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Training future radiologists is central to the mission of the Mass General Department of Radiology. Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, discusses our commitment to education and the key role residents and fellows play within the department. Watch now >
The length of training is 12 months, following completion of Diagnostic Radiology residency. The ACGME approved program leads to eligibility for subspecialty certification in Nuclear Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.
The Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Division of the Department of Radiology provides nuclear medicine resources for Mass General, a 900-bed major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School that offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery on-site and at out-patient health centers in the Boston area. More than 14,000 nuclear imaging studies are performed and interpreted within the Division yearly, providing a broad array of teaching material for Nuclear Radiology fellows. The Division is staffed by eight full or part time Nuclear Medicine or Nuclear Radiology physicians, and has close collaborations with other subspecialty divisions within the Radiology Department, as well as with the Cardiac Unit and the Thyroid Unit at MGH.
The primary goal of the Nuclear Radiology Fellowship is to provide graduates of radiology residency programs a broad-based educational experience through which the scientific knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes needed to assume a leadership role in the field of nuclear radiology will be developed. The program is designed to train the next generation of both academic nuclear radiologists, who will expand the frontiers of medical imaging, and private practice radiologists who will bring the most current imaging techniques into community hospitals.
Applicants to the Fellowship Program must be enrolled in or have already completed an ACGME-certified Radiology Residency or an equivalent foreign program. By the time of entry into the program, residency must be successfully completed and the fellow must be eligible for a Massachusetts Limited License. All appointments are contingent upon the fellow obtaining and maintaining this license. Fellows are selected on the basis of their medical training, general achievements, personal qualities, and commitment to furthering the field of nuclear radiology.
Fellow responsibilities consist of routine weekday clinical service coverage, as well as attendance at various didactic sessions and conferences held during the day. There is no in-house after hours call. On-call responsibilities consist of beeper call from home, and involve roughly one weekend per month and 1-2 weeknights per week. The fellow serves as the first call responder to requests for emergency nuclear medicine procedures. These requests are handled jointly with an on-call nuclear medicine staff physician, who provides advice, supervision, and review of all aspects of the procedures. Fellows will work along with MGH Radiology residents who are rotating through the Nuclear Imaging Division.
During the year of training, fellows will gain expertise in all nuclear medicine techniques used for diagnosis and treatment of diseases, the physics involved in the emission and detection of radiation, the chemistry of radiopharmaceuticals, the biological effects of radiation, and the instrumentation used in nuclear radiology. During the course of training, fellows will assume gradually increasing levels of responsibility. By the completion of the program, graduates will have obtained a high level of skill in the planning, supervision, and interpretation of all clinical diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures and be capable of serving as a sophisticated consultant to referring physicians. Those who wish to pursue a career in academic nuclear radiology will be able to direct high quality research studies.
Didactic training will include the following topics:
A full range of clinical and research efforts are supported by both single photon and positron nuclear pharmacies, staffed by five nuclear pharmacists. The Division’s research operations involve more than 85 research personnel, including 25 PhD level scientists. Division resources currently include two PET/CT scanners, two PET scanners, an on-site cyclotron, 1 SPECT/CT scanner, 10 SPECT cameras, five of which are dedicated to nuclear cardiology imaging, and multiple state-of-the-art workstations dedicated to the processing, viewing, and fusion of multi-modality images. The Division has over 10,000 sq. ft. of preclinical and clinical research space. Major preclinical research equipment includes microPET, fluorescence imaging systems, full laboratory facilities for chemical and radiochemical synthesis including HPLCs, chemical analytical equipment, fume hoods, and leadlined fume hoods; biological and histological analysis equipment; and rodent housing and rodent surgical areas. In addition to clinical equipment listed above, two brain and whole body PET-MR scanners are available for clinical use.Fellows have full privileges to the extensive educational resources of the hospital’s Treadwell Library and those of Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library including the use of their electronic resources.
Massachusetts General HospitalDepartment of RadiologyDivision of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imagingc/o Melissa KnightFellowship Coordinator55 Fruit StreetWhite 427Boston, MA 02114Email: email@example.com
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