Musculoskeletal Imaging & Intervention Observership Program

Visiting Observership Program in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention

The Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers a Visiting Observership Program. This program is designed to expose the participant to daily read-out sessions and observation of a vast array of musculoskeletal imaging cases and procedures. The goal of this observership is to gain experience in understanding and using radiologic tests (radiographs, CT, US, and MRI) to image the musculoskeletal system. In particular, the observer will be exposed to cases in sports medicine, rheumatology, orthopedic oncology, podiatry, and general medicine. Our division also performs a high volume of interventional procedures including fluoroscopy/US-guided pain injections, and image-guided bone and soft tissue tumor biopsies. While the observer will not have direct patient contact, the images from the procedures and techniques and pitfalls for each procedure can be discussed.

The participant can attend conferences in orthopedic oncology (weekly), the MSK fellowship lecture (biweekly), rheumatology (monthly), quality assurance case review (quarterly), endocrinology (biannual), and foot/ankle (biannual). The combination of these conference and group case discussions with individual case read-outs offers an opportunity for maximum interaction between the observer and MSK faculty. They will also have on-site access to a library of MSK lectures and over 5,000 cases for review.

The observer will be supervised by MSK faculty members who will be available for teaching and guidance. The observer will have only an observatory role on the MSK service and no clinical work requirements or direct patient contact.

Observership Director

Jim Wu, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention
Vice Chair of Education and Lifelong Learning
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


At the end of this observership, the participant will:

  • Expand their knowledge in the application of radiologic tests to evaluate and treat conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Improve their ability to recognize the key imaging features for accurate diagnosis of diseases involving the musculoskeletal system.
  • Understand how to better use MR, US, and CT imaging resources.
  • Become familiar with various musculoskeletal interventional procedures.

Target Audience

  • Radiology: practicing community and academic radiologists, residents, and fellows with an interest in musculoskeletal imaging.
  • Other specialties: clinical physicians in orthopedics, podiatry, sports medicine, and general medicine.


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


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 two letters of recommendation.

Please email or mail your application and correspondence to:

Jim Wu, MD
Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention
Department of Radiology
330 Brookline Avenue, Shapiro 407
Boston, MA 02215
Office: 617-667-0649