Neuroradiology Fellowship

UNM Neuroradiology Fellowship is patient centered and trainee focused, with a mission to promote fellow clinical and scholastic professional development via holistic methods, with emphasis on interpretative, procedural and non-interpretative expertise in diagnostic neuroradiology.

Neuroradiology

Diagnostic neuroradiology service is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fellows, faculty, residents and medical students work collaboratively as a team, with a fellow/resident to faculty ratio of 1:1 to 1.5:1 and a daily volume of 110-150 CT and MR examinations.

Fellows participate daily in:

  • Exam protocolling and interpretation, with longitudinal exposure to adult, pediatric, brain, spine, head and neck, and vascular imaging examinations.
  • Protocolling, processing, and interpreting advanced imaging examinations, such as CT and MR perfusion imaging, MR spectroscopy, functional MR imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and tractography, vessel wall imaging, and quantitative phase contrast MR angiography.
  • Protocolling, performing and interpreting image-guided spinal and neuro-endovascular procedures.

Spinal punctures and myelograms are scheduled daily as part of the diagnostic neuroradiology service. Spinal biopsy, steroid injection, nerve block, and other procedures are scheduled one half day per week in collaboration with interventional radiology, and during several rotations with pain service providers.

  • Fellows participate in 1-2 hours per week of formal education, consisting of neuroradiology case conference, journal club, and/or live and recorded didactic lectures. American Society of Neuroradiology R4 and Fellow Curricula as well as the American Board of Radiology Neuroradiology Subspecialty Exam Study Guide are referenced to craft the structure and topics of fellow teaching.
  • Fellows attend approximately 20 additional case conferences, journal clubs, and didactic lectures delivered to radiology and non-radiology (e.g. ENT, Neurology) residents each year by neuroradiology faculty. Fellows are also encouraged to attend CT and MR physics didactic sessions delivered to radiology residents each year by physics and radiology faculty.
  • Fellow education also occurs via daily direct and indirect faculty read-outs, and via participation in weekly multidisciplinary conferences and tumor boards.
  • Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the education of residents and medical students with support from neuroradiology faculty, including requirements to provide at least 1 case conference and 1 didactic lecture to radiology residents.
  • Fellows also participate in quarterly MRI Safety Committee meetings as well as monthly Neuroradiology CT and MR Protocol meetings.
  • Fellows are assigned academic time one day each week, with an expectation to assist with clinical work upon completion of educational and scholastic activities.
  • Fellows receive $1500 of educational funds, 1-2 textbooks, and reimbursement for attendance of the ASNR or equivalent annual meeting.

Fellows are scheduled to participate in 2-3 multidisciplinary conferences and tumor boards each week with support from neuroradiology faculty, based on an alternating schedule for the following:

  • Head and Neck Tumor Board, weekly
  • Neuro-oncology Tumor Board, weekly
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Conference, weekly
  • Spine Conference, weekly
  • Neurovascular/Stroke Conference, weekly
  • Pediatric Tumor Board, twice monthly
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Neuroradiology Rounds, twice monthly
  • Neuroradiology Conference, twice monthly
  • Epilepsy Conference, monthly

Fellow participation reflects graduated responsibilities concordant with level of training, typically consisting of chart and imaging case review, discussion with neuroradiology faculty, and presentation of imaging during conferences and tumor boards.

Fellows are assigned to diagnostic neuroradiology service weekend call every 4-6 week, scheduled from 8 am to 430 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Fellows work collaboratively with a neuroradiology faculty and residents as a team, with a fellow/resident to faculty ratio of 2:1 to 3:1 and a daily volume of 50-100 CT and MR examinations, focused on emergency and inpatient CT and MR examinations.
  • Fellows are not assigned to call or clinical service on UNM Holidays.
  • Fellows are not assigned to overnight call for diagnostic neuroradiology service.
  • Fellows may be assigned 2-4 weeks of overnight pager call for neuro-endovascular procedural services with support from neurointerventional faculty.
  • Fellows may pursue external moonlighting with prior approval from the program director and as allowed per ACGME and New Mexico Medical Board requirements.
  • University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, 4 days per week
  • Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, NM, 1 day per week