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Breast Imaging

UNC’s Breast Imaging division trains up to three fellows per year selected for our three one-year dedicated fellowship positions. As a fellow you will actively participate in the 18,000 screening mammograms and 12,000 diagnostic exams we perform each year. You will gain hands-on experience with diagnostic ultrasound scanning. There is graded autonomy with the nearly 2000 procedures performed throughout the year, including stereotactic/tomosynthesis-guided biopsies, ultrasound-guided biopsies, MRI-guided biopsies, preoperative localizations, and sentinel injections. Approximately 550 screening and staging breast MRI studies, in addition to 15000 outside breast imaging examination interpretations are reviewed yearly. This multidisciplinary high-volume practice allows all our breast imaging fellows dedicated learning opportunities on our academic team, leading to experienced independent breast radiologists. These responsibilities are split between UNC Main Hospital and UNC Hillsborough Hospital. These hospital-based settings allow our fellows to gain valuable experience serving a diverse patient population with complex presentations in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

The standard curriculum is composed of 9 months of dedicated breast imaging training and 3 months of elective time. Electives include breast surgical oncology, breast medical oncology, breast radiation oncology, breast pathology, thoracic imaging, abdominal imaging, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric imaging, interventional radiology, cardiovascular imaging, and additional months of breast imaging.
Breast imaging fellows receive advanced training and mentorship from in-house breast imaging radiologists.

The fellowship also provides fellows with several formal educational opportunities and clinical experiences. These include:

  • Bi-monthly Radiology-Pathology Concordance Conference
  • Weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club

The UNC Breast Imaging Fellowship is also a member of the Breast Imaging Fellowship Consortium, which provides a collaborative weekly multi-disciplinary didactic lecture series involving all participating fellowship institutions.

Breast imaging fellows with research interests have ample opportunities to lead and participate in research projects with the support of our renowned faculty. Faculty research interests include patient-centered care, medical education, evidence-based practices, educational reviews of breast symptoms and challenging biopsies to support radiologists, implementing tools in clinical radiology to improve healthcare quality, and optimizing breast cancer screening.

In addition to clinical facilities, there are ongoing research projects and opportunities at UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC). BRIC was formed in 2005 to support image-based biomedical research across the UNC System and is a statewide resource serving researchers across the state of North Carolina in a central facility that handles the acquisition, processing, analysis, storage, and retrieval of images. The center is located on the UNC campus and houses both human and animal imaging equipment, including a 7T whole-body MRI, multinuclear capable 3T MRI, PET/MRI, cyclotron, and a full complement of small animal imaging modalities. The BRIC supports multiple clinical trials, and research studies are performed on these systems.

Fellows participate in the breast imaging call pool. This weeklong call is taken from home approximately every seven weeks. Responsibilities include image interpretation and management support for the in house on-call residents for breast specific sonographic emergencies after hours and weekends.
Fellows earn 24 days of vacation for the year with an additional week of vacation over the Christmas/New Years’ holidays.
We have several internal moonlighting opportunities available including contrast coverage as well as general radiology preliminary imaging reporting.
To be eligible for consideration in future academic years, fellowship candidates must complete the following requirements:

  • Candidate must have completed an accredited residency in Diagnostic Radiology and be board-eligible or board-certified at the time of the fellowship appointment.
  • Candidate must complete match registration and profile on NRMP (National Resident Matching Program).
  • Candidate must complete and mail in a Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) application, including a copy of their USMLE/COMLEX transcript.
  • In addition, the candidate will need to have 3 letters of recommendation, including one letter from their residency program director. These letters MUST be mailed directly from your institution. Please have all required documentation mailed to:

Virginia B. Carver
2034 Old Clinic Bldg., CB #7510
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7510

We regretfully cannot accept applicants on J1 and H1 visas.

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Please direct any questions regarding our Breast Imaging Fellowship to our Program Director Dr. John Monge (

For questions on our application process, please contact our Breast Imaging Departmental Fellowship Coordinator: Virginia Carver (