Overview

The Radiology Research Scholar Visiting Program, led by Dr. Florian J. Fintelmann, connects students (both with and without a background in medicine) and physicians interested in radiology research from around the globe with faculty mentors at Mass General and affiliated laboratories.

Massachusetts General Hospital is the main teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Mass General Department of Radiology is one of the world’s largest hospital-based imaging research facilities and provides numerous and diverse opportunities for clinical and translational research. Our clinical practice includes all aspects of imaging and image-guided interventions spread across 11 clinical divisions: abdominal imaging, breast imaging, cardiovascular imaging, emergency imaging, neurointerventional imaging, interventional radiology, musculoskeletal imaging and intervention, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, pediatric imaging and thoracic imaging and intervention. In addition to clinical and translational research, there are opportunities to engage in basic science research at one of our affiliated laboratories.

Dr. Florian J. Fintelmann is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and serves as the point of contact for this program within the Mass General Department of Radiology.
He has a track record of publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers with medical and engineering students. Dr. Fintelmann specializes in thoracic imaging and intervention and pursues research related to quantitative image analysis in oncology and interventional oncology, frequently in collaboration with data scientists, statisticians, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists.
Scholars interested in radiology or related research as outlined above are encouraged to apply for a 12-month long research internship. Research in the Mass General Department of Radiology is a team sport requiring commitment and open communication. Success in our fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment requires a high level of intrinsic motivation and the desire to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. During their stay, scholars will work closely with a member of the faculty and will be responsible for one or more research projects. In addition, scholars are expected to contribute to other research projects as needed. Scholars will contribute to study design, data collection and data analysis. Scholars will engage in scientific interactions, mainly in the format of meetings during which they will have the opportunity to present their progress to other members of the research group. Importantly, each scholar will be responsible for preparing at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Please note that this publication process may extend beyond the stay in Boston and that engaging in patient care is prohibited according to visa stipulations.

Candidates will be interviewed by Dr. Fintelmann and connected to potential mentors based on their interests, career goal and prior experience. Dr. Fintelmann will guide scholars through the process of obtaining a J-1 Visa, often sponsored by the Harvard International Office. Funds for supplemental support may be provided, depending on availability of grant funding to the faculty mentor. Scholars are encouraged to apply for funding in their home country.

There is no deadline for applications. Please note that 6-12 months are required prior to the start date in Boston to allow for the necessary arrangements.

Requirements

  1. Independent funding to cover expenses for 12 months in the Boston area (currently USD $31,500/year for a J1 visa)
  2. Prior research experience and statistical analysis skills preferred
  3. Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  4. Letter of recommendation (in English)