Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in musculoskeletal radiology fellowship training at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Two one-year fellowships are offered each year in Musculoskeletal Radiology.

The Fellowship encompasses primary clinical responsibilities at Parkland Memorial Hospital, UT Southwestern University Hospitals, and UT Southwestern's clinical outpatient facilities. Fellows receive training in a collegial environment with the goal of creating independent subspecialty consultants who will be leaders in the field.

Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship Leadership

Avneesh Chhabra, M.D.
Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery 

MSK Radiology Faculty

Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship Curriculum

The Division of Musculoskeletal of the Department of Radiology is staffed by fellowship-trained faculty who are committed to house staff education and training. Fellows are a critical component to the clinical aspect of MSK Radiology, participating in patient care and facilitating the performance, interpretation, and reporting of imaging studies as well as the timely performance of MSK interventional procedures. 

Fellows are exposed to a diverse patient population and wide range of musculoskeletal disease processes in both hospital and outpatient environments. Our referral base includes orthopaedic surgery, spine, psychiatry, plastic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.

A wide breadth of diagnostic services (radiography, US, CT, MRI, MR arthrography, and MR neurography) is supplemented by an active MSK interventional service (diagnostic arthrography, joint injections, perineural injections, and bone and soft tissue biopsies). Structured reporting templates are used for cross-sectional imaging with uniformity in reporting styles.

Fellows’ responsibilities also include assisting in resident education and training.

With a goal toward academic enrichment, the Fellowship focuses on achieving a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of MSK MRI and CT imaging protocol optimization as applied to sports medicine, cartilage imaging, sarcoma imaging, MR arthrography, and MR neurography. 

Close working relationship with the dedicated MR scientists in the Department of Radiology and Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) further enhance this experience.

Fellows are also trained in research methodology, manuscript preparation, and other activities essential to both an academic career and objective interpretation of current literature.

Fellows receive four weeks of elective time to pursue their academic interests in other subspecialty sections of the department.

MSK Radiology Facilities

Clinical facilities consist of multiple CT scanners, including two Toshiba 320 slice scanners, and multiple whole-body clinical MRI systems (Philips, GE, and Siemens) within Parkland Memorial Hospital (three 1.5T and one 3T magnets) and University Hospital Imaging Services (four 1.5T and four 3T magnets).

In addition, the AIRC is equipped with two 3T and one 7T whole-body magnets dedicated entirely to research. Other facilities within the institution include several animal MRI scanners, an HIFU system, and three hyperpolarizers. Fellows have easy access to state-of-the-art MR scanners to directly supervise examinations and tailor pulse sequences at the scanner console.

Conferences

Radiology resident teaching conferences are held twice daily throughout the year and fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. MSK radiology-specific conferences are held at noon every week. Fellows are expected to prepare and present at least two conferences for the diagnostic radiology residents during their fellowship.

  • MSK case conference and “how to fill structured reporting template” conferences are held on a weekly basis in the MSK radiology section
  • Radiology Grand Rounds are held monthly with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a wide variety of topics
  • Fellows will also take a central role in preparing for and conducting interdisciplinary conferences with the radiology and orthopaedic faculty
  • Fellows are entitled to an academic enrichment fund to support educational materials and attendance to scientific meetings and/or trainings.

MSK Radiology Research

MSK Radiology research interests are in line with the core values of the radiology department, namely intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation. The fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects or initiate new projects under supervision of the MSK faculty. Ancillary services such as research MRI technologists, research physician assistants, nurses, as well as support for IRB submissions, illustrations, and biostatistics are available through the Department of Radiology.

Fellows are expected to have completed one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed indexed journal by the end of the year.

Call Duty for Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellows

Fellows take one week of home call per month in support of in-house resident call at Parkland. MSK radiology faculty are available as backup for the on-call fellows.