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Positions available:  4 per year
Length of fellowship:  One year
Application deadline:  4/30/2010
Forms:  Application
Interviews:  January to May 2010 (for fellowship year beginning July 2011)

A one-year Neuroradiology Training Program is offered to individuals who have successfully completed their radiology residency and are board certified. Four fellows are accepted each year.

Fellows receive training at both Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and at the Tufts Medical Center (TMC), and spend approximately half of their clinical rotations at each institution. BIDMC is a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and has the third highest NIH funding of independent hospitals in the US. It is a 595 bed hospital with a large active ED and major strengths in clinical neurosciences, orthopedics, cancer, and GI diseases. BIDMC has a close relationship with the Joslin Clinic (across the street), which is world renowned for diabetes care and research. Two weeks of elective time at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary is built into the training program. The Tufts Medical Center is a 450 bed world-class, academic medical institution which is home to two full-service hospitals: one serving adults (TMC), and Floating Hospital for Children, dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care. The Medical Center , the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine has recently completed a renovation and expansion program.

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The fellowship provides training in the performance and interpretation of all aspects of neuroradiology including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, myelography, arteriography, interventional neuroradiology procedures, vertebroplasty , spine pain procedures and head and neck radiology. The fellowship also provides training in advanced CNS imaging including quantitative MR spectroscopy, ASL, DSC and DCE perfusion MRI, fMRI and DTI, and CT perfusion and angiography. Fellows are supervised by staff neuroradiologists and are responsible for the performance and interpretation of all examinations under the supervision of staff neuroradiologists. The neuroradiology section at BIDMC performs approximately 60,0000 RVU's per year with slightly more MR than CT. Neuroradiologic services (CT and MRI) are also provided at BID Needham, by PACS. We have made a department wide commitment to PACS (GE centricity).

Our facilities at BIDMC presently include:

  • 7 Multidetector CT (16-320 channels) including 1 dedicated helical CT scanner in emergency department.
  • 8 Human MR systems (Two 3T, Six 1.5T)
  • 2 small bore high field MR systems
  • 1 PET/CT, 1 SPECT/CT
  • 1 biplane angiography suite dedicated for diagnostic and interventional neuroangiography and spinal procedures.
  • State-of-the-art 3D laboratory with dedicated workstations: AW and Vitrea
Conference Schedule
8:00AM NeuroOnc Conference
9:30AM Neurology Conference
4:00PM Neuroradiology Didactic Conference*
9:00AM Spine conference (q 2 weeks)
12:00PM Journal Club
8:00AM Neurosurgery Conference (Childrens Hospital)
7:30AM Radiology Grand Rounds
7:45AM Neuroradiology Conference (Childrens Hospital)
9:00AM Brain-Cutting (once a month)
12:00PM Residents conference
* * Alternating at BIDMC and TMC every week.

A multidisciplinary approach to neuroradiology training is emphasized. There is a close interrelationship of the clinical and academic activities of the Neuroradiology Service with the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuropathology. Correlative brain cutting sessions are held monthly. The Department of Neurology is comprised of 42 neurologists plus 10 PhD faculty. Its training programs includes 18 residents, 6 ACGME fellows, and 4 non-ACGME fellows. The Department admits 1,600 patients per year, and sees about 25,000 outpatient visits per year. It has both clinical and basic research programs, supported by more than $13M of external direct support annually. The neurosurgery department is comprised of 6 neurosurgeons and is in the midst of a major expansion with addition of surgeons, research faculty, lab and clinical space . In 2008, there were 1560 neurosurgical admissions, 500 brain procedures (craniotomies and biopsies), 700 Spine procedures and 450 angiograms/endovascular procedures .The neuroradiology service provides routine clinical fMRI and DTI for treatment planning of brain tumor and functional neurosurgery cases. Routine Arterial Spin Labeling perfusion images using a technique developed in house is also performed in brain tumors. FDG PET, Thallium Spect and MR Spectroscopy are routinely used for evaluation of brain tumors. There is a strong training in angiography and endovascular techniques with approximately 450 angiograms performed in 2008, including about 150 endovascular cases. Training in vertebroplasty and spine biopsies is also offered. There is an active stereotactic radiosurgery program at both BIDMC and NEMC. BIDMC also has 5 ENT surgeons and 22 ophthalmologists on staff.

The training at Tufts Medical Center complements the educational experience at BIDMC with strong clinical expertise in Pediatric neurological diseases, Neurosurgery( including surgery of Brain Tumors and the Spine), Endovascular Surgery and ENT. There are residency programs in Neurosurgery, Neurology and ENT. TMC has 6 neurosurgeons, 5 ENT surgeons, 7 neurologists and 36 ophthalmologists on staff. The weekly multidisciplinary head and neck cancer center is a valuable learning experience for the neuroradiology trainee, in which comprehensive care of the head and cancer patient is discussed including discussion of imaging findings.

Please note that we will be participating in the NRMP Neuroradiology Fellowship match for 2010-11. Please visit for more information.

Application Requirements

Please send CV, personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, Dean's Letter, Board Scores (NBME), transcript of medical school record, and BIDMC fellowship application form and address any questions to the Program Coordinator, Diana Moran.

Program Coordinator

Diana Moran
Department of Radiology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
W CC B90, One Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215

Contact Information

Diana Moran
Program Coordinator, Neuroradiology Fellowship
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
W CC B90
One Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215