The Neuroradiology fellowship program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is an ACGME-accredited one-year fellowship for the training of neuroradiologists.
The fellowship is designed to provide a broad experience in neuroradiology and prepare graduates for both the independent practice of the specialty of neuroradiology and subspecialty CAQ certification through the American Board of Radiology. While the accredited fellowship is one year in duration, select individual fellows have remained for an additional year of concentrated subspecialty experience. Up to six fellows are accepted per year.
The fellowship includes exposure at hospitals and imaging centers affiliated with UT Southwestern including Parkland Memorial Hospital, Rogers Magnetic Resonance Center, Meadows Diagnostic Imaging Center, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, and pediatric neuroradiology at Children’s Medical Center, radiologic physicists and neuroendovascular specialists with backgrounds in Neurosurgery and Neurology.
Lee Pride, M.D.
The training program consists of clinical and academic components. Fellows rotate through clinical services on monthly rotations. These clinical services include MRI, head and neck imaging, spine imaging/intervention, neuroangiography/intervention and pediatric neuroradiology. There is one month of elective time in which PET experience is incorporated. Fellows perform procedures, participate in imaging interpretation sessions and provide consultative and teaching services for other departments and for radiology residents in close association with their supervising faculty.
The academic component of the fellowship includes didactic faculty instruction in neuroradiology, conference attendance/preparation and participation in a research or academic project. Fellows are given one afternoon per week free of clinical responsibility for academic time.
Clinical call responsibilities include beeper call from home approximately one week in every six.
Service and clinical experience includes the following as representative of the 2009-2010 year, inclusive of all institutions affiliated with the fellowship:
- Approximately 30,000 CT/MRI studies of the brain, head, and neck annually
- Approximately 20,500 CT/MRI studies of the spine annually
- Approximately 8100 CTA/MRA studies of the neurovasculature annually
- Approximately 850 advanced imaging evaluations (spectroscopy, perfusion studies, diffusion studies, functional MRI) annually
- Approximately 990 spine intervention cases (vertebroplasty, pain management injection techniques, myelograms, lumbar csf access, and biopsies) annually
- Approximately 1700 diagnostic cerebral/spinal catheter angiograms annually
- Approximately 320 neuroendovascular interventions annually
Exposure to cases from a Level I trauma center
Dedicated rotation in pediatric neuroradiology at Children’s Medical Center
Fellows who choose to do a second year become an Instructor in the Radiology Department, functioning as a junior faculty member under the continued guidance of senior faculty. In this year, a greater degree of autonomy and function is expected and greater supervisory skills are required. In addition, further subspecialization opportunities are available in a variety of areas, including:
- Head and neck
Radiology resident teaching conferences are held twice daily throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations. Fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Fellows are also expected to present conferences in this forum twice during the fellowship year on neuroradiology topics.
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.
Informative multidisciplinary clinical conferences in combination with neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology and otorhinolaryngology services are available and routinely attended by neuroradiology faculty and fellows.
Academic productivity is encouraged, and it’s expected that at least one academic or research project will emanate from a fellow's experience suitable for presentation or publication. Multiple opportunities are available for collaboration with faculty in every subspecialty. Research facilities could be made available during the second year of fellowship if the candidate wished and if a suitable project were identified.
Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the department, which are developed through research and collaborative efforts of the clinical faculty and department Ph.D's.