Combined Body & MSK Imaging Fellowship

 

Overview:

The Combined Body & Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship at the George Washington Univeristy Hospital (GWUH) and George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates is a single one-year position. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 fellowship position.  This fellowship does not participate in the match. 

This fellowship will provide advanced training and procedural skills in Body and Musculoskeletal imaging, with emphasis on Body and Musculoskeletal MR training.  The fellowship is divided into thirteen 4-week blocks. The fellow will rotate through seven 4-week blocks of Body imaging, five 4-week blocks of Musculoskeletal radiology, and one block at our Outpatient Imaging Center.

During the Body service months, the fellow will spend 4 blocks on Body CT/MR, 3 blocks on Ultrasound.  The majority of the body MR cases will be directed towards the fellow on the Body CT/MR rotation to maximize exposure. This past year the department conducted approximately 115 abdominal & pelvic MRI cases per month, with a broad range of pathology and including MR enterography and multiparametric prostate MRI. The remainder of the caseload consists of inpatient, emergency, and outpatient abdominopelvic and chest CTs. Dual-energy CT body applications are also utilized. The Ultrasound rotation includes the full gamut of US imaging, including abdominal, pelvic, obstetrical, thyroid, scrotal, vascular and renal transplant studies.  The fellow may also have an opportunity to assist with reading of MR exams during the Ultrasound blocks. The fellow may also participate in Cardiac CT and MRI interpretation.

The fellow will also gain extensive experience in CT- and ultrasound-guided biopsies and aspirations, including biopsies of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, conducted through the Body CT and Ultrasound sections.

The fellow will also spend 1 block at our Outpatient Imaging center (reading primarily Body CT and US).

During the five 4-week blocks on the Musculoskeletal service, the fellow reads MSK MRI and plain films. The plain films and MR volume are shared between the residents and fellow on service. This past year the department conducted approximately 170 MSK MR exams per month. The fellow will participate in MSK procedures, including CT-guided bone biopsies, arthrograms, and diagnostic and therapeutic joint aspirations/injections. 

The fellow is given graduated responsibilities on service, and operates under the appropriate supervision of faculty. The fellow learns to manage all aspects of the service, from patient triage, to protocoling of exams, monitoring exams, exam interpretation and dictation.  

The fellow is also expected to be an active part of resident and medical student teaching on rotations.  The fellow will have opportunities to participate in research alongside the faculty. The fellowship year culminates with a Grand-Rounds style conference by the fellow to the department.

About the Department:

The GWUH Department of Radiology consists of 22 full-time and a few part-time faculty members organized in 10 divisions, with four Body-fellowship trained faculty members and three MSK-fellowship trained faculty members. In addition to fellowships in Body/MSK and Breast Imaging, the Department also offers ACGME-Accredited fellowships in Neuroradiology and Interventional Radiology. Our PACS system allows secure web-based access to view images from home for consultation after hours. All of our sites of service are linked together via PACS. 

Facilities & Equipment:

GWUH is a busy 385 bed hospital, designated a level I trauma center and renal transplant center. The fellow will spend twelve 4-week rotations in the main hospital of GWUH. The fellow will spend 4 weeks at one of the GWUH Outpatient Imaging Centers, which are located a few blocks from the main hospital and connected via PACS.

The Radiology Department operates 5 high-field MRI’s:

a)    3T Siemens Skyra
b)   1.5T Siemens Espree
c)    1.5T GE Optima 450
d)   Two 1.5T GE Echo Speed

The Radiology Department operates 4 multi-slice CT scanners (in addition to 2 niche scanners for SPECT/CT and Radiation Therapy Simulation):

a)    Siemens dual-energy 256-slice SOMATOM definition FLASH
b)   GE LightSpeed VCT 64-slice
c)    GE Discovery 16-slice PET/CT
d)   GE BrightSpeed 16-slice

The Radiology Department operates 7 ultrasound machines:
a)    6 Philips iU22
b)   1 Phillips Epiq 7

Educational Conferences:

The fellow attends the Body & Musculoskeletal resident noon conferences, which includes weekly faculty didactic and case conferences and resident-run Journal Club. The fellow also participates in presenting radiology cases at the GI/GU tumor board.

The fellow can attend monthly Musculoskeletal interdisciplinary conferences, including Radiology-Arthroscopy Correlation conference, as well as Radiology-Rheumatology conference.

The fellow also attends additional departmental conferences, including Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Quality Assurance Conference.  

Benefits:

The position includes 23 vacation days and 5 days for national conference attendance and CME. A generous academic fund is provided for licensure, meetings and books.  In addition, the benefit package includes a 403(b) retirement plan.  

Applicant Requirements:

1.     American Board of Radiology (ABR) board eligible, having completed 4 years of U.S radiology residency by the start of the fellowship
2.     Eligible to obtain medical licensure in the District of Columbia prior to the start of the fellowship. For information on how to obtain a DC medical license, visit the D.C. Health Professional Licensing Administration

Application Submission:

Interested applicants should submit the following material to 1) Kristina Williams (krwilliams@mfa.gwu.edu, Dept Manager) AND 2) Anoinette Taylor-Dill (ataylordill@mfa.gwu.edu, Fellowship Coordinator). They will forward your application to the Fellowship Director, Dr. Nadia Khati. 

1.     Curriculum Vitae
2.     Personal Statement
3.     Three letters of recommendation, including 1 from current Program Director
4.     USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3 Score transcripts
5.     ABR Core & Certifying Exams (if available)
6.     Photograph (passport-size)
7.     Fellowship application form