During the one year fellowship, clinical rotations are performed at both SAMMC and WHASC. This is designed to give the fellow ample experience in both inpatient and outpatient musculoskeletal radiology and procedures. The fellow will receive training during dedicated image guided procedure rotations and perform procedures such as arthrograms on a daily basis.
First Six Months
The fellow will be closely supervised and work side by side with a musculoskeletal radiology staff during daily readouts and all procedures. The fellow will provide preliminary interpretation for all modalities including plain films, ultrasound and MRI. The fellow is expected to dictate as many musculoskeletal examinations as possible, working in conjunction with the radiology resident when applicable. All exams will be reviewed with a musculoskeletal staff prior to final reporting. The fellow will begin work on a research project in conjunction with their faculty mentor. This may entail designing and implementing a novel research project or becoming a key investigator on an ongoing multi-year project.
Second Six Months
Beginning in January of their academic year, fellows will begin to take a total of eight weeks of overnight and weekend call at home to learn how to handle on-call situations such as emergent joint aspirations, biopsies, lumbar punctures and MRIs. The fellows will begin with less direct supervision as the second half of the year progresses. The fellow will continue to be indirectly supervised throughout the fellowship and every exam will continue to be approved by a staff radiologist before a final report is generated. However, the fellow will be able to perform all aspects of musculoskeletal radiology including procedures with only indirect supervision and be able to perform independently upon graduation. The fellow will also begin to teach medical students and radiology residents about the principles and practice of musculoskeletal radiology throughout the final six months of their fellowship. The fellow will complete work on their research project. If possible, an abstract or a scientific presentation is submitted or presented at a national meeting.
The musculoskeletal fellow can choose from a wide range of electives during two months of the year. The fellow can perform any elective related to musculoskeletal imaging including a research elective. SAUSHEC hosts an emergency radiology fellowship in which we also have a dedicated emergency/trauma radiology rotation to provide the best service possible to our level I trauma center and emergency room. Fellows can rotate through this rotation to supplement their musculoskeletal trauma experience. We also host a nuclear medicine fellowship. Fellows can rotate through this elective and receive dedicated training in bone scans, and PET scans to supplement the training that they receive in these areas during the remainder of the year. At the conclusion of the musculoskeletal radiology fellowship program, fellows are fully qualified and credentialed to teach and perform all aspects of musculoskeletal radiology independently.