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Cardiovascular Imaging (Noninvasive) Fellowship

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

The division is currently accepting applications for one year fellowships in cardiovascular imaging starting in July 2015 and July 2016.

Goal of fellowship

The goal of the 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. 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 7 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, and 1,000 vascular MRs per year. Fellows have complete access to state of the art CT and MR equipment. This includes dual source 128 and 384 slice CT scanners, one dedicated to cardiovascular imaging and a second in the emergency department). Additional equipment includes 64 through 256 detector-row CT scanners with dual energy and high-resolution capabilities from multiple vendors, 1.5 and 3 Tesla MRI scanners from multiple vendors (including a dedicated 1.5 Tesla cardiovascular MRI), and combined PET/CT and PET/MRI scanners. The department is completely digital with integrated PACS and voice recognition systems. Cardiovascular imaging fellows have access to 3D post-processing tools from several vendors as well as an independently staffed 3D lab. A total of ten PACS / 3D workstations are available in a dedicated cardiovascular vascular reading room. Imaging is performed by the fellows in collaboration with dedicated cardiovascular CT and MR technologists as well as a dedicated vascular ultrasound lab. Cardiovascular imaging fellows can expect to qualify for level III certifcation in cardiac MR and CT at the conclusion of the fellowship.

 

 

Didactic Teaching Curriculum

In addition to daily readout sessions in cardiovascular CT and MR, comprehensive didactic teaching opporutnities 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 insitutional level (PHS Resident Salary 2014-2015 - PDF). 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.

 

 

 

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.

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The MGH Cardiovascular Imaging division is currently accepting applications for one-year clinical fellowships beginning in July 2015 and 2016. To apply please complete the following.

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Fellowship application form (Download PDF)
  3. Personal statement
  4. Three current letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Brian Ghoshhajra (see below). One letter must 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.

Please address applications and questions to Brian Ghoshhajra, MD, MBA, Fellowship Director.

Brian Ghoshhajra, MD, MBA
c/o Tori Walsh
Department of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114

Email: bghoshhajra@mgh.harvard.edu

We look forward to receiving your credentials and meeting you during the recruitment season