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MRI Fellowship

Program Goals

The MRI Fellowship Program at at UMass Medical School provides comprehensive training in MRI and in the diseases affecting the nervous system, abdomen, chest and musculoskeletal systems, both in adult and pediatric patients.  This is one of the few fellowships in the nation to offer MRI experience across all subspecialties. The goals of fellowship are twofold:

  1. a broad exposure to the use of MRI in different subspecialties.
  2. to provide knowledge of clinical MRI physics.

UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) is a 781-bed tertiary care hospital and the major teaching hospital for UMass Medical School. UMMMC is Worcester County’s only Level I trauma center, comprehensive stroke center and the referral center for central New England. The Department of Radiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center performs over 1 million studies per year, across five hospitals and an outpatient imaging center. Current faculty in the department include 65+ fellowship trained Radiologists. The department has an enterprise wide PACS system (AGFA), as well as EPIC EMR. The hospital campuses and outpatient imaging center have 8 MRIs (including a GE Pioneer 3T system) and perform over 50,000 MR examinations in a year.

Fellows are expected to acquire a broad base of knowledge, develop clinical acumen, and learn protocols and consultation skills.  Fellows will work with experienced radiologists in the subspecialties and take advantage of opportunities to develop their skills. In the early part of the training, fellows will work under supervision but will progressively be given independent roles though they will continue to get their cases signed-off  on by the faculty.

The collaborative clinical and research environment provides multiple interdisciplinary conferences including several subspecialty specific tumor boards along with a robust education program. The fellow is expected to take active participation in these conferences.

Understanding the physics of MRI is an integral part of the program and fellows are encouraged to sit with MRI technologists to learn the practical steps in various MRI techniques whenever possible.  

Fellows are encouraged to participate in current research projects, or initiate projects under supervision of the faculty. There are many opportunities to get involved in the basic science and translational research as well. Academic time is provided throughout the year for the fellow to work on research interests. Fellows are expected to have completed one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and at least in one abstract in a societal annual conference by the end of the year.

At the conclusion of the fellowship, the fellow should be capable of independent and accurate MR imaging interpretation.

Positions Available: 1
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
Application Dates: Begin accepting 2022 application: August 1, 2020
Interview Dates: November through March


Here you will find information about faculty members from the following divisions:

Rotations (in blocks of 4 weeks)

Neuroradiology: 16 weeks

Musculoskeletal radiology: 16 weeks

Body imaging and Cardiothoracic radiology: 16 weeks

Elective: 4 weeks

Minor modifications can be made to these rotations based on the fellow’s interests.

Call responsibility
Fellows take call with faculty for 1 week, every 4 weeks.

Academic time
24 days per year.  Fellows may consolidate some of their academic time into blocks for specific projects.

Imaging Facilities and Locations

Primary location for the fellowship is UMass Memorial Medical Center, University campus.  The fellows are in the University campus for most of the fellowship, and smaller amount of time in the outpatient imaging center.

  • UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus is located on Lake Avenue North and is home to the UMass Medical School and its research facilities. This campus houses 2 magnets and provide 24/7  MR imaging services.
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center Memorial Campus is the sister campus located a mile from the main University Campus and houses 1 magnet.
  • UMass Memorial Medical Imaging Center (UMMIC) is our outpatient MRI center located on Shrewsbury Street just minutes from University and Memorial Campuses. It houses 1 3T and 2 1.5T MR systems.
  • UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital, with campuses in Clinton, Mass. and Leominster, Mass. The Leominster campus houses 1 magnet.
  • UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough, Mass., houses 1 magnet.

Information and Application

Positions Available: 1
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
Application Dates: Begin accepting 2022 applications: August 1, 2021
Interview Dates: November through March

Contact Information:
Beena GopalKrishnan
Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 508.856.5749
Fax: 508.856.1860

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.

Applications must include:

  • Fellowship Application (click here to download PDF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your residency program director
  • USMLE Scores
    • 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.
  • Medical school transcript
  • Deans Letter
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

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 Beena GopalKrishnan directly by your Program Coordinator or letter writer.  All application materials must be submitted electronically via email to:

MRI Fellowship Program
Attention: Beena GopalKrishnan
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 Beena GopalKrishnan (  If email is not a viable option, please contact Beena GopalKrishnan to discuss alternative modes of delivery.

Sathish Dundamaddapa, MD - Program Director MRI Fellowship
Sathish Dundamaddapa, MD
Program Director
MRI Fellowship