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Musculoskeletal Imaging

We have filled our three fellowship spots for the 2023-2024 year. We will be accepting applications starting August 1, 2022 for 3 spots in 2024-2025 through the NRMP fellowship match. 

The Department of Radiology of the University of Utah offers three funded fellowship positions in Musculoskeletal Imaging each year.

MSK faculty 2022
Our faculty (left to right): Hailey Allen, MD, Megan Mills, MD, Brian Chan, MD, Amanda Crawford, MD, Maryam Soltanolkotabi, MD, Patrick Kobes, DO.

Program Overview and Scope of Training

The one-year Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship offers training in all aspects of MSK imaging, including sports medicine, trauma, bone and soft tissue tumors, spine, and rheumatology. Fellow clinical time is split between the University of Utah Hospital and the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center, a standalone specialty hospital offering the full range of orthopedic services with the radiology reading room embedded in the orthopedic clinic.

Sports Imaging

We are the official sports medicine and orthopedic provider for the Utah Jazz NBA team, Salt Lake City Stars (NBA G-league), Real Salt Lake MLS team, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athlete training center, and the University of Utah athletic teams.

Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

The Huntsman Cancer Institute, located on the shared University of Utah campus, is an NCI-designated cancer hospital with a high-volume sarcoma service. In addition to interpreting imaging studies as part of the initial work-up and follow-up care of sarcoma patients, MSK fellows plan and perform bone and soft tissue biopsies and present at the weekly multi-disciplinary sarcoma treatment planning conference.  

Imaging Modalities

While the main emphasis of the fellowship is on MR imaging, expertise in radiography, CT and MSK ultrasound is also developed. Fellows also gain experience in therapeutic joint injections, arthrography, joint aspirations, and bone and soft tissue biopsies. Diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided interventions are incorporated into the fellowship training.

Academic Pursuits

Academic time is provided to facilitate preparation for multi-disciplinary conferences, resident conferences, and inter-departmental teaching conferences. Fellows are encouraged but not required to prepare and submit a project to a national meeting.   

Elective Time

Fellows are encouraged to pursue electives with other sections within the department. Time available is dependent on the availability of the accepting service. Rotations taken by former fellows include diagnostic neuroradiology, interventional spine, and breast radiology.

Appointment/Benefits

Fellows are appointed as Visiting Faculty/Clinical Instructors, and receive benefits including 15 days of vacation, 2 personal days, health/dental/vision insurance, and access to tax-advantaged retirement accounts and employer-sponsored disability insurance. The current PGY-6 salary can be found here

MSK fellows are welcome to pursue internal moonlighting opportunities in Acute Care Imaging outside normal work hours.

Why Utah?

 

The Musculoskeletal Imaging section is composed of a friendly, close-knit, energetic group of fellowship-trained faculty who are enthusiastic about clinical excellence and advancing the field of radiology through innovation in education and research.

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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for this program are selected based on their preparedness, ability, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities, such as motivation and integrity.

To be a fellow, an applicant must either be:

  •  A graduate of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) -OR-
  • A graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) -OR-
  • A graduate of a medical school outside of the United States who meets one or more of the qualifications listed under the application section below

In order to qualify for the fellowship, you must also qualify for a State of Utah Medical License, which requires 2 years of ACGME training in the United States. All selected candidates will be required to comply with the University of Utah Health Sciences Center drug testing policy and criminal background check.

Applying for the Fellowship

See the Society of Skeletal Radiology Fellowship Match details and use the Common Application Form. Along with your application form include a copy of your CV, three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your current program director), a one-page personal statement, a photograph of yourself, and USMLE scores for steps 1, 2 and 3. Send your completed application to our program coordinator, Taylor Gant.

In addition to the above, international medical graduates must also include the following:

  • Copy of green card, J-1 clinical visa or documentation of US citizenship
  • Valid ECFMG certificate with Clinical Skills Assessment certification