Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship

Program Overview

Fellows rotate through Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), Keck Hospital of USC, the HCC1 and HCC2 private outpatient clinics, 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 workstations. Additional 3D Vitrea workstations are located throughout the department and there is Vitrea integration available on our PACS as well.

The goal of the Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship is to prepare confident, capable radiologists for careers in both private practice and academics. Our busy clinical service offers excellent experience in terms of both volume and range of pathology. Research activity is encouraged, and our fellows have enjoyed success in their submissions to national meetings, including the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society.

There are numerous, daily case conferences at each facility. The fellow will be working closely with residents, fellows and faculty throughout the year. Interesting case conference takes place every other week to enhance the learning experience. During their time at USC, fellows are given the appointment of clinical instructor.

BODY IMAGING AND INTERVENTION FELLOWSHIP:

Fellows receive comprehensive and supervised training in advanced body imaging, both above and below the diaphragm. The year is divided into monthly rotations, with 3 months of body MRI, 4 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 can be tailored, to the fellows’ interests. Up to five positions are offered each year.

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 8 magnets on campus, five 1.5T and four 3T.

Ultrasound:

The US 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 and intra-operative ultrasound.

CALL REQUIREMENTS:

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

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center:

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.

Electives:

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

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in the USC Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowships. Neither the Body Imaging and Intervention nor the Breast / Body fellowship will participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Applications and interviews take place on a rolling basis.

Those wishing to apply should complete the following:

USC Fellowship Application
A copy of your curriculum vitae
A personal statement
3 letters of recommendation
A California Medical License is required PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. Applications for licensure should be made to the Medical Board in November prior to the year you will begin your appointment. This can be a time consuming process and a prompt application is encouraged. For information and/or application please contact:

Medical Board of California
1426 Howe Avenue
Suite #54
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-2382
e-mail: webmaster@medbed.ca.gov
Web site: http://www.medbd.ca.gov

In addition, a California Radiology Supervisor and Operator Certificate (fluoroscopy license) is required PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. 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 prior to the year you will begin your appointment. For information and/or application please refer to:

California Radiologic Health Branch

Radiology Supervisor and Operator Certificate Application
For further information, contact:

Miriam Romero, M.D.
Fellowship Director
Email: miriam.romero@med.usc.edu

Mitch Gulati, M.D.
Assistant Fellowship Director
Email: mittul.gulati@med.usc.edu

Sona Devedjian
Fellowship Coordinator
Email: sona.devedjian@med.usc.edu

Contact

USC Norris Cancer Center and Hospital
1441 Eastlake Avenue, Suite 2315
Los Angeles, California 90033
Phone: (323) 865-3203
Fax: (323) 865-0063