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Radiology & Imaging

Musculoskeletal MRI Fellowship

Department Name: Radiology and Imaging
Chief of Department: Hollis G. Potter, MD
Director of Fellowship: Carolyn M. Sofka, MD, FACR
Duration: 1 Year
ACGME accredited: No, 1 position
Education Coordinator: Liza Morales (email: moralesli@hss.edu; phone: 212.606.1936)

Goals of Fellowship

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fellowship program represents the continued commitment of Hospital for Special Surgery to train physicians in the clinical aspects of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

For the fellowship in MRI, complex cases will be protocoled and interpreted with an increased exposure to prototype pulse sequences and proprietary post-processing techniques. There will also be more independent case management for all aspects of daily image acquisition, including noncontrast MRI and MR angiography.

Through the use of didactic lectures, case presentations, round table discussions, journal club and question and answer sessions, the Radiology and Imaging Weekly Conference series further the fellows’ knowledge of a competence in advanced imaging techniques.

Curriculum and Expectations

  • Fellowship experiences include learning proper protocols and appropriate utilization and sequencing for MRI, with more comprehensive and independent protocoling and review of the MRI examinations expected as the year progresses. Research is emphasized with exposure to clinical and basic science research mentors. At least one peer reviewed publication is expected with a podium presentation (or high-level poster) presentation at a national or international research meeting.
  • The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fellow does the primary interpretation on cases under the supervision of the attending radiologist. All images are reviewed as are the final dictated reports by the attending radiologist. The fellow is expected to provide back-up coverage, consulting with an attending radiologist as required and officially dictate the case with the attending radiologist.
  • As the year progresses, the MRI fellowship will focus on more independence from the MRI attending for image review and pulse sequence programming, as well as an increased participation in the MRI division teaching responsibilities for the imaging, orthopaedic and other clinical residents/fellows.

Application

Fellowship Application is available for download in both Word and PDF formats.