The Department of Radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is offering a one-year fellowship training program in body imaging for 2017-2018 which includes computed body tomography, MR, diagnostic ultrasound, and PET CT imaging. The program is designed to provide balanced, in-depth experience in all aspects of body imaging for individuals who have completed formal residency training in diagnostic radiology. Up to two fellows are accepted each year. Our faculty members are all certified by the American Board of Radiology and have extensive experience in body imaging.
Facilities and Equipment:
The University of Mississippi Medical Center, main campus, is the sole level one trauma center for the state of Mississippi. Imaging facilities at the main campus UMMC consist of state-of-art CT scanners including Siemens 128 slice multidetector CT scanner which is dedicated for the Emergency Room, a state-of the art Siemens dual source 64 slice, a GE VCT 64 slice, a 3.0T Siemens Skyra MR unit, two 1.5T GE MR scanners, and state-of-the-art ultrasound units.
At the main campus UMMC, there is a state-of-the-art ultrasound department with a wide variety of patients including ICU, pediatric and transplant (liver, kidney and pancreas) patients.
The Jackson Medical Mall - UMMC is an outpatient cancer care center. The facility houses a 1.5 T GE MR scanner and a state of the art GE VCT Discovery 690, PET CT.
The Grants Ferry and the Pavilion are outpatient clinics which hosts a GE Light speed 16 slice scanner, GE VCT 64 slice, and two 1.5T GE MR Scanners which are dedicated for outpatient care.
All studies are interpreted on Phillips PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), and post-processing is performed on GE AW workstations. State of the art voice recognition (Nuance - Radwhere) is used for study dictation.
Body MR, CT at UMC
Fellows on these two rotations interpret MR and CT exams of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis with attending radiologists in the section.
The fellows will gain experience in a wide variety of cancer cases and advanced CT techniques such as CT Urography and CT enterography. Fellows will be involved in a variety of MR studies including abdominal and pelvic imaging. The MRI rotation includes sophisticated 3T MRI applications in the abdomen and pelvis including MR Enterography, Prostate MR and Chest MR.
UMMC has a busy solid organ transplant service as well as multiple subspecialty services that refer a wide variety of complex patients to our department. Fellows are also responsible for supervising CT/MR protocols as well as for using the workstations to create both MR and CT 3D reconstructions whenever needed.
Fellows should attend and/or present at several tumor boards and conferences during their rotations. The radiology residents at UMMC have daily noon conferences and the fellows are allowed to attend the conferences.
PET CT at UMMC
The PET/CT rotation at the Jackson Medical Mall offers extensive exposure and hands-on experience with a large group of patients exhibiting a wide range of neoplasms in which PET CT plays an important role. The PET CT division hosts state of the art equipment (GE VCT Discovery 690, PET CT) and performs approximately 12 to 15 scans per day.
Ultrasound at UMMC
Fellows on this rotation learn to scan with the sonographers and will be exposed to complex cases. UMMC has a large transplant load serving Mississippi which allow the fellows to acquire significant experience in evaluating liver, renal and pancreas transplants as well as Doppler ultrasound, and general ultrasound protocols and procedures. By the end of this rotation, the fellows should be capable of running the service on their own.
Each fellow must participate in at least one research project during the academic year. This project can be in the area of CT, MR, PET CT or US and is under the guidance of one of the section faculty members. A wide variety of research projects are available and already in progress in each area. This project is expected to culminate in at least one scientific paper. In addition, all fellows are expected to give lectures to the radiology residents. Protected academic time will be given.
Fellows take call on the weekends (approximately 7 calls per academic year). On-call, fellows are in-house on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 7am to 5pm. On-call responsibilities include interpretation of Chest X rays, Ultrasound, Body CTs and emergent Body MRIs. The fellow should act as a consulting with the on-call residents, and should interpret emergent cases on a consulting basis after hours whenever needed. Our PACS system currently allows for viewing of studies via the Internet, so cases can often be viewed from home.
2 Letters of recommendation.
Completed USMLE ( Steps 1, 2 and 3)
Eligible for a MS state medical license
Completed residency in Diagnostic Radiology
Contact: Dr. Frederico Souza, MD
Director of Body Imaging and Director of the Fellowship Porgram