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Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship

Our one-year clinical fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging (CTI) provides comprehensive involvement in clinical, educational, and research activities, and provides excellent preparation for a career in academic radiology or in private practice.

The division of CTI at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) has been at the forefront of recent advances in CTI from both clinical and research perspectives and provides a strong academic environment for fellowship training. Our fellows are involved in all aspects of clinical CTI under the supervision of the program director and the CTI faculty. Our fellows receive mentoring, academic time, and support for teaching and research endeavors. They are exposed to the full spectrum of cardiothoracic disorders and a variety of diagnostic imaging methods, including but not restricted to CT- and MR-angiography, thoracic MRI, functional CT- and MR-imaging, and 3-D reconstruction techniques and post-processing methods. There is also a strong cardiac imaging component within the section, with over 800 cardiac CT and MR exams performed per year. Dedicated time (approximately 30%, plus additional time on an elective basis) is also provided for fellows to cover the cardiovascular part of their training providing clinical experience in state-of-the art imaging of the heart and vascular system using CT and MRI in both the adult and pediatric populations. In addition, our fellowship offers the possibility of an integrative thoracic oncology, thoracic interventional, or pediatric thoracic imaging elective.

Positions Available: 1
Length of Fellowship:
12 months
NRMP:
No
Application Dates:
Begin accepting 2021 applications: July 1, 2020
Interview Dates: 
November through March

Faculty

Program Goals

The close collaboration with our clinical partners from pulmonology and cardiology affords our fellows learning opportunities in interventional pulmonology and cardiology, as well as in echocardiography. We also collaborate with our clinical counterparts on a weekly basis with multidisciplinary conferences, including an interstitial lung disease conference, a thoracic oncology tumor board, a lung cancer screening conference, a radiology-pulmonology and a radiology-cardiology case conference.

The CTI section interprets approximately 110,000 studies per year. Our CTI faculty currently includes 6 attendings, all of which are devoted teachers and/or researchers. The CTI section also hosts a growing number of research fellows. Clinical interests of the CTI section focus on the imaging of interstitial lung disease, airway imaging, imaging of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, oncological imaging, imaging of cardiac disease, both adult and pediatric, and the imaging of cardio-pulmonary interactions. The CTI section also runs a rapidly growing CT lung cancer screening program. Our fellows participate in daily teaching rounds, as well as in a number of multidisciplinary clinical conferences. Finally, our fellows are encouraged and supported to actively participate in national and international CTI meetings and conferences.

The CTI section has a highly active research program. The section holds weekly research meetings, including both didactic sessions and work-in-progress presentations. The section is a recognized leader in several areas of CTI-research. The section also provides a robust research infrastructure and is currently partnering with a substantial number of industry partners, notably in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer-aided detection and -characterization, and image processing. The CTI section serves as a center of excellence for several of these industry partners.  

The Department of Radiology at UMMMC (www.umassmed.edu/radiology) performs over 1 million studies per year, across five hospitals and an outpatient imaging center. Current faculty include 65+ fellowship trained Radiologists, all practicing in organ or modality-based divisions, and a 24/7/365 Emergency Radiology Division. The department trains 5 Residents per year (20 total) and currently has 9 dedicated clinical fellowships The department has an enterprise-wide PACS system (AGFA and TeraRecon), as well as EPIC EMR. The main department and outpatient imaging center in Worcester have 6 MRIs (including a new GE Pioneer 3T system), 7 CTs, including a Siemens “flash” and two Siemens 128 Definition Edge CTs.

UMMMC and the Comprehensive Stroke Center of Massachusetts are the largest health care system in Central Massachusetts, covering over 1 million patients.  We are the clinical partner of UMass Medical School, with access to the latest technology, research cores, and clinical trials. In addition to our fully equipped medical centers, our system also includes home health and hospice programs, behavioral health programs and community-based physician practices. UMass Memorial is located in Central Massachusetts and is close to all the lifestyle benefits of New England, including Boston, Cape Cod, and numerous other surrounding recreational areas. Our faculty live in or close to downtown Boston and enjoy a hassle-free “Reverse” commute to Worcester. Other faculty members live closer to the University, both within the city of Worcester and the neighboring towns such as Shrewsbury and Westborough.

Elective, Vacation and Conference Time

Each fellow is allocated four weeks of elective time, during which the fellow may rotate through thoracic oncology, including PET-CT, pediatric thoracic imaging, and thoracic intervention, or may create special electives pending approval from the program director and section chief. Additionally, fellows are allotted 4 weeks of vacation per year and five days of conference time.

Research Experience

Each fellow is encouraged to perform one original research project under the guidance of our faculty members. Fellows will be allotted ½ day academic time/week dedicated to research, pending approval of a research topic and a written proposal. Fellows are encouraged to submit their research to a peer-reviewed journal and submit educational and research abstracts to national meetings such as STR, NASCI, and RSNA.

Application Requirements

Positions Available: 1
Length of Fellowship:
12 months
Application Dates:
Begin accepting 2021 applications: July 1, 2020
Interview Dates: 
November through March

Applications must include:

  • Fellowship Application (click here to download PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference (one must be from your current program director or supervisor)
  • USMLE/LMCC Official score transcript
    • Fellowship applicants need to have passed ALL USMLE scores, Step 1, Step 2CK, Step 2CS and Step 3.
    • Applications that are missing USMLE Step 3 will not be considered.
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

Contact Information:
Annika Mitchell
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Tel: 508.856.5740
Fax: 508.856.1860
Annika.Mitchell@umassmed.edu

Requirements:
Applicants must have completed a radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME by the time they begin their fellowship at UMMMC. Applicants must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or equivalent. Acceptance is contingent on obtaining an unrestricted Massachusetts medical license by start date of Fellowship.

Candidates will be considered for interviews once all application materials are received. Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to the respective Program Director and emailed to Annika Mitchell directly by your Program Coordinator or letter writer.  All application materials must be submitted electronically via email to:

Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship Program
Attention: Annika Mitchell
Department of Radiology, Room S2-302
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

Due to COVID, applications must be submitted electronically via email to Annika Mitchell (Annika.Mitchell@umassmed.edu).  If email is not a viable option, please contact Annika Mitchell to discuss alternative modes of delivery.

Contact Information

Fellowship Contact Information:

Annika Mitchell
Program Administrator

Maria Barile, MD
Fellowship Director

David Gerson, MD, MBA
Director of Adult Cardiac and Vascular Imaging 

Alexander A. Bankier, MD, PhD
Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging

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Maria Barile, MD
Program Director
Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship