Why UT Southwestern
Recently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), our one-year program encompasses primary clinical responsibilities at Parkland Memorial Hospital, UT Southwestern University Hospitals, and their clinical outpatient facilities. Fellows receive training in a collegial environment with the program goal of creating independent subspecialty consultants who will be leaders in the field. Fellows are essential to the clinical functioning of MSK Radiology, and facilitate the performance, interpretation, and reporting of advanced imaging studies, as well as the timely performance of a variety of MSK interventional procedures. They also participate as effective consultants in many multidisciplinary conferences, serve as teachers, and engage in various scholarly activities.
The mission of the Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship program is to prepare radiologists for successful careers in either academic or private practice settings, and to become independent subspecialty consultants who are leaders in the field. In keeping with the core values of the Department of Radiology, namely intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation, we employ multidisciplinary partnerships and bring scientific advances to the bedside and deliver world-class musculoskeletal diagnostic and interventional radiology services at UT Southwestern Hospitals and Clinics and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. We develop, provide and sustain cost effective and innovative practices with a focus on improved quality of patient experience while also imparting exceptional education and clinical skills to the next generation of leaders.
- Provide clinical training experiences in different aspects of state-of-the-art MSK imaging and interventions
- Prepare fellows for future independent careers in both academic medicine and private practice
- Develop the necessary skills to become experts in the protocol design and interpretation of MSK imaging examinations and image-guided interventions
- Foster participation in multidisciplinary teams to optimize patient care, performance of radiology research, and education of others
- Attract trainees towards careers in academic and integrated private set-ups so that they can help improve patient outcomes and experiences
- Chief, Musculoskeletal Radiology
- Associate Professor
- Program Director
- Assistant Professor
- Director, Emergency Radiology, Parkland Hospital
- Associate Professor
- Assistant Professor
- Fellowship-trained faculty who are committed to training and educational excellence
- A diverse patient population and a range of musculoskeletal disease processes in both hospital and outpatient environments (our referral base includes orthopedic surgery, spine, rheumatology, PM&R, plastic surgery, family/internal medicine, neurology, and neurosurgery)
- A breadth of diagnostic services (radiography, musculoskeletal US, CT, MRI, MR arthrography, sarcoma imaging, rheumatology imaging, and MR neurography), supplemented by an active MSK interventional service (diagnostic arthrography, joint injections and aspirations, perineural and muscle botulinum toxin injections, CT- and ultrasound-guided interventions, tendon needling-barbotage, and bone and soft tissue biopsies)
- Structured reporting templates that provide uniformity in reporting styles and use of controlled terminology
- A close working relationship with the dedicated MR scientists in the Department of Radiology and Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) to enhance the experience
- An expansive number of multidisciplinary conferences and dedicated fellows lectures in research methodology and MR physics to provide the comprehensive education and preparation necessary for successful careers as independent radiology consultants
Beyond the clinical experience
Fellows’ responsibilities also include assisting in resident and medical student education. With a goal toward academic enrichment, the Fellowship focuses on achieving a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of MSK MRI, US and CT imaging protocol optimization and interventions as applied to the fields of sports medicine, cartilage imaging, sarcoma imaging, rheumatology imaging, CT and MR arthrography, and MR neurography.
Fellows are also trained in research methodology, manuscript preparation, and other activities essential to both an academic career and objective interpretation and understanding of current literature.
Fellows receive four weeks of elective time to pursue their academic interests in other subspecialty sections of the department, including up to two weeks of pediatric MSK radiology. Fellows are entitled to an academic enrichment fund.
Once in three weeks, fellows take a week of home call in support of in-house resident call at Parkland and UT Southwestern hospitals, including weekend call responsibility. MSK radiology faculty is available as backup for the on-call fellows.
Facilities and Equipment
Clinical facilities consist of:
- An array of the latest multi-vendor CT scanners, including a Siemens Force and Flash DECT, Toshiba 320 slice scanner and a spectral CT scanner
- Multiple whole-body clinical MRI systems (Philips, GE, and Siemens), and multiple state-of-the-art 1.5T and one 3T magnets
- 3T and 7T whole-body magnets dedicated entirely to research
- High-end multi-vendor ultrasound scanners throughout the campus
Other facilities within the institution include:
- Several animal MRI scanners
- A high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system
- Three hyperpolarizers
Fellows have easy access to imaging scanners to directly supervise examinations using remote monitoring and to tailor techniques at the scanner console. Dedicated statistical and research metholodology support, editorial and illustration services exist within the department for the benefit of fellows and faculty alike.
Radiology resident teaching conferences are held twice daily throughout the year and fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as the 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.
Other specific and multidisciplinary conferences include:
- MSK case conference and how to fill structured reporting template conferences held on a regular basis in the MSK radiology division
- Sports conference (monthly)
- Hip MDT and research conference (monthly)
- Orthopedics Grand Rounds (weekly)
- Foot-Radiology conference (monthly)
- Hand conference (weekly)
- Rheumatology conference (monthly)
- Journal Club (monthly)
- M&M conference (monthly)
- Sarcoma (Radiology-Pathology) conference (weekly)
- Radiology Grand Rounds (monthly) with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a variety of topics
MSK Radiology research interests are in line with the core values of the Department of Radiology, namely intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects or initiate new projects under the supervision of MSK faculty. Ancillary services, such as research MRI technologists, research physician assistants, nurses, as well as support for IRB submissions, illustrations, editorial and content development, and biostatistics are available in the Department of Radiology.
Fellows are expected to have completed one scientific manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed indexed journal by the end of the year. They are effectively mentored throughout the research project by the core faculty and provided research methodology lectures during the project. Fellows are encouraged to present their findings at national meetings.
The program provides three one-year fellowship positions annually. Details regarding the match process can be found on the Society of Skeletal Radiology's website. Information regarding the application process can be found under How to Apply on the main Fellowships page.
International Medical Graduates
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