Fellowship Overview

The University of Southern California offers a one-year, non-ACGME, Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship training. This program is to prepare confident, capable radiologists for careers in private and academic practice. As fellows in the institution are given the appointment of clinical instructor. Our clinical service offers experience in terms of both volume and range of pathology. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in research, with alumni fellows having submitted to national conferences, including the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society.

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 on one medical campus. All of studies are reviewed on our PACS workstation and 3D Vitrea workstations.

The fellows work closely with residents, fellows, and faculty throughout the year. There are numerous, daily case conferences at each facility such as interesting case conference, taking place every other week, and monthly journal clubs.


  • Fellows receive comprehensive and supervised training in advanced body imaging, both above and below the diaphragm. The year is divided into monthly rotations, with three months of body MRI, four months of ultrasound and interventional procedures, one month of PET/CT, one month of Cardiac Imaging (CT and MRI), one month at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and 2 months of electives, which are tailored to the fellows’ interests.


  • 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


  • The Norris workload consists primarily of staging CTs of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Other modalities performed at Norris include ultrasound and CT procedures, fluoroscopy, plain film, and CT colonography.


  • Options include breast imaging (mammography, breast US, procedures and breast MRI) and additional MRI rotations (including MSK and neuroradiology).


  • 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 Imaging and Intervention Fellowship. The Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship will not be participating in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Applications and interviews take place on a rolling basis. Please visit the SCARD website for more information, as we follow their application guidelines and 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
Email: webmaster@medbed.ca.gov
Website: http://www.medbd.ca.gov

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.

Applications and Questions

Academic Program Specialist

Erica Morales

Program Director

Ali Rastegarpour, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Lucas Tsikitas, M.D.

Education Verifications

Please send your verification requests to: DORresidency@keckmedicine.onmicrosoft.com