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Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship (Noninvasive)

The Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship prepares radiologists to run or develop a state-of-the-art noninvasive cardiac and vascular imaging service and conduct cardiovascular imaging research.

Overview

The division is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowships in cardiovascular imaging starting in July 2016 and July 2017.

Goal of fellowship

The goal of the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School clinical cardiovascular imaging fellowship is to train board-certified or board-eligible radiologists to independently run or develop a state-of-the-art clinical cardiac and vascular imaging service and to conduct cardiovascular imaging research. The fellowship provides comprehensive didactic training that enables fellows to develop an in-depth knowledge of cardiac imaging techniques, the role of imaging in the cardiac workup, disease entities and their imaging findings. Fellows will be exposed to all aspects of cardiac and vascular imaging and can expect to qualify for level III certification in cardiac CT and MR at the conclusion of their fellowship. Fellows are also given high-level exposure to advanced vascular imaging of noncardiac structures using CTA, MRA, and ultrasound.

Clinical experience

The Massachusetts General Hospital is a 1,057 bed tertiary care academic hospital located in downtown Boston and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. MGH is a level-one trauma center, adult congenital heart disease referral center, pediatric hospital, percutaneous valve implantation center, cancer referral center, burn center, and lung and cardiac transplantation service with busy cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular, and interventional radiology departments. The MGH Cardiovascular Imaging Division is a multidisciplinary group comprised of 8 cardiovascular radiologists and 4 cardiologists dedicated to cardiovascular imaging.

The division performs over 3,000 cardiac CTs, 1,300 cardiac MRs, 5,000 vascular CTs, (including PET/CTA), and 1,000 vascular MRs per year. Fellows have complete access to state-of-the-art equipment including a dedicated second-generation dual-source 128-slice scanner for cardiovascular imaging and a third-generation dual-source 192-slice scanner in the emergency department to support a robust Acute Chest Pain program. Additional equipment includes over a dozen main campus MDCT scanners with dual energy and high-resolution capabilities, 1.5T and 3.0T MRI scanners from multiple vendors with dedicated cardiovascular MRI subspecialty technologists, and access to combined PET/CT and PET/MRI scanners. Cardiovascular imaging fellows work in a dedicated cardiovascular imaging reading room in a team environment including rotating cardiology fellows, cardiothoracic imaging fellows, radiology residents, and medical students. Fellows have access to advanced 3D post-processing tools from multiple vendors and an independently staffed 3D Lab. Extensive multidisciplinary teaching conferences and ample research opportunities are available. The fellowship includes a clinical appointment at Harvard Medical School with access to citywide Harvard University facilities.

Please address applications and questions to Fellowship Program Directors Dr. Brian Ghoshhajra and Dr. Nina Meyersohn.

Curriculum

Didactic Teaching Curriculum

In addition to daily readout sessions in cardiovascular CT and MR, comprehensive didactic teaching opportunities are available including:

  • A weekly clinical Cardiac CT and MRI conference. Fellows rotating through CT and MRI present interesting clinical cases with catheter or pathologic correlation. Occasionally, this conference is held in the form of a mortality and morbidity conference.
  • A bimonthly interdisciplinary clinical pediatric congenital heart disease conference. In this conference, sub specialty cardiologists (pediatric cardiologists, echocardiographers and interventional cardiologists) as well as pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac radiologists discuss the diagnostic work up and treatment of current patients with congenital heart disease.
  • Weekly cardiology division grand rounds, with national and international visiting speakers.
  • Bimonthly Thoracic Aorta Center grand rounds. 
  • Weekly Structural Heart Disease rounds.
  • Weekly Thoracic Radiology conference.
  • Bimonthly Radiology grand rounds.
  • Weekly Cardiac MR PET CT program research rounds.

Benefits

The stipend and benefits are maintained at the standard Partners institutional level (PHS Resident Salary 2014-2015). Fellows receive an appointment at Harvard Medical School and participate in the teaching of residents and medical students who rotate on the cardiac and vascular imaging services.

Research Experience

The MGH Imaging Department has been awarded the largest NIH funding among all radiology departments in the country for the last decade. The division of Cardiovascular Imaging has an active research program and has produced over 500 publications and has been awarded more than 15 NIH grants. Faculty are recognized leaders in cardiovascular imaging, including leadership of imaging societies, editors of journals, and principal investigators of large multicenter trials. Please see this list of recent publications and the Cardiac MR PET CT program website for additional details.

The primary focus of the dedicated Cardiovascular Research Fellowship program is the development of clinical research skills. As fellows are exposed to various research laboratories, they will be introduced to diverse MR and CT research and related projects and may choose a mentor who matches the fellow’s research interests. Research projects within the division range from basic MR and CT technology development and dose reduction techniques to large multicenter imaging trials such as ROMICAT I, ROMICAT II, and PROMISE.

How to Apply

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The MGH Cardiovascular Imaging division is currently accepting applications for a one-year clinical fellowships beginning in July 2017. To apply please complete the following, addressed to program directors Dr. Brian Ghoshhajra and Dr. Nina Meyersohn.

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Fellowship application form
  3. Personal statement
  4. Three current letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the Residency Program Director
  5. Copies of USMLE scores (steps 1-3)

Graduates of foreign medical schools should be aware that you must be eligible for a limited or full license in the State of Massachusetts in order to be considered.

Email:
bghoshhajra@mgh.harvard.edu
nmeyersohn@mgh.harvard.edu

Written correspondence:
c/o Roxanne Wilkins
Cardiac MR PET CT Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114

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