Neuroradiology Fellowship FAQs

1) How often does a first-year fellow take call?

 

Since we have 8 ACGME accredited first-year fellows, each fellow takes a call approximately 1 every 8 nights on a day-to-day basis (not weekly). The second year fellow(s) take substantially fewer calls than the first year fellows.

 

2) What types of work does a fellow perform during weekday and weekend calls?

 

On-call in-house radiology residents perform interpretation of all neuro CT examinations and some MR. The oncall neuroradiology fellow takes call from home and is contacted if the on-call radiology resident has questions or the case is too complex to interpret. Fellows can review images at home via a web version of our PACS or via a remote desktop connection. Rarely there are emergent cereberal angiogram cases which are peformed by the fellow and oncall attending.  Weekend call is based at Harborview Medical Center and consists of helping to read out the inpatient MRI and CT scans and taking care of any procedures. There are two neuroradiology attending in the reading room on weekends who dictate the majority of the emergency room and inpatient neuroradiology cases.

 

3) Does a neuroradiology fellow have an academic time?

 

The first-year neuroradiology fellow receives approximately 20% of academic time (52 days on last year's schedule), roughly one academic day per a week during which time they have no clinical responsibilities.


4) What kinds of research opportunities are available?


There is a wide range of research going on in the department which is one of the top ten in the country when ranked by research funding. For example, fellows this year are involved in projects involving dual energy brain CT and CTA optimization, vetebroplasty outcomes, diffusion tensor imaging of trigeminal nerve disease, animal models of MRI monitored peripheral nerve injury, and brain tumor MR spectroscopy. 

The department has a number research groups, labs, and research scanner, many involved with brain imaging.

 http://www.rad.washington.edu/research


5) Is there any academic fund for neuroradiology fellows?

 

There is $2000 academic fund for first-year fellows. This will allow you to purchase books, software, attending meetings, etc. In addition, the fellow's internet service provider fee is paid for by the department.

 

6) Are neuroradiology fellows allowed to attend scientific conferences, such as RSNA, ASNR, or ASHNR?

 

Yes. We encourage our fellows to submit abstract for these conferences by working on their research projects. Fellows who have an abstract to present will usually receive a stipend for the department to pay for their travel, hotel, and registration expenses. Typically at least 3 or 4 fellows will attend the anual ASNR meeting.

 

 

7) I am interested in pursuing a second year neuroradiology fellowship at University of Washington. Is this available?


Our default fellowhip in the match is for a 1-year fellowship, but usually 1 or 2 fellows will elect to stay for a second year. This is usually determined approximately midway through the first year. The second year is variable but in most cases the fellow will function as an attending and have 30 to 50% time for research. Sometimes we also have a dedicated neurointerventional (angio) fellowship position available but this is variable depending on  sources of funding, etc.

 

Any other questions, please contact the director of Neuroradiology Fellowship Program, Dean Shibata at shibatad@uw.edu
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