The University of Southern California offers a one-year ACGME accredited training program in Neuroradiology. This program is designed to provide trainees with the unique clinical, academic, research and technical skills required to practice this specialty. The education program is organized to provide comprehensive, in-depth training and experience in the evaluation and diagnosis of patients in all aspects of Neuroradiology. It also provides a supervised experience in performance of image guided procedures. Imaging modalities and field of study included in the training program include plain x-ray, computed tomography (CT) and CT angiography, head and neck imaging, pediatric neuroradiology, diffusion tensor imaging, MR spectroscopy, perfusion/permeability imaging, functional MRI and other advanced imaging techniques.
In addition to technical and imaging training, the program provides trainees with a structured experience in procedural work such as lumbar spinal punctures/myelography, facet/epidural spinal injections, vertebral augmentation, neuro-angiography and embolization, biopsy and other invasive procedures. The fellow works in an environment that promotes education and experience as outlined by the ACGME requirements for Neuroradiology training. The training program provides opportunities for research into new technologies.
The program has a minimum of 10 faculty members – all on the USC campus, plus additional faculty at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There are an additional 3 part-time visiting Neuroradiology faculty. The fellowship program is designed for six fellows per year, including two to three additional Neuroradiology research fellows.
1) Program Director: Dr. Meng Law is a USC faculty member certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology with Certificate of Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology. He is also Director of the Neeuroimaging Core for the USC Alzheimhers Disease Research Center and works closely with the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute (INI) and USC Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute (ZNI). He has been awarded the Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator Award.
2) Faculty: All faculty members are board-certified radiologists, specializing in Neuroradiology. All aspects of Neuroradiology are represented within the faculty. Dr. Chi Zee is a senior member of the faculty who has had extensive experience with neuroradiology procedures and angiograph and is also our Director of International Education and Research. Dr. John Go directs the Head and Neck Imaging and has an appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Paul Kim heads the spine imaging and intervention and also has an interest in epilepsy and neurovascular imaging. Dr. Mark Shiroishi heads up the neuro-oncology imaging program. Dr. Alex Lerner leads our Multiple Sclerosis imaging and research. Dr. Anandh Rajamohan has interests in Emergency Neuroimaging and the administration of the Fellowship Program. Dr. Jason Liu is a recruit from USCF with interest in functional imaging and traumatic brain injury. Drs. Kevin King and Wende Gibbs are new recruits from UTSW, Dallas and the Barrows Neurological Institute, Phoenix. All faculty members demonstrate a commitment to the subspecialty as documented by membership in professional societies, publications in the field, and ongoing acquisition of CME credits in the field on a yearly basis. This faculty provides fellows with didactic teaching, hands-on supervision of clinical procedures, and direct supervision of patient care including management decisions, interpretive skills, and consultative aspects of the specialty.
Facilities and Resources:
1) Keck Hospital of USC: This University Inpatient Medical Center has state of the art equipment including 3 MRI scanners, 2 of which are 3 Tesla scanners, 2 CT scanners, ultrasound and neurovascular biplane angiography suite. The fellow will be interpreting neuroradiology scans and performing procedures on inpatients. The radiology faculty work closely with the neurologists and neurosurgeons so that they can diagnose and treat patients quickly. Therefore, several procedures are done weekly. An integrated Neurosurgery Radiology Rounds conference is held every Friday where neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons will review the radiology for the week. This is an excellent learning experience.
2) Norris Cancer Center: The fellow will have an in-depth training in evaluating and interpreting neuro-oncology studies. We hold a regular brain tumor conference at the Norris Cancer Center and Dr. Go conducts a weekly ENT rounds with the Otolaryngologists where surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and oncologists meet to discuss interesting and difficult cases with pathologic correlation. Other special procedures in the division include the administration of intrathecal chemotherapy at the Cancer Center. Our close working relationship with the departments of surgery, pathology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology markedly increases our knowledge of brain/spinal tumors and head and neck tumors from many perspectives. We all meet weekly at the Multidisciplinary conference to discuss treatment plans for newly diagnosed neuro-oncology patients. The division also participates in a bi-monthly departmental noon resident teaching conference as well as weekly Thursday morning fellow teaching conference.
3) LAC+USC Medical Center: This is an acute county facility where there is a spectrum of disease presenting for neuroimaging. The majority of the imaging studies consist of CT and MRI, and a number of procedures are also performed. As it is an acute care facility, there is considerable traumatic brain injury, stroke, neuro-angiography.
4) Healthcare Center 2: This state of the art outpatient imaging facility has 1.5T and two 3T MRI unit for Neuro MRI. We perform about quite a number of Neuro MRIs and quite a number of image guided spine procedures a day. The fellow plays a crucial role in the interpretation and follow up of these studies as well as the procedures.
The patient population for the program is extremely broad because each of the clinical venues is unique in its focus. Each of the facilities at which the fellow trains has a unique patient population. LAC+USC Medical Center treats the underserved of LA County and brings a large population of patients with neurological diseases. The Norris Cancer Hospital provides a high level of care to patients with unusual and complex brain, spine and ENT cancers and is a leader in the management of head and neck cancers.
Research and Academics:
Neuroimaging has been significantly bolstered at USC with the establishment of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute which includes the USC Imaging Genetics Center. The fellows are encouraged to participate in research with these investigators as well as engineers and MR physicists at the highly regarded USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Zilkha Institute of Neurogenetics.
How To Apply
Thank you for your interest in the USC Neuroradiology Fellowship. This fellowship participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Interviews will be conducted from January – February.
Those wishing to apply should complete the following:
USC Fellowship Application A copy of your curriculum vitae A personal statement 3 letters of recommendation USMLE scores Professional photo
Application materials can be submitted via email or standard mail to the Fellowship Coordinator.
For further information, contact: Kimberley Schultz Fellowship Coordinator LAC+USC Medical Center 1200 N. State Street D&T 3D321 Los Angeles, CA 90033 Phone: (323) 409-7677 Fax: (323) 865-9640 Email: email@example.com