Abdominal Imaging Fellowship
Our one-year, non-ACGME accredited Abdominal Imaging Fellowship is designed to maximize our fellows’ educational experience by exposing them to a wide variety of advanced imaging studies and pathologies encountered in the tertiary care setting of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Fellows are well-prepared to become adept and successful in the academic and private practice settings. The abdominal imaging fellowship is composed of both inpatient and outpatient studies on MR, CT, and ultrasound, and elective rotations with an emphasis on advanced techniques such as MR elastography, MR prostate imaging, MR defecography, MR rectal cancer staging and post-treatment studies, MR and CT liver donor transplant evaluation, MR evaluations of pregnant patients and the fetus, CT colonography, and ultrasound evaluation of percutaneous AV fistula creation.
Our one-year fellowship currently accepts up to five positions per academic year. Each year is comprised of three or four dedicated abdominal imaging fellows, while up to two spots can be designated for candidates who choose to complete a combined abdominal and cardiothoracic fellowship. Candidates are asked to select their preference on our fellowship's application form.
There is no mandated research requirement for fellows, and we strongly support candidates with limited or no interest who would prefer to spend their fellowship year learning clinical skills in preparation for a career in private practice. There are numerous research projects available for all interested fellows, described further below.
Starting in September, fellows are scheduled for one day of ‘Career Development Time’ every week. This time is allotted for fellows to practice and participate in clinical, research, and skills training that may best match the individual fellow’s needs. Regardless of our applicants’ preferences, they will be very well-prepared for an academic or private practice position.
Learn more about the Division of Abdominal Imaging at CUIMC.
Clinical Experience and Curriculum
Our fellows interpret cases entirely within the Milstein Hospital building on the main NYP/CUIMC campus, though fellows read a combination of inpatient and outpatient studies from two offsite hospitals and multiple outpatient facilities. The fellowship typically consists of 3.5 months of MRI, 3.5 months of CT, three months of ultrasound, one month of elective, and one month of vacation with slight variation in total time depending on fellow preference.
Electives are flexible and tailored to match the interests of the fellow. Our past fellows have taken advantage of available electives in neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, interventional radiology, mammography, nuclear medicine, cardiac imaging, and thoracic imaging.
Fellows Lecture and Clinical Conferences
Our formal curriculum consists of dedicated didactic and case-based lectures given by our faculty members on Friday mornings throughout the year. Fellows are encouraged to present to our radiology residents at our division’s informal noon teaching sessions, which are designed to show the day’s most interesting and challenging cases. During the year, our fellows participate and take a prominent role in leading a wide range of interdisciplinary conferences, including liver tumor board, gyn-oncology tumor board, pancreas conference, and urology conference in preparation for their future careers. NYP/CUIMC is home to a collection of world experts in numerous medical and surgical subspecialties who greatly enhance our fellows’ training experience.
Fellows who are interested in teaching are encouraged to create didactic lectures of their topic(s) of choice to present to our radiology residents during the year at noon conference.
We encourage our fellows to actively engage in academic projects throughout the year with the goal of submitting an abstract at a national meeting and culminating in a publication. Our faculty members are active members of radiology societies and have several available research projects for those who are interested. All fellows are provided with an education fund to support their academic and career goals, as well as five CME days to attend a conference of their choice. Our fellowship program also strongly supports candidates and fellows with limited or no research interest who would prefer to spend additional time on clinical service.
As per the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD), we cannot accept applications or offer an opportunity to interview with our program until August 1, 2022. This date is subject to change depending on updates from SCARD. Please visit the SCARD website for the most up to date information on fellowship interview and offer timeline policies.
Applicants will be selected for interviews on a rolling basis, beginning on November 7, 2022. An interview is required before an offer for a fellowship position can be formally extended to a candidate. All interviews in will be held on Zoom as a matter of fairness for institutions that cannot host candidates and those who are not allowed to travel. Our fellowship program has signed a pledge agreeing to adhere to the SCARD guidelines for this fellowship season.
Lyndon Luk, MD
Division of Abdominal Imaging