Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is offering a Body Imaging and Intervention fellowship for the 2018 academic year. The Body Imaging and Intervention fellowship is an advanced clinically-based program for board-eligible physicians who want to acquire expertise in body imaging and interventional procedures integrating computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.
The program benefits from having an active clinical practice in a multifaceted health care setting, diverse pathology and a close relationship with the core diagnostic radiology residency program, which supplements the curriculum with educational opportunities across our interdisciplinary teams.
On average, while on the CT rotation, the fellow performs around 6 microwave ablations weekly. Biopsies and drainages on a given week fluctuate to around 5 biopsies and 3 drainages or 5 drainages and 3 biopsies. The types of drainages we do vary quite a bit, but abdominal and pelvic abscesses and liver abscesses are the majority. Cedars-Sinai also has a large volume of CT fluoroscopy, and the fellow performs plenty of thoracentesis.
Biopsies are usually liver (40%), kidney (30%), lung (15%), and other (15%). The other might be bladder, omentum, retroperitoneal mass, or mediastinal mass. Fellows also do CT-guided lung mass localizations and fine needle aspirations for lung nodules.
On MR, the fellow averages 3 breast biopsies per week. For the MR breast biopsies, we use the Suros Atec 9 gauge vacuum assisted system and we map needle placement on an Aegis computer station. The fellow also occasionally read-out congenital heart MRIs.
Women’s Imaging training is built into the program with the female pelvis, dynamic pelvis MRI, and an abundance of breast MRI and MRI-guided breast biopsies.
Also unique about the program is our heavy neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patient population, which is why we do so much more abdominal MRI imaging than most programs.
On ultrasound, the fellow averages 1-2 liver biopsies per day, 2-3 paracentesis, 1-2 thoracentesis, and 2 thyroid biopsies.
The Body Imaging and Intervention fellowship is open to board-eligible physicians who are currently enrolled in, or have completed a diagnostic radiology residency in a program accredited by the ACGME. There are no exceptions. Submit a CV, 2 LORs, personal statement, a copy of the USMLE transcript and medical school diploma to Imaging.Housestaff@cshs.org, or call 310-423-4454.