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Fellowship Positions and Application Process
The Department of Radiology on VCU’s MCV Campus offers a variety of non-CAQ fellowship positions for radiology students.
Please note: For the academic year beginning July 1, 2021, all interviews for fellowship positions will take place in the period of December 1, 2019-March 31, 2020. No interviews will be scheduled or conducted outside of this time frame.
Applicants should have completed an accredited residency in diagnostic radiology and be board eligible or board certified at the time of the fellowship year. Applications should be submitted to Sherry Elliott, firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials for any of the fellowships can be downloaded from the Application Process section on this webpage.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Section in the Department of Radiology will be participating in the NRMP Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered.
The Section of Abdominal Imaging in the Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship in abdominal imaging, accredited by the American College of Radiology at VCU Health System. The abdominal imaging fellowship includes clinical experience and thorough instruction in body CT, body MRI, GI, GU and ultrasound.
The purpose of the fellowship is to provide advanced training in all aspects of abdominal imaging. The fellowship is designed to prepare individuals with an interest in abdominal imaging for an academic career or practice with a large subspecialty private group.
Training includes experience with all facets of abdominal CT scanning, ultrasound, abdominal MRI and gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology. Intraoperative, endosonography and color-flow vascular applications, as well as routine adult and pediatric sonography, are also taught. Interventional techniques such as biopsy and drainage using CT and ultrasound guidance are included in the fellow’s training. Significant experience with abdominal MRI, including MRCP and MRA is offered. Teaching, conference participation and involvement in ongoing research activities are required. Extensive teaching files in CT, MR, GI, GU and ultrasound are available for the fellow’s use.
The Department of Radiology may offer up to two, one-year MRI fellowships. This fellowship may include rotations in abdominal MRI, noninvasive cardiovascular MRI, and neuro MRI in variable combinations. One month of the fellowship is dedicated to learning the techniques of MRI. The minimum length of any one rotation will be three months.
For the academic year starting July 1, 2021 the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Section in the Department of Radiology will be participating in the NRMP Fellowship Match Program. As per match rules, only applicants also participating in the Match Program will be considered.
The VCU/MCV Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention (MSK) emphasizes all aspects and modalities related musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and imaging guided intervention. We have a diverse spectrum of pathology here, and many strong clinical departments. Within Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Oncology, Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Spine, and Hand/Wrist/Elbow Sections are particularly active. Rheumatology, Medical Oncology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Neurosurgery, and Transplant Surgery are also particularly active, clinically and academically.
As a major academic referral center for central Virginia, and a busy Level 1 Trauma Center, VCU Medical Center (add link) performs approximately 330,000 radiological exams per year. In 2017, approximately 44,000 MSK exams (excluding ER cases) were performed and interpreted by the MSK section. The medical center’s equipment includes: 4 1.5T magnets, 6 MDCT’s (including DECT), PET/CT, plus the full complement of IR/fluoro equipment, US, CR, and DR. The entire enterprise is fully connected and integrated to the HIS. In addition to an array of diagnostic studies, the MSK section performs approximately 12 – 24 interventional procedures each day between its outpatient facilities at Stony Point, the NEW VCU Health Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center at Short Pump in Richmond’s west end, and inpatient services at the VCU Medical Center, ranging from simple image-guided joint injections, aspirations and arthrograms to complex biopsies and RF ablations. The MSK section also performs spine procedures, including epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks and facet injections.
In the medical center and MSK section, there are numerous educational and academic opportunities for fellows and residents. Scheduled interdisciplinary conferences include monthly Sports Medicine Conference, Sarcoma Conference, Rad/Path Conference, and Rheumatology Conference. There are monthly sectional Arthroscopy Follow-up and Biopsy Follow-up Conferences. Fellows are encouraged to participate in Resident and Medical Student conferences. A single formal research project is strongly encouraged. Fellows who engage in formal research are provided academic time and meeting time.
The Section of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship.
The breast imaging program at VCU is exciting, thriving, progressive, and patient-centered. We offer screening and diagnostic mammography, including tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, imaging-guided breast and axillary biopsies and fine-needle aspirations, ductography, preoperative wire localizations and second opinion consultations. We provide services at two sites: the Nelson Clinic at our main campus downtown and Stony Point at our outpatient center.
We are a clinically oriented service focused on providing our patients with accurate and efficient care delivered in a compassionate manner. We are set up to complete diagnostic work ups, including biopsies, on the same day of service. Pathology provides us results of any imaging-guided biopsy the next day, and our surgeons will see patients within 48 hours of a breast cancer diagnosis.
Working side by side with staff, the breast imaging fellows are an integral part of the service responsible for all aspects of patient care. The fellows are also responsible for helping cover weekly multidisciplinary conferences, monthly rad-path conferences, as well as teaching residents and medical students.
The Thoracic Imaging Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of cardio-pulmonary imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in academic radiology or in a large subspecialty private practice.
Our fellows are actively involved in all aspects of clinical thoracic imaging under the supervision of the program director and the thoracic imaging faculty and are exposed to a wide spectrum of pathologic processes, diseases and disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system and mediastinum. They receive specific mentoring in the diagnostic interpretation of thoracic CT, high-resolution chest CT, CT aortography, MR, and conventional chest radiography as well as in the performance of lung biopsies and pleural drainages. Interested fellows may also receive instruction in the performance of radiofrequency ablation for both primary and metastatic disease to the chest through our Interventional Radiology specialty.
Three months of dedicated time in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging is allotted for those fellows desiring additional expert training and clinical experience in state-of-the-art cardiac CT and cardiac MRI. Additional information regarding this facet of the fellowship experience can be acquired by contacting John D. Grizzard, M.D., Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging.
The VCU Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital, with multiple intensive care units, including a burn ICU, cardiac ICU, cardiac surgical ICU, medical respiratory ICU, neurosurgery ICU, surgical ICU, and surgical-trauma ICU. Additionally, the VCU Medical Center is a level-one trauma center, burn center and cardiac transplant center, performing both orthotopic and artificial heart transplantation. It’s a major oncology referral center with a busy thoracic oncology and general thoracic surgical service.
Every day the Thoracic Imaging specialty receives numerous consults on a multitude of interesting cardiac, pulmonary and mediastinal diseases. We have a strong working relationship with the Division of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine and actively participate in daily radiologic-clinical rounds with these services.
The Department of Radiology at VCU Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond,VA offers a one-year fellowship in Emergency Radiology focusing on the full range of imaging in the emergency department setting. The fellowship includes not only imaging of trauma patients but also those with medical and non-traumatic surgical conditions.
In addition to time in the Emergency Radiology Department, the fellow will spend dedicated time in neuroradiology, abdominal imaging and cardiothoracic radiology focusing on interpretation and management of ER-related conditions.
The fellow will learn the full range of CT, US, conventional imaging and, where appropriate, MR findings, in the ER patient under the supervision of 4 dedicated emergency radiology attendings in a busy, urban emergency room at a large academic tertiary care medical center which is a level 1 trauma center and a designated stroke center. The Emergency Radiology Department is active 24/7/365 generating and interpreting approximately 100,000 studies per year. There are 2 dedicated state-of-the art Siemens CT scanners located in the ED in addition to conventional imaging and US.
The Emergency Radiology Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of emergency imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in Emergency Radiology in an academic or private practice setting, enhanced skills for a busy private practice or for a teleradiology practice. The fellow will be actively involved in all aspects of emergency radiology imaging and will also learn how to protocol and triage studies in the emergency setting, how to work with a team of emergency and subspecialty physicians in a busy ER environment, and how to understand the regulatory, compliance, and legal issues associated with an emergency radiology practice.
The Department of Radiology at VCU Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia offers a one-year fellowship in Women’s Imaging, focused on the imaging of women-related diseases. The fellow spends 6 months in Breast Imaging ( Breast MR, US, mammography, biopsy) and 6 months in Abdominal Imaging (MR, CT, and US) with emphasis on all aspects and modalities related to diagnostic imaging and image-guided biopsy.
There is a large volume and a diverse spectrum of diseases related to women seen at the institution with strong clinical departments of OB/GYN, surgical oncology, GYN oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, internal medicine and pathology. There is an NCI designated cancer center, Massey Cancer Center with a Breast Health group dedicated to integrated and expedited care of breast cancer patients, and a Women’s Health group, focused on women’s health issues of all kinds. There is state-of-the art CT and MR scanners throughout the Department and a large number of abdominal MRs and CTs are performed daily.
The Women’s Imaging Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of women’s imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in Women’s Imaging in an academic or private practice setting.
Applicants for any of the above fellowships should have completed an accredited residency in diagnostic radiology and be board eligible or board certified at the time of the fellowship year.
To apply, please provide the following materials:
- Application [PDF]
- Curriculum vitae or résumé
- Copy of medical school transcript
- Copy of National Board scores
- Letter from the dean
- Three letters of recommendation – one from the director of your residency program and two from faculty members well acquainted with your abilities
- Personal interviews are required
Please forward these materials to:
For Electronic Submissions, please E-mail: Sherry.Elliott@vcuhealth.org
VCU Health System
Department of Radiology
Attn: Fellowship Program
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0470
VCU Health System
Department of Radiology
Attn: Fellowship Program
1200 East Broad Street
West Hospital, Room 2-013
Richmond, Virginia 23298