The University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department of Radiology invites qualified applicants to submit credentials for its 2022-2023 one-year Abdominal Imaging fellowship program. Fellowships begin August 1, 2021, and three spots are available. Interviews will begin no sooner than November 1, 2020, per SCARD guidelines. Interviews will probably take place virtually this year. For more details on the application process, click here.

Our fellowship is designed to produce knowledgeable, well-rounded abdominal radiologists who will excel in meeting the demands of a busy clinical practice and can read high level cross-sectional examinations with ease.  Fellows rotate monthly through clinical services at the main hospital campus and Hillsborough hospital.  This one-year fellowship provides 24 weeks in body MRI, 12 weeks in body CT, 8 weeks in ultrasound, 4 weeks in GI/GU, and 4 weeks of elective time within UNC Department of Radiology. The fellows actively participate in image interpretation and images guided procedures. Fellows attend and are actively mentored in participation of multidisciplinary conferences. There is a dedicated fellows lecture series and ample research opportunities (and global health opportunities) for interested candidates.

This fellowship is based at UNC Hospitals and offers extensive experience in the areas of abdominopelvic MRI and CT, ultrasound and fluoroscopy. The fellowship is housed in the Department of Radiology at UNC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, with additional teleradiology caseload, creating a diverse caseload of trauma, oncologic imaging, transplant and gastrointestinal and genitourinary disorders.

CURRICULUM

The standard curriculum is composed of 13 four week blocks in the following components:

Body MRI (6 blocks)
Body CT (3 blocks)
Ultrasound (2 blocks)
GI/GU (1 block)
Elective (1 block)

Electives include thoracic imaging, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, PET/CT, pediatrics, interventional radiology, cardiovascular imaging, breast imaging and research elective.

The UNC body fellowship now offers an optional Cardiovascular imaging module. As an alternative to the elective period, the fellow will spend two days per month in cardiovascular MR/CT. At the end of the fellowship year, it is expected that the fellow will have completed the case requirements for Cardiovascular Computed tomography as outlined in the ACR practice guidelines.

Alternative curriculums are available to suit the needs and interests of individual fellows.

MR

We have 11 clinical MR systems: There are three 1.5 T Avanto magnets equipped with cardiac software, a 1.5T Sonata, a 1.5T Symphony, a 3.0T Trio system and a 3.0T Skyra. We performed over 5,685 body MRI cases during 2017-2018 (excluding musculoskeletal cases). 3T and 7T MR/PET units are housed in our research building. We have a high volume abdominal and pelvic MR service, bolstered by a large liver and renal transplant service and a robust MR/TRUS fusion biopsy program.

CT

We have two 16 slice, one dual source, three 64 slice and two 128 slice spiral CT units and 3 combination PET/CT scanners (one a 40 slice). This is a high volume service with a wide diversity of cases from our emergency department, cancer center, inpatient and outpatient settings.

US

There are 13 ultrasound machines, including Siemens S3000, Ge LogiqE9 and Philips IU 22 with state-of-the-art software, including pulse inversion harmonics, elastography and 3D. In addition to image interpretation, ultrasound-guided procedures are performed on this service. We perform approximately 350 image-guided soft tissue biopsies each year.

GI/GU

There are 6 digital fluoroscopy rooms in our main hospital. On this rotation, fellows perform and supervise inpatient and outpatient genitourinary and gastrointestinal fluoroscopic procedures and interpret abdominal plain films.

FACULTY AND EDUCATION

The educational component of the department’s mission is a top priority to the abdominal imaging section. The Abdominal Division is comprised of 7 in-house faculty, who actively mentor our fellows while they perform their clinical and research activities. Multidisciplinary conferences and frequent consults provide ample opportunities for clinical collaboration and feedback.

In addition to daily resident lectures, we host a dedicated fellows lecture series covering subjects such as advanced imaging techniques and MRI physics.

To learn more about our faculty, click here.

RESEARCH

Currently, members of the faculty are involved in multiple areas of research including ultrasound contrast agents, alternative MR contrast agents, imaging in fatty liver disease, MR imaging of endovascular stents, as well as participating in national, multicenter cardiac imaging trials.

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 one block south of the UNC Hospital building 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. Multiple clinical trials and research studies are performed on these systems.

CALL:  On-call responsibilities involve one week of attending-level CT and US call approximately every 7-8 weeks.

VACATION:  Fellows earn 4 weeks (20 days) of vacation for the year with an additional week of vacation over the Christmas/New Years holidays.

 

 For more details on applying for the Abdominal Imaging division’s 2022-2023 one-year fellowship program, beginning July 1, 2022, click here.