Why UT Southwestern
Approved by the Texas Medical Board (TMB), our Pediatric Neuroradiology Fellowship program is centered at Children’s Health℠ Children's Medical Center Dallas, a private, nonprofit, tertiary-care pediatric hospital and Level I trauma center that is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for UT Southwestern. Fellows gain extensive exposure to all neuroimaging modalities including CT, MR imaging, brain SPECT, and PET. Advanced imaging modalities including MR spectroscopy, DTI, and perfusion imaging, as well as presurgical motor and language mapping are included in the clinical experience.
We educate fellows in a Texas Medical Board-certified residency program in Pediatric Neuroradiology. Trainees have a variety of pre-fellowship experience, ranging from small community to larger academic residency programs. Fellows typically have completed a fellowship in Neuroradiology or Pediatric Radiology.
- Produce Pediatric Neuroradiologists who will be successful, whether in private practice or an academic setting.
- Impart a core set of concepts and abilities to trainees through a standardized curriculum of lectures, case conferences, multidisciplinary conferences, as well as work experience.
- Introduce the concept of quality in Pediatric Neuroradiology though involvement in a performance improvement project, quality committee participation, and involvement in the Peer Learning process.
- Participate in a research project and attend a national meeting with a focus in Pediatric Neuroradiology. Additionally, fellows gain an improved ability to critically evaluate scientific literature in Pediatric Neuroradiology.
- Chief, Pediatric Radiology
- Assistant Professor
- Assistant Professor
- Director, Pediatric Neuroradiology
- A strong academic component
- A close working relationship between pediatric neuroradiology and other clinical departments (pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric neurology, pediatric epilepsy, and pediatric otolaryngology)
- Responsibility for planning, monitoring, and interpreting examinations
- Active involvement in performing pediatric interventional procedures, as well as therapeutic treatment of vascular lesions of the head and neck
Beyond the clinical experience
In addition to clinical activities, fellows are trained in the basic principles of image acquisition and reconstructions, research methodology, manuscript preparation, and other activities essential both to an academic career and to objective interpretation of current literature and clinical guidelines in a private practice setting.
These efforts are supplemented by attendance at multidisciplinary conferences, a regularly scheduled journal club, and interdisciplinary conferences, such as those related to CT and MR quality and safety.
Fellows are provided with dedicated academic time to pursue their academic interests under direct supervision of the Pediatric Neuroradiology faculty. Added allotted time for monitoring cases at the scanner further enhances the understanding of image acquisition techniques and protocol optimization. Elective time is provided up to 1 month at our affiliated adult institutions and as allowable by the receiving service(s). Fellows are entitled to an academic enrichment fund to support educational materials, and attendance to scientific meetings.
Fellows are on call one day per week and one weekend per month.
Facilities and Equipment
Clinical facilities consist of:
- Seven 1.5T magnets and one 3T magnet
- Three magnets at the Dallas hospital (two 3Ts and one 1.5T)
- Three magnets at our nearby (walkable) outpatient center, which is slated for renovation with installation of a research 3T and two 1.5T magnets
- One magnet at the Plano hospital (1.5T)
- On-line and off-line processing of MR functional data
Radiology resident teaching conferences are held one per week throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations. Fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Fellows present two conferences to Diagnostic Radiology residents as well as more informal monthly resident case conferences to residents rotating at Children's Medical Center.
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 variety of topics.
Informative multidisciplinary clinical conferences in combination with neurology, neurosurgery, epilepsy, and the various clinical subspecialties are available.
A fellow lecture is held weekly, covering a core curriculum component in Pediatric Neuroradiology.
Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Department, which are developed through collaborative efforts involving clinical and research faculty and staff. Fellows have ready access to UT Southwestern's Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center, only five minutes away, and most journals can be accessed online from Children's Medical Center Dallas. Texts are also available for sign-out and review.
Fellows have the opportunity to attend a major radiology meeting, preferably as a presenter.
Fellows also have access to a biostatistician and graphic design department.
Salaries and Benefits
Hospital stipends are set annually and are competitive nationally with those of other teaching programs. The amount, shown in the chart below, depends on the year of residency training.
Low-cost hospitalization and dental insurance is available to contracted house staff, as well as a group life insurance plan.
Medical malpractice insurance is provided for Radiology house staff by the Department through the University of Texas System group plan.
The Fellow’s assignments and vacation usage will be determined and/or approved by the Program Director. Fellow will accrue vacation and sick leave on a monthly basis and may utilize such leaves consistent with State law and the Policies and Procedures adopted by UTSW to implement the State law.
The program provides up to three one-year fellowship positions annually. Information regarding the application process can be found under How to Apply on the main Fellowships page. Below are requirements specific to the Pediatric Radiology fellowship.
Satisfactory completion of a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
It is recommended that applications be submitted by October 1 (which is 21 months before the fellowship start date)
Our fellowship has agreed to follow the SPR interview date embargo agreement
Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from current Program Director)
Official medical school transcript
International Medical Graduates
For questions regarding International Medical Graduates, visit our fellowships page. Please note the above residency requirements.