The UTMB Breast Imaging Fellowship provides one year of multidimensional advanced training to qualified applicants seeking specialized knowledge in Breast Imaging. Since its inception in 2003, this fellowship program has produced Mammographers who are proficient in screening and diagnostic mammography interpretation, breast ultrasound interpretation, breast MRI interpretation, and breast interventional procedures including ultrasound and stereotactic guided biopsies. In addition, our breast imaging fellows are trained with state of the art equipment including digital mammography units, a stereotactic unit, and a 3T MRI unit with a breast specific coil.
Candidates applying for this one year fellowship program should have completed a four year Diagnostic Radiology residency and board certification through the American Board of Radiology is preferred.
The UTMB Radiology Department is a facility that is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Breast Imaging Department is staffed by three specialized Breast Imaging Radiologists who have each been Board Certified through the American Board of Radiology. A wide range of breast pathology is seen through the diverse patient population of UTMB which includes both insured and uninsured patients and detainees in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. As a member of a seven-hospital University system, we provide approximately 20,000 annual breast exams and procedures through a mobile mammogram van unit and imaging centers located throughout Galveston county.
The objective of this fellowship program is to provide a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of Breast Imaging. This advanced training includes the interpretation of screening and diagnostic mammograms by digital and/or screen-film mammographic technique as well as the interpretation of breast ultrasound and breast MRI. Interventional procedures include, but are not limited to, ultrasound and stereotactic guided needle biopsies and needle wire localizations, fine needle aspirations, galactography, and breast abscess drainage.
Our fellowship program consists of one fellow who divides their time interpreting screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, MRI’s, and performing breast interventional procedures under the supervision of Breast Imaging Faculty. The fellow is also responsible for preparing and presenting breast malignancy cases for the multidisciplinary breast conferences.
At the beginning of the Breast Imaging Fellowship, faculty supervision is intensive, however, with increased training, experience, and knowledge we anticipate more independence and autonomy from the fellow. A member of the Breast Imaging faculty is always readily available for immediate assistance and most importantly, the maintenance of patient safety. Additionally, numerous Breast Imaging textbooks are available upon request for study and review.
Clinical research is an important aspect of the fellowship and the fellow will be involved in any ongoing breast research projects and journal publications. Submission of an abstract, manuscript, or exhibition at a major society meeting and attendance at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting is also encouraged.
At the conclusion of this one year Breast Imaging Fellowship, the fellow should be confidently interpreting all breast imaging modalities including mammograms, ultrasounds, and breast MRI with correct incorporation of BI-RADS (Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System) criterion. In addition, the fellow should be comfortable performing any indicated interventional procedures of the breast. Finally, the fellow should be comfortable providing appropriate teaching sessions to radiology residents and medical students in all modalities of Breast Imaging.
Interested applicants must submit the Universal Fellowship Application and all supporting documents. The application must include three letters of recommendation and one of the letters must be from their residency program director. The Universal Fellowship Application may be found on the APDR website (https://www.apdr.org/) under the trainees/fellowship information tab.
Please email all of the following documents as a complete application to: [email protected]
- Personal statement
- Application form
- Medical school transcript
- Dean’s letter (or equivalent),
- Copies of USMLE scores (Steps 1, 2 and 3)
- Copies of diplomas/completion certificates
Letters of recommendation may be sent separately
Please include your last name in the subject line of all email correspondence.
Once All materials have been received, the application will be reviewed. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.