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  • Fellowships

    The University of Mississippi, Department of Radiology offers two fellowships for those interested in focused study of advanced cardiac imaging. There is a formal mentored clinical fellowship to prepare for the fellow for independent practice as a cardiac imager as well as a visiting fellowship for those interesting in observing the clinical service.

    Clinical fellowship

    In collaboration with adult and pediatric cardiology, we offer one two-year cardiac imaging clinical fellowship to train board-certified or board-eligible radiologists or cardiologists with a structured curriculum for cardiac CT and MR imaging.

    The fellowship will provide a mentored training program with daily readout sessions covering a broad exposure to cardiac pathology adults and children. The fellow is expected to work as integral part of a multidisciplinary team while learning the principles and techniques of advanced cardiac imaging with increasing levels of responsibility. UMMC has well-staffed weekly clinical pediatric congenital heart disease cardiology and surgery conferences, as well as adult cardiology conferences. These will be a core part of the structured learning program with additional didactic lectures for physics, instrumentation, safety, acquisition protocols, post-processing, indications, contraindications, coding and compliance.

    This fellowship opportunity is unique because it provides exposure to multiple cardiac imaging modalities in an interdisciplinary academic setting providing a solid foundation of knowledge. The fellowship follows the SCMR and SCCT curricula, respectively; ultimately leading to Level III certification.

    In addition to diagnostic imaging, the fellow will work with medical students and residents rotating through the cardiac imaging division. All fellows will participate in a research project in cardiac CT and/or MRI during their fellowship leading to grant applications, submission of abstracts at national and/or international meetings and submission of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. It is also expected that once a year, the fellow will present a formal lecture on cardiac imaging as well as participation in resident board review lectures.

    All applicants will be required to have successfully completed an ACGME-certified postdoctoral training program. Level II competency in at least one area of cardiovascular imaging is required; as such, any physician who is board-certified or board-eligible in cardiovascular medicine is eligible. Trainees without Level II competency in at least one area will be required to complete 2 years of subspecialty fellowship to insure adequate training. Licensure to practice medicine in the State of Mississippi, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training are also required. All applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of faculty involved in cardiovascular imaging and selected by faculty from the core program. Fellows will be selected based upon their academic credentials, past performances, and potential for academic careers.

    There is no ACGME accreditation for cardiovascular imaging, although ACC/AHA Clinical Competence Statements have been published for each area of training. These Statements form the core of the curriculum, insuring completion at standards for training that will likely be included in future accreditation requirements.

    Please contact the director of Cardiac Imaging for more information regarding the clinical fellowship.

    Visiting fellowship

    The visiting fellowship program is managed through the Department of Radiology. It is designed to provide a flexible and individualized learning experience. Although there is no direct patient contact, visiting fellows have the opportunity to participate in film interpretation, observe procedures and techniques as well as attend regularly scheduled case reviews and interdisciplinary conferences.

    Enrollment in the visiting fellowship program is limited, and application in advance of the desired fellowship period is required. Please review the process for the Observer/Shadower seeking a three-day or less experience. Longer visits will require additional steps. For more information, contact the Residency Program director Dr. Kristen Miller.