Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

The Abdominal Radiology Division provides high quality patient care through cutting-edge techniques in diagnostic, functional and anatomic imaging as well as minimally invasive treatment and non-vascular interventions.

The fellow will become an integral member of the Abdominal Radiology Division. Our fellowship program provides a well-balanced clinical and teaching curriculum with plenty of opportunities for research. The fellow's responsibilities will commensurate with their level of training and experience and will increase as the year progresses. 

Faculty

Positions Available: 2
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
ACGME: Yes
Application Dates: Begin accepting applications in June
Interview Dates: September through December

Program Goals

The Abdominal Radiology Fellowship Program at University of Massachusetts provides trainees with an in depth, 1 year comprehensive training experience and offers exposure to all aspects of abdominal radiology practice.  The goals of fellowship are education, patient care, professionalism and research.

Clinical rotations are designed to enable the fellows to accumulate a broad base of knowledge, develop technical skills and establish decision making and consultation skills. The rotations provide the fellow with the opportunity to develop, under supervision, progressively independent skills in the performance and interpretation of abdominal and pelvic imaging studies and nonvascular interventional procedures such as image guided drainage, biopsy, and RF ablation. Rotations include abdominal and pelvic MRI, CT (including CT colonography and 3D imaging), ultrasound, fluoroscopy/plain radiography, PET-CT, and non-vascular interventional procedures. Directed elective time of one month is available.

The abdominal radiology fellow will develop clinical expertise in the interpretation of all diseases of the abdomen and pelvis with particular emphasis on the following areas: hepatobiliary diseases, pancreas disease, genitourinary disease, gynecologic disease, oncology, trauma, various organ transplantation (liver, pancreas, kidney), vascular studies (Doppler, CT angio, MR angio) as well as other areas of abdominal and pelvic disease that may be subject to imaging evaluation.

The Fellowship Program trains the fellows to be able to interact with their referring physicians and function in their future consultative role. This is accomplished during the day-to-day activities at the hospital. The fellows are also an integral part of many interdepartmental conferences.

Another important educational objective of the Program is to expose fellows to, and participate in, ongoing research projects within the section. Fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts/papers.

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

Curriculum

UMass Memorial - University - ACC

The Abdominal Division of the UMass Radiology Department is staffed by eight, fellowship-trained radiologists who are committed to medical student training and graduate medical education. Abdominal imaging fellows are an integral member of the division, participating in daily patient care and facilitating the performance, interpretation, and timely reporting of abdominal imaging studies. Fellows will also be an essential member in the work-up and performance of non-vascular interventional procedures.

This ACGMR accredited one-year abdominal imaging fellowship offers training in abdominal and pelvis imaging including dedicated training in MRI and nonvascular intervention. Rotations include CT, MRI, PET-CT, CT colonography, 3D imaging, ultrasound, fluoroscopy/plain radiography, and non-vascular interventional procedures. Elective time of one month and opportunity for research time of one month is available. Fellows participate in general teaching and research activities and attend a weekly conference.

Fellows are exposed to a diverse patient population and a wide range of abdominal disease processes in both the hospital and outpatient settings.

The fellows responsibilities include assisting the attending staff in resident education and training. The fellowship focuses on achieving a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of abdominal imaging including MRI and CT imaging protocol optimization. The fellow has opportunities to present at the weekly GY tumor board as well as at the monthly GI radiology conference.

In addition to clinical activities, fellows are trained in research methodology, manuscript preparation, and other activities essential to an academic career and objective interpretation of medical literature. Recent fellows have been able to participate in research on the regions only breast CT.

In addition to clinical activities, the fellows are trained in research methodology, manuscript preparation, and other activities essential to an academic career and objective interpretation of medical literature.

Discretion

Fellows are encouraged to participate in current research projects or initiate projects under supervision of the faculty. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the basic science research as well. One month 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. Directed elective time of one month is available.

Conferences

Various interdepartmental as well as divisional conferences are held almost every day of the week and fellows are expected to participate in these conferences.

  • GI tumor board every Friday
  • Gynecology tumor board every Friday
  • Abdominal radiology case conference every Tuesday
  • GI/Rad conference one Tuesday every month             
  • GU tumor board one Wednesday twice month

Radiology resident teaching conferences are held every day throughout the year and fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Abdominal imaging-specific resident conferences are held between 2-3 times per month. Fellows are expected to prepare and present at least two conferences for the diagnostic radiology residents during their fellowship.

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

Imaging Facilities / Locations

UMass Medical School - UMass Memorial HC - University Campus

Fellows will rotate through University Campus and Memorial Campus as well as at UMass Memorial Medical Imaging Center (UMMIC), outpatient MRI center. They would be reading abdominal radiology studies performed at the Memorial Campus, remotely from the University Campus.

University Campus is located on Lake Avenue and is home to the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its research facilities. UMMMC’s trauma center stroke services are located on this campus providing a large volume of abdominal radiology cases. University Campus is the primary site of all abdominal radiology services.  

Memorial Campus is the sister campus located a mile from the main University Campus. It houses the OBGY services.

UMMIC is our outpatient MRI center located on Shrewsbury Street just minutes from University and Memorial Campuses. It houses three 1.5T MR systems. PET-CT is also performed at this site and interpreted by the Nuclear Medicine Division.

UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) is a 781 bed tertiary care hospital and the major teaching hospital for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. UMMMC is Worcester county’s only Level I trauma center and the referral center for central New England.

Clinical Facilities include:

  • 5 CT scanners including one 128 slice Siemens dual energy CT.
  • 5 Clinical MR systems (1.5 Tesla)
  • 1 Discretion MR system (3 Telsa)
  • 9 Philips IU-22 Ultrasound units
  • 3 Fluoroscopic Units
  • 1 PET/CT
  • State-of-the art interventional surgery suite with two Philips Allura C arms

Information and Application

Positions Available: 2
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
ACGME: Yes
Application Dates: Begin accepting applications in June
Interview Dates: September through December

Contact Information:
Kathy Delongchamp
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Tel: 111.111.5740
Fax: 111.111.1860
[email protected]

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.

Applications must include:

  • Fellowship Application (click here to download PDF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations, 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

Candidates will be considered for interviews only after completed applications are received.
Completed applications should be addressed to the Program Director and submitted to:
Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program
Attention: Kathy Delongchamp
Department of Radiology, Room S2-302
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA