty. We are engaged with state-of-the-art approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of all major CNS diseases.
Education of our neuroradiology fellows revolves around our excellent case material that accrues continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MGH is exceptionally strong in the clinical neurosciences and is consistently rated among the top three hospitals in this arena. In addition, we provide a series of specialized teaching conferences designed for the education of our fellows. Numerous joint conferences are co-hosted by Neuroradiology and other clinical divisions, designed for patient management and excellent for educational purposes.
- MGH daily schedule with several assignments including 4-6 weeks of MGH pediatric neuroradiology (8 months)
- Cerebral Angiography/Vertebral Augmentation with MGH Interventional Neuroradiology (2 months)
- Pediatric Neuroradiology at Children’s Hospital of Boston (1 month)
- Head and Neck Radiology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (1 month)
- MGH daily schedule with several assignments (8.5 months)
- Electives in Head and Neck (MEEI), Pediatric Neuroradiology (CHB), Cerebral Angiography/Vertebral Augmentation, spine procedures or research (3 months)
- Spine procedures (percutaneous pain management: epidural, facet, and nerve root injections) at New England Baptist Hospital (2 weeks)
During the second year, fellows have Junior Attending Status responsible for reading out cases at MGH with senior attendings available for consultation.
- Evening Shift
- 7 consecutive evenings
- Number of evening-shift weeks depends on the total number of fellows; however, it has averaged to 3-4 weeks per year for the last 2 years
- Each shift begins at 4:30 PM on Friday and lasts through the following Thursday.
- The fellow is in-house until 1:00 AM, reading out all neuroradiology cases from the ER and any inpatient cases for which a reading is requested
- At 1:00 AM, the fellow hands over the beeper to the overnight radiology resident in the ER but remains available to him or her as back-up until 7:30 AM the next morning
- Weekend Call
- Both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
- The number of weekends depends on the total number of fellows; however, it has averaged to 6 weekends per year for the past 2 years.
- Two fellows are on call with one attending for the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
Call duty responsibilities are the same during both the first and second year of the fellowship.
- Introduction to Neuroradiology Lecture Series
- An introduction to Neuroradiology lecture series for the neuroradiology fellows (Monday through Friday at 12:15 PM) is presented by the neuroradiology attending staff from the beginning of July to the end of August
- Physics Lecture Series
- A month-long series of physics lectures for the neuroradiology fellows occurs in the fall
- MGH / Harvard Neuroradiology and Head & Neck Radiology Course
- Every year, the Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary hostsa week-long Neuroradiology and Head & Neck Radiology course
- Each fellow is invited to attend at least two days
- Radiology Resident Neuroradiology Mini-Course
- Each year, a month-long noon-time mini-course is held for the MGH radiology residents
- Each fellow is expected to attend
- Fellow Case Conferences
- The fellows present case conferences on Mondays (12:15 pm) and Wednesdays (12:15 pm)
- Case material is from MGH, Mass Eye and Ear, and Boston Children’s Hospital
- Neurointerventional Conferences
- The neurointerventional service gives conferences on Tuesdays (4:30 pm) which include quality assurance conferences, didactic lectures, and journal clubs
- Neuroradiology Teaching File
- Each Thursday afternoon (4:30 pm), the interesting cases of the week are discussed by the neuroradiology section over pizza
- Twice a month on Tuesday at noon, pediatric neuroradiology and advanced imaging (PET, fMRI) present interesting cases
- Guest Lectures and Journal Clubs
- Once a month, journal clubs and guest lecturers from other sections within MGH and other institutions occur on Fridays at noon
- Guest lecturers include clinical subspecialty talks as they pertain to neuroradiology;
- Includes practice quality improvement lectures and lectures on research methodology and grants
- fMRI Conference
- The second-year fellows are invited to attend the Martinos Center 5-day intensive fMRI course
- The department covers the attendance cost
Research in neuroradiology at Mass General is at the forefront. Clinical applications of functional MRI, including diffusion and perfusion MRI, are more advanced than at any other institution. We are also active in developing clinical applications of MR spectroscopy. Our close working relationship with the MRI group makes possible these cutting-edge research efforts. In addition, active research programs in functional brain mapping, PET studies of neoplasms and several projects in the interventional area are available for participation by fellows.
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Neuroradiology Division’s two-year ACGME-accredited diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship. We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you during the interview season.
We participate in the neuroradiology fellowship match administered by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). All applicants must register for the match. Be aware that deadlines differ each year.
1. Fill out the downloadable Fellowship Application and mail to:
Pamela W. Schaefer, M.D.
Department of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Gray 2- Room 273A
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA 02114
2. Include the following documents with the application:
- Personal statement
- Copy of medical school diploma
- Copy of USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 scores
- 3 letters of recommendation
For applicants who went to a foreign medical school, please include:
- Copy of ECFMG certificate
- Visa status/copy of visa
Once your application is complete, we will evaluate your documents and invite you to arrange an interview. Offers for personal interviews will be made upon completion of the application; therefore, we encourage prompt submission.
The interview process includes spending a day with the division, interviews with the staff, opportunities to talk to current fellows and a departmental and hospital tour.
If you are selected for an interview, please provide us with contact information, including work phone, beeper number and e-mail address, and available dates for an interview.
For more information, please contact: