International Visiting Fellowships
The International Visiting Fellowships provide comprehensive, individualized exposure to state-of-the-art imaging and intervention in an academic setting.
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The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology offers several International Visiting Fellowships. These are designed to provide the visiting radiologist with an opportunity for personalized continuing education.
The Department of Radiology contains 11 divisions devoted to the fields of magnetic resonance imaging, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric radiology, chest radiology, vascular radiology, emergency radiology, nuclear medicine, breast imaging, gastrointestinal / genitourinary radiology, head and neck radiology. The department offers state-of-the-art technology in all fields of radiology including MRI, CT and PET scanning. The department is actively involved in telemedicine and teleradiology with several national and international sites currently online. Daily work rounds and weekly clinical conferences are held in almost all of the sections. Daily morning case discussion conferences and lunch time didactic conferences are given for the benefit of all the radiologists in the department. Each section contains an extensive teaching file and some sections have developed interactive laser disc education programs.
The goal of the International Visiting Fellowship is to provide a comprehensive, individualized exposure in state of the art imaging and intervention in an academic setting. Each visiting fellow is assigned one mentor in their field or fields of interest. The mentor's responsibility is to provide supervision, and education through regular meetings with the fellow. Fellow involvement in research and paper writing is also possible. The fellow's responsibility is to be present during the clinical work-day and attend the various conferences. Additional scheduled time for research is also possible. Rotations in a given subspecialty are no less than one month in length.
International Visiting Fellowships
Visiting Fellows will participate in the functions of the various specialized sections of the department, working in a clinical and educational environment emphasizing current clinical practices, newer radiological techniques, and the operation of state-of-the-art imaging modalities.
Specific educational opportunities include:
- Observation of general and specialized procedures
- Participation in review of daily case material
- Review sessions with the faculty
- Possible involvement in clinical research and publications
- Attending departmental and interdepartmental conferences
- Self-instructional slide/tape and videotape programs
- The Massachusetts General Hospital Radiology Teaching Collection
- The ACR Learning Laboratory
Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology
Neuroimaging and Neuroradiology
Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology
Radiation Safety in CT
Chest Radiology: Comprehensive experience in chest and cardiac diseases, including CT, MRI, Intensive care radiology, and needle biopsy techniques. Exposure to daily film sessions and teaching conferencesEmergency Radiology: Comprehensive experience in imaging acute traumatic and non-traumatic conditions in the emergency radiology Division. This fellowship emphasizes newer imaging modalities in the diagnosis and evaluation of trauma, especially computed tomography, and three-dimensional computed tomography utilizing an advantage Windows workstation. Emergency Radiology visiting fellows will receive instruction during didactic teaching sessions, daily film review, teaching collection conferences, trauma rounds, and observation of procedures and teaching collection.Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology: Covers conventional contrast examination, body imaging with ultrasound, CT and MR, abdominal interventional procedures including biopsies, abscess draining, biliary and renal interventions and gastrointestinal tract procedures including percutaneous gastrostomy and cholecystostomy. Gynecologic imaging emphasizes pelvic MR, transvaginal ultrasound and hysterosalpingography.
MRI: The MRI fellowship program introduces participants to both basic principles and advanced techniques in MR image acquisition and interpretation. No prior experience in MRI is necessary to benefit from this practical instruction. The fellowship places strong emphasis on the clinical use of MR imaging (protocol design, assessment of image quality, use of contrast agents, selection of appropriate coils and pulse sequences) and draws on the experience of MGH's radiology staff in neuro, musculoskeletal, vascular and body imaging. The participant is exposed to the department's rich case material in clinical readout sessions and conferences.
Musculoskeletal Radiology: Extensive exposure to all of the imaging modalities as applied to sports medicine, rheumatology, musculoskeletal neoplasms, and general orthopedic surgery. A comprehensive laser disc teaching program in magnetic resonance imaging provides "state of the art" training in the anatomy and pathology of musculoskeletal disorders. Observation of a significant number of procedures including arthrograms, percutaneous needle biopsies of bone and soft tissue lesions, selective and non-selective epidural steroid injections, facet blocks, and therapeutic procedures like heat ablation of osteoid osteoma and therapeutic injections of joints, painful sites and certain benign tumors.
Neuroimaging and Neuroradiology: Complete and intensive exposure to basic and advanced clinical neuroimaging at MGH, where the neurological and neurosurgical case load is outstanding in complexity and volume. Available are all modern imaging modalities for the study of the brain, head and neck and spine including structural and functional MRI & MRA, CT, cerebral and spinal angiography, myelography, clinical PET, neuroembolization and cerebrovascular disease evaluated by ultrasound. Learning opportunities include multiple daily film review sessions, protocol development, observation of procedures and daily teaching conferences. Highlights include a) regular consultative conferences involving world renowned faculty from neuroradiology, neurology, neurosurgery and neuropathology; b) clinical applications of functional MRI in acute stroke, brain tumors and dementia; c) weekly brain cutting neuropathology correlative conference; d) weekly Grand Rounds.
Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology: Observation of daily activities on a busy clinical service and attendance at daily conference. Visiting Fellows participate in the interpretation of studies throughout the day. Continuous interaction with staff nuclear medicine physicians provides insights into current practice and interpretive approaches, although no teaching collection materials or specific didactic sessions are scheduled.
Pediatric Radiology: A comprehensive, educational experience emphasizing clinical correlations with all aspects of pediatric imaging, emergency room, intensive care, CT, MR and all aspects of pediatric ultrasound.
Vascular Radiology; Diagnosis and Intervention: Observation of procedures; participation in work conferences and one to one teaching tailored to the specific needs of each visiting fellow. Procedures and topics include angioplasty; regional thrombolysis; superselective catheterization techniques; transcatheter embolization; inferior vena cava filter placement, general diagnostic angiography; stent placement, TIPS, venous access; chemo-embolization; ultrasound duplex imaging and color doppler, CT and MR imaging of blood vessels.
Breast Imaging: Exposure to all aspects of Breast Imaging including all procedures, screening exams, diagnostic exams, US, MRI, CT, and digital mammography
Radiation Safety in CT
Please see complete description and application process.
Fellowships are offered during the academic year for one- to six-month periods. There are no visiting fellowships available during the months of July and August.
Tuition is $1,500/month. Tuition is payable on confirmation of acceptance. Please make checks payable to: International Visiting Fellowship Program, MGH
To apply, complete this Fellowship Application Form (PDF) and mail or fax to:
Susan V. Kattapuram, MD
International Visiting Fellowship Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Radiology
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care 6-036
Boston, MA 02114
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