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The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology offers several International and National Observer 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 neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric radiology, chest radiology, cardiac 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.
The goal of the International and National Observer Fellowship is to provide a comprehensive, individualized exposure in state-of-the-art imaging and intervention in an academic setting. Fellow involvement in research and paper writing may be possible. The fellow's responsibility is to be present during the clinical work day and attend the various conferences. Rotations in a given subspecialty are no more than three months.
Each fellow will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the rotation.
International and National Observer 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
- Access to recorded departmental educational lecture series
- Departmental Radiology Teaching Collection
Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology
Neuroimaging and Neuroradiology
Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology
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Exposure to all aspects of Breast Imaging including all screening exams, diagnostic exams, US, MRI, digital breast tomosynthesis, biopsies and needle localizations.
Comprehensive experience in chest diseases including CT, MRI, intensive care radiology, PET and needle biopsy techniques. Exposure to daily film sessions and teaching conferences.
The cardiovascular imaging (noninvasive) service is a state-of-the-art clinical cardiac imaging service. Trainees are exposed to vascular imaging but will concentrate on cross-sectional cardiac imaging with emphasis on MRI and CT. Trainees develop an in-depth knowledge of cardiac imaging techniques, the role of imaging in the cardiac workup, disease entities and their imaging findings. We communicate and work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. Visitors will be exposed to all aspects of our service including pre-imaging work-up and planning, scan acquisition and readouts. Space is limited to one observer per week on each of the separate cardiac MRI and CT services.
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 including 3D techniques. Gynecologic imaging emphasizes pelvic MR, transvaginal ultrasound and hysterosalpingography. Multidisciplinary morning conferences cover hepatobiliary imaging, transplant evaluation and oncology treatment planning and response assessment. Daily teaching conferences for trainees emphasize classic teaching, problem-solving techniques and correlation with surgical and pathologic findings.
Visiting fellow rotation includes participation in work / teaching conferences, clinical rounds, observation of image-guided procedures and ability for one-to-one teaching tailored to the specific needs of each visiting fellow. Interventional procedures and topics include angioplasty and stent placement, dialysis access procedures, thrombolysis, superselective catheterization techniques, transcatheter embolization, inferior vena cava filter placement, TIPS, venous access, chemo and radio embolization, tumor ablation, gastrostomy tube placement, nephrostomy tube placement, bilary drainage, US- and CT-guided biopsies, chest tube placement, thoracentesis and paracentesis.
Extensive exposure to all of the imaging modalities as applied to sports medicine, rheumatology, musculoskeletal neoplasms and general orthopedic surgery. 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 rhizotomy, heat ablation of osteoid osteoma, cryoablation of painful metastatic lesions 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 Mass General, 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, nuclear cardiology and PET read-out conferences as well as weekly didactic conferences. 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 are available.
A comprehensive, educational experience emphasizing clinical correlations with all aspects of pediatric imaging, intensive care, CT, MRI and all aspects of pediatric ultrasound.
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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 US $4,000 / month. Tuition is payable on confirmation of acceptance.
Please make checks payable to: International & National Observer Fellowship Program, MGH
Observer fellowships are available for radiologists that have completed medical school and residency training. Please visit the appropriate website If you are a national or international medical student and interested in a visiting clerkship.
How to Apply:
- Apply Online Form
- Apply by Mail/Email: Complete this Fellowship Application Form and mail/email to:
F. Joseph Simeone, MD
International and National Observer Fellowship Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Radiology
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care 6-036
Boston, MA 02114
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