Breast Imaging Fellowship

A comprehensive breast imaging fellowship offering world-class staff, varied clinical cases, and in-depth exposure to all aspects of screening, diagnostic, interventional and research breast imaging experiences.

Mass General Hospital Breast Imaging is proud to offer a very comprehensive breast imaging fellowship. We offer world-class staff, varied clinical cases, leading-edge technology and an in-house research program. Since we are organ based, we offer our fellows in depth exposure to all aspects of screening, diagnostic, interventional and research breast imaging experiences. Graduates of our fellowship program have been successful in both academic and private practice.

As the breast imaging fellow, you will have exposure to a high volume of digital screening mammograms, digital diagnostic mammograms, breast tomosynthesis, breast MRI and interventional procedures. We have many tomosynthesis machines in use and were the first institution in the US to offer the new technology, which was pioneered at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Interventional procedures include: stereotactic core biopsy, ultrasound-guided interventions, needle localization and MRI guided biopsy.

There is ample volume of cases from which to learn. Each day the Mass General Breast Imaging Division performs 170 screening mammograms, 50 diagnostic mammograms, 15 MRI cases and 8 to 12 biopsy procedures. These studies are obtained and reviewed with state-of-the-art technology. We have both GE and Hologic digital mammography machines (9 total), a prone Lorad stereotactic core biopsy table, both GE and Phillips ultrasound machines, and perform MRI with 1.5 and 3T GE magnets.

There are numerous opportunities for fellows to develop or continue research in the Breast Imaging Division. We offer on site clinical research facilities with many full time dedicated research staff. On going research projects include; 3D Mammography (tomosynthesis), MRI, optical research, electrical impedance and many other topics. Additionally, interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged with rotations in Breast Surgery and Breast Pathology. The fellow will have protected academic time for research projects.


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We will be accepting applications from June 1, 2014 to August 20, 2014. The majority of the interviews will be conducted in October.

Selection Process

The selection process involves an initial assessment of your CV, personal statement and letters of recommendation (see Application Materials, below). Selected applicants will be invited for interviews with the MGH Breast Imaging staff members and lunch with our current fellows. Applicants will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with our working environment and facilities. Currently we offer two fellowship positions.

Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs, IMGs)

Foreign medical graduates are encouraged to apply for our fellowship. Please Note: to be considered for a fellowship position, you must have passed the entire USMLE (Steps 1, 2, 3, CSA and TOEFL) and be eligible for a Full Medical License at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please visit the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and Massachusetts Medical Board for more detailed information.

Guidelines for Application Materials

Important: Please do not send us documents other than those listed below, as this creates unnecessary paperwork. If other documents are deemed necessary (e.g., Medical School transcripts, USMLE score transcripts, residency rotation reports) we will contact you and request the specific documents. We do not require the Universal Fellowship Application Form, so there is no need to send one with your application materials.

You may send your application documents piecemeal, as long as you send only the required documents.

Due to the large number of applications we receive every year, we strongly encourage you to follow these three steps regarding application materials:

1. Required documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (please see note below regarding format)
  • Personal statement (please see note below regarding format)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (no specific format)
  • All board scores

2. Follow these Formats:

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Personal statement: State why you are willing to pursue a Breast Imaging Radiology fellowship position at MGH. Do not exceed one (1) page, use single space, font Arial 11 or Times 12, one-inch margins.

3. Send Application Materials to:

G. Scott Gazelle, MD, MPH, PhD
Mansi A. Saksena, MD
Breast Imaging Division
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street, ACC219
Boston, MA 02114

If you wish, you may send your CV and personal statement by email to Sarah O'Shaughnessy.