Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

This is a one-year, clinically-based fellowship that provides a broad exposure to abdominal imaging in the setting of a tertiary care hospital with a level 1 trauma center, one of the nation's top solid organ transplant centers, as well as a comprehensive cancer center. Emphasis is placed on training in abdominal/pelvic MRI and CT/US-guided procedures, including drainages, biopsies and tumor ablation, in addition to CT, ultrasound and fluoroscopy. Fellows will also participate in multidisciplinary conferences, as well as radiology resident and medical student teaching. 

Elective time of one month is offered, with previous fellows having pursued training in chest, second- and third-trimester OB ultrasound, CTA/MRA, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, mammography, PET/CT, etc. 

Four positions are offered each year.

  • Thank you for your interest in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Abdominal Imaging Fellowship. We will adhere to the SCARD guidelines for this recruitment season.

    The start date for accepting applications will be Aug. 1, 2021, and the start date for interviews will be Nov. 1, 2021. All fellowship interviews will be virtual. Please reach out to the fellowship team if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application. 

    Please send all documents (including application, CV, personal statement, transcripts, USMLE Board Scores, three recommendation letters) to:

    Paula McClain
    Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program
    Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    1161 21st Ave. South
    Medical Center North
    Suite CCC-1121
    Nashville, TN 37232-2675
    Phone: (615) 322-3190
    Fax: (615) 322-3764

  • This is not an ACGME-accredited fellowship, which allows us to offer a higher salary than that of a PGY-VI trainee. There are 22 vacation days and 22 days for CME. In addition, there is a generous benefit package with book/meeting allowance and 403b retirement plan. 

    In-house evening moonlighting opportunities are also available alongside our Emergency Radiology Section Faculty and on-call residents in the ED.

    The Office of Graduate Medical Education keeps a current posting of house officers’ salaries and benefits. Their webpage also has other resources for house officers.

  • There are several multidisciplinary conferences weekly or every other week that are staffed by Body Imaging section faculty and fellows, including Hepatobiliary/Liver Transplant, Solid Tumor Board, Pancreas, Colorectal and Urology.

    A fellow didactic lecture series is also given over the course of the year by abdominal imaging section faculty.

    Additional Departmental conference series includes Grand Rounds, Annual Diversity Grand Rounds, Women in Radiology Lectureship Series and VUIIS Lecture Series.

  • On average, abdominal imaging fellows take call every sixth weekend.


    Mark Hotchkiss, MD

    Mark Hotchkiss, MD
    Abdominal Imaging Fellow

    Charles Munderloh, MD

    Charles Munderloh, MD
    Abdominal Imaging Fellow

    Joanna Ohlendorf, MD

    Joanna Ohlendorf, MD
    Abdominal Imaging Fellow

  • Opportunities for clinical or basic science research are available to abdominal imaging fellows through the Department of Radiological Sciences. Participation in basic research can be accomplished in collaboration with faculty from the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Sciences.