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Breast Imaging Fellowship

Angelica S. Robinson, M.D.

Mardi Gras

 

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 breast tomosynthesis, 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.

Application and Interviews

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 (http://www.apdr.org/) under the trainees/fellowship information tab.

Timeline

  • 2018-2019 Breast Imaging fellowship--Accepting Applications beginning January 1, 2017. We are excited about participating in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).
  • Tentative Interview dates offered January 2017 thru March 2017

The proposed date pattern for the match is:

  • March 22, 2017: Registration opens
  • April 26, 2017: Ranking opens
  • May 17, 2017: Ranking closes
  • June 14, 2017: Match Day
  • July 1, 2018 Training begins

Cost of the match:

Applicants will pay a $75 registration fee to register for the match Breast Imaging has implemented an All In Policy for the Match. This means that programs participating in the Match cannot extend any offers to candidates outside of the match. Applicants can withdraw from the Match prior to the ranking deadline if they accept a position outside of the Match.

For additional information regarding the match refer to the Society for Breast Imaging website

Please email all of the following documents as a complete application to: saveal@utmb.edu

  • CV
  • 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
  • Photo

Letters of recommendation may be sent separately

  • Please address the letters of recommendation to:

Angelica Robinson, MD
c/o Shirl A. Veal
Associate Professor of Radiology
Fellowship Program Director, Breast Imaging
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77555-0709

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.

 


UTMB's Department of Radiology is accredited by the American College of Radiology in: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound. It is also recognized as a Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging.
 
 
 
 
 

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