Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship (Noninvasive)
About the Fellowship
The Division of Cardiovascular Imaging is currently accepting applications for one-year or two-year clinical fellowships starting in July 2023 and July 2024.
The fellowship is for board-certified or board-eligible radiologists. Physicians from other specialties including cardiology may be eligible for a T32 cardiac imaging research fellowship. Please contact Tomas Neilan, MD for further information.
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 following their fellowship. Fellows are also given high-level exposure to advanced vascular imaging of noncardiac structures using CTA, MRA and ultrasound.
Mass General is a 1,057-bed tertiary care academic hospital located in downtown Boston and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Mass General 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 Division of Cardiovascular Imaging is a multidisciplinary group with eight cardiovascular radiologists and four cardiologists dedicated to cardiovascular imaging.
The Division of Cardiovascular Imaging performs over 3,000 cardiac CTs, 1,300 cardiac MRs, 5,000 vascular CTs, (including PET/CTA) and 1,000 vascular MRs per year. Fellows have complete access to state-of-the-art equipment including two dedicated third-generation dual-source 192-slice scanners to support a robust acute chest pain program.
Additional equipment includes numerous main campus MDCT scanners with dual energy and high-resolution capabilities, 1.5T and 3.0T MRI scanners from multiple vendors with dedicated cardiovascular MRI subspecialty technologists and access to combined PET/CT and PET/MRI scanners. Cardiovascular imaging fellows work in a dedicated cardiovascular imaging reading room in a team environment including rotating cardiology fellows, cardiothoracic imaging fellows, radiology residents and medical students. Fellows have access to advanced 3D post-processing tools from multiple vendors and an independently staffed 3D Lab. Extensive multidisciplinary teaching conferences and ample research opportunities are available. The fellowship includes a clinical appointment at Harvard Medical School with access to citywide Harvard University facilities.
Didactic Teaching Curriculum
In addition to daily readout sessions in cardiovascular CT and MR, comprehensive didactic teaching opportunities 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. This conference is occasionally held in the form of a mortality and morbidity conference.
- A weekly interdisciplinary clinical pediatric congenital heart disease conference. In this conference, sub specialty cardiologists including pediatric cardiologists, echocardiographers, interventional cardiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac radiologists discuss the diagnostic workup and treatment of current patients with congenital heart disease.
- Weekly cardiology division grand rounds with national and international visiting speakers
- Monthly 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
The stipend and benefits are maintained at the standard Partners HealthCare institutional level (PHS Resident Salary). 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 Department of Radiology 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.
The Cardiovascular Research Fellowship primarily focuses on 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.
How to Apply
The Division of Cardiovascular Imaging is currently accepting applications for one-year or two-year clinical fellowships starting in July 2023 and July 2024. To apply please complete the following, addressed to Fellowship Program Director Nina Meyersohn, MD and Associate Program Director Sandeep Hedgire, MBBS.
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Fellowship application form [PDF]
- Personal statement
- Three current letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the residency program director.
- Copies of USMLE scores (steps 1-3)
Graduates of foreign medical schools should be aware you must be eligible for a limited or full license in Massachusetts to be considered.
The clinical CV Imaging fellowship is for board-certified or board-eligible radiologists only. Physicians from other specialties including cardiology may be eligible for a T32 cardiac imaging research fellowship – please contact Dr. Tomas Neilan for further information.