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Neuroradiology Fellowship

The Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at UMass Medical School provides trainees with an in depth one-year comprehensive neuroimaging training experience and offers exposure to all aspects of neuroradiology practice. The goals of fellowship are to offer fellows high-quality experiences in the areas of education, patient care, professionalism and research.

UMass Memorial Medical Center is a 781-bed tertiary care hospital and the clinical partner of UMass Medical School. UMass Memorial 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 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 trains 5 Residents per year (20 total). The Division of Neuroradiology comprises of 10 Neuroradiologists and interprets approximately 65,000 neuroimaging studies yearly. The Neuroradiology Faculty.

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), 9 CTs, including a Siemens dual source “flash” and two Siemens 128 Definition Edge CTs and two state-of-the art neurointerventional Philips biplane machines.

The collaborative clinical and research environment provides nearly daily interdisciplinary conferences including neurosurgery, neurology, otolaryngology, and pediatric neurology, along with a robust education program. Fellows will have access to world leaders in neurodegenerative diseases, ALS, MS, and stroke.

The neuroradiology divisions work in close collaboration with our internationally recognized Neurointerventional Radiology division (NIR) which is comprised of 5 faculty and is supported by a robust NIH and industry funded research program via our New England Center for Stroke Research (NECStR), MRI research core with a 3T Philips MRI and 7T Bruker small animal MRI, and Image Processing Core lab. 

Clinical rotations are designed to enable the fellows to acquire a broad base of knowledge, develop technical skills and develop decision-making and consultation skills. The rotations provide the fellow with opportunities to develop progressively independent skills in the performance and interpretation of neuroimaging studies and neurointerventional procedures. 

The fellowship program prepares fellows to be able to interact with the referring physicians and function in consultative roles. This is accomplished through the day-to-day activities at the hospital. Fellows are an integral part of all interdisciplinary conferences.

Fellows participate and sometimes lead clinical research projects and quality projects within the division. Fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts/papers to national meetings. A broad range of basic science and translation research activities within UMass Medical School system provide an opportunity for more in-depth research exposure.

Areas of research focus at UMMS include:

  • Endovascular treatment of stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Tay Sachs and Huntington’s Disease
  • State-of-the-art gene therapy trails
  • Large animal models for pre-clinical gene therapy

At the conclusion of the fellowship, each fellow should be capable of independent and accurate clinical decision-making in all areas of neuroradiology.

Neuroradiology Faculty

Rotations

Diagnostic neuroradiology
4-week blocks of rotations in CT and MRI providing in-depth exposure to various aspects of diagnostic neuroimaging (9.5 months)

Neurointerventional Radiology rotation
6 weeks of neurointerventional radiology rotation performing diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures.

Rotation at Boston Children's Hospital for additional pediatric neuroradiology experience
2 weeks

PET-CT rotation
2 weeks

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.

Neuroradiology Conferences

Various interdepartmental, as well as divisional conferences are held almost every day of the week and fellows are expected to conduct these conferences under the guidance of neuroradiology faculty.

  • Head and neck tumor board two Mondays every month
  • Neurosurgery-neuroradiology conference every Tuesday.
  • Stroke conference every Tuesday
  • Pediatric neurology-neuroradiology conference one Tuesday every month
  • Neuro tumor board two Wednesdays every month
  • Neuroradiology case conference every Wednesday
  • Neurology-neuroradiology conference two Thursdays every month
  • Neuroradiology fellow didactic lecture conference two Thursdays every month
  • Endocrinology conference one Friday every month
  • Epilepsy conference at least once every month
  • 8 to 10 journal clubs in a year

Radiology resident teaching conferences are held every day throughout the year and fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Neuroradiology-specific resident conferences are held two to three times per month. Fellows are expected to prepare and present at least two conferences for the radiology residents during their fellowship.

Radiology Grand Rounds are held throughout the year with prestigious visiting and local clinical/research leaders, offering fellows the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a wide variety of topics.

Imaging Facilities and Locations

The primary location for the UMMS fellowship is UMass Memorial at the University campus.  The fellows are at the University Campus for almost all the fellowship, except for two weeks rotation in Boston Children's Hospital. They read neuroimaging studies performed at other hospitals of UMass Memorial Health Care, from the University Campus.

  • UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus is located on Lake Avenue North and is home to the UMass Medical School and its research facilities. UMass Memorial’s trauma center stroke services are located on this campus and  provide a large volume of neuroimaging cases. The University Campus is the primary site of all neurointerventional radiology services.
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center Memorial Campus is located a mile from the main University Campus. It houses the neonatology services.
  • UMass Memorial Medical Imaging Center (UMMIC) is an outpatient MRI center located on Shrewsbury Street just minutes from University and Memorial Campuses. It houses one 3T and two 1.5T MR systems. PET-CT is also performed at this site and interpreted by the Nuclear Medicine Division.
  • UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital, with campuses in Clinton, Mass. and Leominster, Mass.
  • UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough, Mass.

Scanners

  • 9 CT scanners including one 128 slice Siemens dual energy CT.
  • 8 clinical MR systems
  • 1 PET/CT
  • 2 state-of-the art neurointerventional Philips biplane machines

Annual imaging volume

65,000 diagnostic neuroimaging studies.

Each fellow performs approximately 50-60 angiograms and 50-60 lumbar puncture/myleograms.

Research

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.

Fellows have the resources of the New England Center for Stroke Research https://www.umassmed.edu/necstr/ which includes full IR suite and 3T Philips MRI.

Fellowship Information, Requirements and Application

The program participates in the NRMP-sponsored Neuroradiology Match. We follow the calendar set forth by the NRMP. 

Positions Available: 2
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
ACGME accreditation: Yes
NRMP: Yes
Application Dates: Applicants for 2022-2023 academic year can begin applying through ERAS, November 17, 2020
Interview Dates: January – March 2021

* We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Requirements:

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

Applicants should also review University of Massachusetts GME eligibility requirements found on the GME website - https://www.umassmed.edu/gme/future-residentsfellows/eligibile/.

Contact Information:
Jean Marie Fraser
Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 508-856-5740
Fax: 508-856-1860
JeanMarie.Fraser@umassmed.edu

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