Breast Imaging Fellowship
Vanderbilt offers a one-year, clinically-based fellowship for sub-specialized training in breast imaging. Clinical training is a priority, with ample opportunity to develop screening and diagnostic skills in a fast-paced environment that also focuses on quality of patient care. The fellowship training incorporates all aspects of breast imaging, including:
- Screening and diagnostic mammography
- Breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided procedures
- Breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsies
- Stereotactic-guided interventions
- SAVI localizations
Vanderbilt has a designated multidisciplinary breast center that serves a large population throughout middle Tennessee. We perform more than 31,000 screening and diagnostic mammograms annually and have a dedicated breast MRI magnet on site. The breast radiologists work in collaboration with the breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, medical and surgical oncologists and pathologists to provide comprehensive patient care. This collaborative and collegial environment gives fellows a broad-based education with exposure to all facets of breast health management. Daily responsibilities include rotations in diagnostic and screening mammography, breast MRI and image-guided procedures.
In addition to the core responsibilities, the fellowship incorporates a multidisciplinary curriculum with short rotations in breast surgery, oncology, genetics, plastics and pathology. A month of elective time is also available and can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. In the past, fellows have used this time for dedicated research projects or short rotations in other sections within the department. This time can be taken in blocks or distributed throughout the year. A small amount of time is spent in ultrasound to maintain proficiency for on-call responsibilities.
We are participating in the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) Fellowship Match Program through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). To apply, potential fellows must register with the Radiology Match (Breast imaging). We will follow the timeline posted on the SBI website.
Breast Imaging has implemented an All-In policy for the Match. This means that programs participating in the Match cannot extend any offers to candidates outside of the Match. Applicants can withdraw from the Match prior to the ranking deadline if they accept a position outside of the Match.
Due to COVID-19, and in accordance with departmental policy, we will be conducting virtual interviews for all fellowship positions this year.
For 2021-2022 Fellowship Positions:
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
Interviews: Interviews begin after Dec. 1, 2020
Acceptance: Positions offered through the Match
Please submit the following documents:
- SBI Universal Application
- Personal Statement
- USMLE Transcript
- Medical School Transcript
- Three letters of recommendation
Mail applications to:
Vanderbilt Breast Center
Breast Imaging Fellowship Program
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 25121
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 322-1585
Fax: (615) 343-0746
Applications will not be considered until all documents are received.
Fellowship trainees are appointed faculty as an Instructor of Radiology with benefits as delineated in the faculty handbook.
As a non-accredited (ACGME) fellowship, there is an opportunity to develop increasing responsibilities and independence. In-house moonlighting is an option, though not required, and can be advantageous to maintain skills in other subspecialty areas.
Our fellows are actively involved in multiple educational conferences throughout the year. These include a weekly multidisciplinary tumor board conference and a monthly didactic session with the breast imaging faculty. Fellows also participate in quarterly Journal Club and MMI conferences. In addition, the fellows are encouraged to give at least one lecture on breast imaging for the radiology residents.
Our trainees participate in the Ultrasound Call pool which involves weekend coverage of the ER and inpatient ultrasounds approximately six to seven times during the year and on one holiday.
Cara Connolly, MD
Breast Imaging Fellow
Courtney Raybon, MD
Breast Imaging Fellow
In addition to clinical responsibilities, fellows are encouraged to pursue research interests during their training. We are fortunate to have a strong collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Sciences. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for clinical investigation and quality improvement projects. Fellows also contribute to resident and medical student education by participating with section faculty in noon conference lectures and daily teaching during the routine clinical work flow.