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Visiting Observership Program in Abdominal Imaging

Observership Co-Directors

Olga R. Brook, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Koenraad J. Mortele, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Abdominal Imaging, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Maryellen R. Sun, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Ultrasound Services

Program Overview

The Abdominal Radiology section at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers an International Visiting Observership Program in Abdominal Imaging. This program is designed to expose the participant to daily readout daily read-out sessions and observation of a vast array of Body US and CT cases, as well as CT and US guided interventional procedures.

The goal of this observership is to gain experience in understanding and utilizing variety of CT protocols, various ultrasound techniques and their clinical application to diseases involving the abdomen and pelvis.

In addition the participant will learn about a variety of CT and US guided techniques and approaches to interventions in chest, abdomen and pelvis, including percutaneous and transvaginal biopsies, drainages, radiofrequency and microwave ablation. Actual cases that participant will be exposed to depends on patient care needs and the length of time of the observership.

The participant will attend daily didactic lectures in related subjects, as well as weekly Abdominal Imaging conference meetings to discuss unusual cases. The combination of group case discussions with individual case read-outs offers an opportunity for maximum interaction between applicants and faculty. In addition, the participant will be able to attend multidisciplinary conferences, such as Liver tumor board, Pancreas tumor board, GI tumor board, GU tumor board, Gyn tumor board, and monthly section quality assurance and mortality and morbidity conference.

The trainee will be supervised by faculty members who will also be responsible for teaching and providing guidance.

The trainee will have only an observatory role on the Abdominal Imaging service and no clinical work requirements or patient contact.

Objectives

At the end of this observership, the participant will:

  • Expand his/her knowledge in the clinical application of US and CT imaging to diseases involving the abdomen and pelvis.
  • Improve his/her ability to recognize the key US an d CT imaging features for accurate diagnosis of diseases involving the abdomen and pelvis.

Target Audience:

  • Radiology: practicing community and academic radiologists, residents, and fellows with interest in abdominal and pelvic imaging and interventions.
  • Other specialties: clinical physicians in surgery, gastroenterology, hepatology, urology, gynecology with interest in abdominal and pelvic MR imaging.

Visa

International observers will obtain their own tourist Visa. A J1 Visa sponsorship is not offered from the BIDMC for this course of study.

Registration

Observerships are offered during the academic year for one to six month periods.

Along with your completed application, please include your CV, a personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation.

Mail or email your application and your correspondence to:

Katie Armstrong, Manager of Medical Education Programs
Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Shapiro 4
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-3532
Fax: 617-667-8212
E-mail: kearmstr@bidmc.harvard.edu

Tuition

  • $1,500.00/month
  • Tuition is payable on confirmation of acceptance. Please make checks payable to: BIH Radiologic Foundation, Inc.