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Neuroradiology Fellowship

Karthikram Raghuram, MD

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Fellowship Overview

The UTMB neuroradiology fellowship program has been in existence since 1980. The fellowship is predominantly a one year ACGME-accredited program with the option for an additional year of non- ACGME accredited training focusing on interventional procedures. A total of two positions are available. The fellows will read from John Sealy hospital on Galveston Island but will see studies from the Angleton Danbury campus in Beaumont, the League City campus in Webster, as well as studies from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sent from units all over the state.

The purpose of the one-year program is to give fellows a broad background in all aspects of neuroradiology including head and neck and pediatric imaging, with an opportunity to learn minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic spine procedures. Fellows will also assist in diagnostic and therapeutic neuroendovascular procedures and stroke intervention. UTMB is applying for NIH comprehensive stroke status and there is a consequent emphasis on noninvasive as well as catheter based angiography. Finally, fellows will have exposure to advanced imaging techniques including diffusion tensor imaging, fMRI, CT/MR perfusion, spectroscopy, Neuroquant software and intraoperative MRI.

Neuroradiology Training

The training program usually consists of two fellows alternating biweekly on the neuroimaging service and the neurointerventional service. Both fellows will be responsible for the daily volume of neuroimaging studies. The fellow on the neuroimaging service will likewise prepare and present the week’s interdisciplinary conferences including the neurosurgery tumor board, the head and neck tumor board, and an interesting case conference with the neurology residents. The fellow on the neurointerventional service will be responsible for facilitating, assisting with and ultimately performing the interventional cases for the week. The ability to work one on one continuously with Dr. Raghuram gives fellows the opportunity to become proficient and independent in therapeutic spine procedures including epidural steroid injections, facet blocks, and CT and fluoroscopically guided biopsies in addition to image guided lumbar punctures and myelograms.

At the start of the fellowship, faculty supervision is more intensive; as the trainee gains experience and knowledge, more independence with supervision will be allowed and encouraged. The faculty is always available to help provide safe care for the patient.

Two to three residents will also rotate through the neuroradiology section on month long rotations, and fellows are expected to supervise residents and rotating medical students including assisting with questions regarding procedure protocolling. The fellow will be expected to create and present one full length didactic lecture on a topic of his/her choosing for the noon resident conferences over the course of the year. Fellows are also expected to participate in and contribute to a monthly intradepartmental journal club and weekly interesting case conference.

In house moonlighting opportunities to take general weekend call may be available for eligible candidates.

Research and Academic Production

The trainee is encouraged to participate in ongoing and/or on new research in the section, and at least one abstract or manuscript sub-mission to a major societal meeting or journal is expected. The faculty are available for guidance and mentoring. Attendance at annual scientific meetings is encouraged and fully supported.

Numerous up to date textbooks as well as a subscription to STAT DX are available to the trainee in the reading room and faculty offices. These include the latest on imaging of the CNS and spine, head and neck radiology, temporal bones, NMR Spectroscopy, angiography and therapeutic interventions. Teaching files are available to the trainee in the faculty suites (film and PACS based). In addition, fellows are provided an educational fund to purchase additional didactic material as they see fit. Fellows are provided individual offices furnished with desktop computers.

Case and Procedure Volumes

  • Neuro CT: ~30000
  • Neuro MRI: ~10000
  • Neurointerventional procedures: ~1000

    Application and Interviews

    The fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Interested applicants must submit the Universal Fellowship Application and all supporting documents. The application must include three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the residency program director. The Universal Fellowship Application may be found on the APDR website under the trainees/fellowship information tab.

    Timeline

    Accepting applications beginning December 1, 2017 for the 2018-2019 fellowship positions.

    Eligibility

  • Completed an ACGME approved residency in Diagnostic Radiology prior to entering the fellowship and be American Board of Radiology eligible or certified.
  • Foreign medical graduates with requisite radiology training outside of the United States are also encouraged to apply.
  • Visa Status: J-1 visa sponsorship available.
  • Please email all of the following documents as a complete application to: aetorres@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 (passport size)
  • Letters of recommendation may be sent separately
  • Please address the letters of recommendation to:

    Karthikram Raghuram, MD
    c/o Andrea Torres
    Assistant Professor of Radiology
    Fellowship Program Director, Neuroradiology
    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, which will be conducted in early 2018


    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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