Education and Training
Our residency programs in diagnostic and interventional radiology offer broad and rigorous training in all aspects of diagnostic and interventional radiology. With a dedicated faculty of over 50 fellowship-trained radiologists, the Brown program provides residents with a challenging, rich, and collaborative educational environment. Our residents perform at the highest level on their American Board of Radiology exams and are extremely competitive for their choice of fellowship and practice opportunities
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This accredited fellowship provides a comprehensive experience in both invasive and non-invasive vascular diagnosis and intervention. In addition, it offers a complete experience in non-vascular intervention, including procedures directed by ultrasound and computed tomography. Experience at the Rhode Island Vascular Institute as well as neuroangiographic experience are other integral components of this fellowship.
Procedures are performed in three angiographic suites, all with state-of-the-art digital imaging capabilities. A total of 5,400 procedures are performed annually on over 3,000 patients, including over 300 vascular interventions. Fellows typically perform approximately 1,250 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures per year.
While the focus of the fellowship is on the acquisition of clinical skills, participation in ongoing clinical and basic science research is an integral part of the fellowship experience. At any given time, numerous institutional review board-approved clinical trials are in progress. To that end, a fully-equipped angiography suite and operating rooms are available for fellows research, when required.
Accommodations and Benefits
How to Apply
Rhode Island Hospital provides all fellows with professional liability insurance and limited physician registration in the state. The fellowship includes four weeks of paid vacation during the year. Although the hospital does not provide housing for residents or fellows, the Department of Medical Education has been successful in assisting house officers to find suitable accommodations in the community. Rhode Island Hospital house staff have teaching appointments at Brown University, which provides access to the university's educational and athletic facilities.
Applications for fellowship positions are accepted through ERAS.
Interviews are granted after review of a personal statement, CV, USMLE transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation, one of which is written by the program director. Decisions regarding selection for interview and rank order are made without regard to the applicant’s race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender expression, and sexual orientation), age, or national origin.
Fellowship Program Coordinator
This one-year fellowship consists of sub-specialized training in Body MRI, CT, US, as well as image-guided procedures, in a high-volume, modern academic radiology department.
The body CT division is led by Dr. David J. Grand, an authority on body imaging and intervention. The department performs over 110,000 CT exams per year using state-of-the-art equipment including multiple 64-detector row CT scanners using low dose protocols, as well as a dedicated, wide-bore interventional CT scanner. The fellowship includes extensive exposure to CT guided procedures including all biopsies and drainages.
The abdominal MRI section is led by Dr. David J. Grand, who specializes in liver and small bowel MRI. In addition to his expertise with body CT, Dr. Grand is also an accomplished researcher, national speaker and author of a textbook on abdominal/pelvic MRI. Body MRI is read from 11 high-field magnets including three 3T units and one of the nation’s only dedicated ER MRI units. Body imaging fellows learn the intricacies of protocoling, performing, and interpreting body MRIs, as well as the means to tailor exams toward clinical problem solving.
The ultrasound division is led Dr. Michael Beland, MD a nationally-recognized authority in body ultrasound, and Dr. John Cronan, the department chair and an internationally-recognized authority on diagnostic and interventional ultrasound. Six state-of-the-art ultrasound units allow for a high-volume diagnostic service, as well as a daily, vast array of ultrasound-guided procedures. There are typically several institutional and national multicenter research projects ongoing within our department addressing topics such as microbubble contrast, elastography, and volumetric imaging.
Body imaging fellows receive extensive exposure to CT colonography led by Dr. Jason Pietryga. Exams are performed at three sites but interpreted centrally to maximize experience. All fellows will easily meet accreditation criteria to allow independent interpretation of CT colonography upon completion of fellowship.
Adib R. Karam, MD
How to Apply:
We are currently accepting applications for AY 2021-2022 through November 15, 2019. Interested applicants are encouraged to complete this form and also send a personal statement, CV, USMLE and COMLEX transcripts, current photo, three letters of recommendation, one being written by the program director, to:
Fellowship Program Coordinator
This one-year fellowship will provide comprehensive training in all aspects of breast imaging, including screening and diagnostic mammography with digital breast tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, MRI (1.5T and 3T), and interventional breast procedures including stereotactic (prone and upright), ultrasound-guided, and MRI-guided breast biopsy.
Educational time will be divided equally between Rhode Island Hospital and Women and Infants Hospital, the major teaching affiliates of Brown University's Alpert Medical School. High volume imaging in state-of-the-art departments will ensure in-depth experience in all aspects of breast imaging. The Anne C. Pappas Breast Center of Rhode Island Hospital performs and interprets over 30,000 breast imaging examinations annually. Women and Infants Hospital, a dedicated women’s hospital on the same academic campus, performs over 19,000 breast imaging examinations annually.
Fellows will have the opportunity to actively participate in multi-disciplinary breast tumor boards, journal clubs and radiology-pathology conferences. Many opportunities also exist for research participation. Four weeks of elective time are provided, which can be used for experience in other areas of radiology, other clinical specialties (such as surgery or oncology), or research.
All fellows are granted an academic appointment at Brown University, which provides access to the university's diverse resources.
Program Director: Martha B. Mainiero, MD
Co-Director: Mary M. Hillstrom, MD
The program participates in the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/ National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match. You must register with the Radiology Match, of which Breast Imaging is a part.
Application acceptance dates: October 1-December 15, 2019
Interviews to be conducted: After January 1, 2020
To apply for a Fellowship position, please send your completed application, personal statement, CV, current photo, USMLE transcripts and three letters of reference, one of which must be from your Program Director, to:
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Body Imaging Fellowship
Breast Imaging Fellowship
Don C. Yoo, MD and Sun H. Ahn, MD
Students will rotate through the various sections of the Rhode Island Hospital, Woman and Infant’s Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Radiology Department (Chest, Cross-Sectional imaging, Ultrasound, Neuroradiology, Emergency, Interventional, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatrics, Musculoskeletal, Mammography and Women’s Imaging.
Richard B. Noto, MD
Students will learn appropriate and cost effective imaging algorithms for common diagnostic situations, with an emphasis on the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria. Students will better appreciate how the correct clinical history can help optimize protocols and help radiologists give the best interpretations on imaging studies.
Sub-internship in Interventional Radiology
Sun Ho Ahn, MD, FSIR
The sub‐internship in Interventional Radiology is to provide an immersive educational experience to those who have a special interest or career plans in the field of IR. Students will be expected to function as an IR intern as part of the IR service. Students will actively participate in patient consults, peri‐procedural patient care, and procedures.
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Gregory J Dubel, MD
The 2-week elective in Interventional Radiology (IR) is designed for the student interested in exploring the field of IR. It provides broad exposure to the full gamut of IR, including peripheral vascular, interventional oncology, body intervention/ablation, and neuro-intervention. The experience includes exposure to patient work-up, procedural techniques, IR imaging, and patient follow-up. The goal of the elective is to provide an overview of the many facets of IR. It is ideally suited to student interested in learning more about IR or those going into a specialty that frequently uses IR services. Students interested in a more immersive and in-depth experience in IR or a residency in IR should consider the Sub-Internship in IR (RAD 6310).
Body Imaging and Intervention
David J. Grand, MD
This two-week elective is an introduction to body imaging and intervention using computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Students will be exposed to all aspects of cross-sectional imaging of the abdomen and pelvis, as well as both diagnostic and therapeutic CT- and US-guided procedures including biopsies, drainages, and ablations.
Jeffrey M. Rogg, MD
This course serves as an introduction to diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. Students are immersed in the busy diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology practice at Rhode Island Hospital. Medical students work closely with the diagnostic imaging residents and neuroradiology attendings in the interpretation of CT, MRI, and angiographic studies of the brain, spine, skull base and neck. Students will also attend weekly neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neurology clinical conferences with the neuroradiology attending. During the course of this elective students will become familiar with cross-sectional and vascular neuroanatomy as well as with adult and pediatric neuropathology. Students will gain an understanding of the relative strengths of various neuroimaging techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of CNS disease.
Thaddeus W. Herliczek, M.D., M.S.
Develop an appreciation of and gain exposure to pediatric diagnostic imaging through observation and participation in our daily activities. Begin to learn typical imaging algorithms for various pediatric conditions. Complete required online learning modules and perform one presentation at the end of the rotation. Additionally, the student must attend the elective at least 90% of the time in order to receive credit.
Introduction to Women's Diagnostic Imaging
Elizabeth Lazarus, MD and Julie H. Song, MD
This two week course offers exposure to diagnostic imaging performed at Women & Infants Hospital. The focus of the course is on imaging of obstetric and gynecologic conditions including, but not limited to, normal and abnormal pregnancy, pelvic pain, infertility, and gynecologic malignancy. The medical student will observe performance and interpretation of ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT and MR imaging performed on both inpatients and outpatients. The course will culminate with a short informative presentation.
3rd and 4th year Alpert Medical students and visiting 4th year students from a US medical school are eligible to take these radiology electives.
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Residency Program Coordinator
Jill Raczelowski: JEastman3@lifespan.org
John Cronan, MD
Chair, Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903