Breast and Body Fellowship

The University of Southern California offers a one-year, non-ACGME, Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship training. This program is designed to prepare confident, capable radiologists for careers in private and academic practice. As fellows in the institution are given the appointment of clinical instructor. Fellows receive comprehensive and supervised training in both Breast and Body imaging. The year is divided into monthly rotations, with six months of body imaging and six months of breast imaging. Rotations for the body imaging portion consist of: three months rotating in body MRI, two months rotating in ultrasound and interventional procedures, and one month rotating at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. For the Breast portion, Fellows will practice mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and breast procedures.

Fellows rotate through various hospitals including Los Angeles General Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC, private outpatient clinics (HCC1 and HCC2), and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. One of the fellowship’s key strengths derives from the breadth of experience and rich diversity offered by having these very different facilities located within proximity of one medical campus. All studies are reviewed on our PACS workstation and 3D Vitrea workstations. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in research, with alumni fellows having regularly submitted to national conferences, including Radiological Society of North America and American Roentgen Ray Society.

Body MRI:

The workload includes, but is not limited to, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, oncologic, and gynecologic imaging. More specialized examinations are also performed, including dynamic pelvic imaging, prostate MRI, and cardiac imaging. There are currently five 1.5T and four 3T magnets on campus.


The ultrasound workload consists of general abdominal, genitourinary, oncologic, and transplant imaging. Interventional procedures include CT- and US-guided biopsies and drainages of both deep and superficial structures, contrast-enhanced ultrasound, and intra-operative ultrasound.


See Breast Imaging Fellowship website for details.

Call Requirements:

The Body Imaging/Intervention Fellowship and the Breast/Body Imaging Fellowship have a call requirement that averages out to one weekend on call out of every four weekends.

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in the USC Body and Breast Fellowship.

Our Fellowship does not participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Instead, please visit the SCARD website for more information regarding guidelines and the application calendar.

Those wishing to apply should complete the following:

A California Medical License is required prior to fellowship start. Applications for licensure should be made to the CA Medical Board by November in the year to your fellowship appointment. This is a time-consuming process and a prompt application is encouraged. For more information please contact:

Medical Board of California
1426 Howe Avenue
Suite #54
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: (916) 263-2382

A California Radiology Supervisor and Operator Certificate (fluoroscopy license) is also required prior to fellowship start. Obtaining this certificate involves fee payment as well as a written exam. Applications for licensure should be made to the California Department of Public Health- Radiologic Health Branch (CDPH-RHB), in November of the year prior to your appointment.

All application materials or questions should be emailed to the attention of the fellowship coordinator, with all Program Directors included:

Erica Morales
Academic Program Specialist
Eliza Wells
Fellowship Coordinator
Sandy Lee, M.D.
Program Director
Michelle Hopstone, M.D.
Program Director
Ali Rastegarpour, M.D.
Associate Program Director

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