Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship

Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship

This non ACGME accredited fellowship offers a faculty appointment for an intensive one-year subspecialty training program in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging and Intervention. The fellowship will prepare trainees for leadership positions in sub-specialized practices and clinically-focused academic departments. 

Daily clinical work includes not only interpretation of diagnostic studies, but also a high volume of image guided intervention. Trainees become skilled at common and uncommon joint injections, image-guided biopsies, thermal ablations and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

In addition to the core responsibilities, the fellowship allows up to four weeks of elective time, 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.

  • The Vanderbilt Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship is participating in the newly-established MSK Fellowship match. More information can be found here.

    Due to COVID-19, and in accordance with departmental policy, we will be conducting virtual interviews for all fellowship positions this year. Applicants must be eligible and in possession of a valid Tennessee state medical licensure prior to the start of fellowship. 

    For 2024-2025 Fellowship Positions:
    Applications Open: Aug. 1, 2022
    Interviews: Interviews begin after Nov. 1, 2022

    Only completed application will be considered for interviews. Required application documents MUST include the following:

    1. MSK Fellowship Application with a passport-sized photo
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Personal Statement
    4. Letter of Recommendation from Program Director or Dean
    5. Minimum of 2-3 additional Letters of Recommendation addressed to Nicholson Chadwick, MD
    6. Official Medical School Transcripts
    7. USMLE Transcript with Scores (Steps I, II, III)
    8. Valid ECFMG Certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the U.S. or Canada)

    Mail applications to:

    Nicholson Chadwick, MD
    c/o: Jodi Solem
    Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship Program Coordinator
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
    1161 21st Ave. South
    Medical Center North
    Suite CCC-1118
    Nashville, TN 37232-2675

    Alternatively, Email Applications to:   Jodi Solem

  • Fellowship trainees have a primary appointment with GME and a secondary appointment as a Clinical Instructor within the Department of Radiology.

    As a non-accredited (ACGME) fellowship, there is an opportunity to develop increasing responsibilities and independence. In addition, there is a generous benefit package with a book/meeting allowance and a 403b retirement plan.

    In-house moonlighting is an option, though not required, and can be advantageous to maintain skills in other subspecialty areas.  

  • Our section enjoys a strong and collegial working relationship with Vanderbilt and community orthopedic surgeons and non-operating clinicians. Faculty and fellows participate actively in multidisciplinary conferences including weekly Sarcoma Board and monthly arthroscopy correlation Sports Medicine conference and Journal Club. Time permitting, each week concludes with our “Show and Tell” teaching conference highlighting the week's best cases. Fellows are invited by our colleagues in Orthopedics to participate in their departmental conferences.

  • Our trainees participate in the General Call pool which involves weekend coverage of the ER, in house, and outpatient clinic radiographs 6-7 times during the year and on one holiday. MSK cross-sectional studies are also interpreted, commensurate with Fellow experience and study acuity.  In addition, when an MSK faculty person isn't on call, fellows provide "back-up" call for emergent MSK related procedures and protocols.

  • The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science provides ample opportunity for research collaboration with imaging scientists. There is also ample opportunity for clinical investigation, workflow, IT and quality improvement projects. Fellows are expected to participate in investigational pursuits and complete one publishable paper or project during their tenure. They also participate with section faculty in the ongoing education of medical students and diagnostic radiology residents. Our fellows are frequently touted by Vanderbilt residents as the most exceptional Fellow-teachers in the department, both for their teaching at the view box and their Noon Conference lectures.

  • Multispecialty Electives

    Our optional elective program is fully integrated with the other subspecialties within the department of radiology. Our fellows can spend up to four weeks rotating in the following sections:

    • General Outpatient Imaging (including fluoroscopic procedures if desired) 
    • Breast Imaging
    • Neuroradiology 
    • Abdominal Imaging 
    • Pediatric Radiology 
    • Nuclear Medicine  
    • Cardiothoracic Imaging

    The rotations are scheduled in one-week blocks which are distributed throughout the year. They are flexible and designed to meet the needs of the fellows to maintain skills in general radiology in preparation for private practice.


    Optional in-house moonlighting opportunities alongside Vanderbilt Radiology Nighthawk faculty and on-call residents in the ED in 5 to 10 p.m. swing shifts.


    Michael Glass, MD

    Michael Glass, MD
    Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellow

    Mina Tadros, MD

    Mina Tadros, MD
    Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellow

Musculoskeletal Fellowship Program Director & Faculty

Nicholson Chadwick, MD

Nicholson Chadwick, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Musculoskeletal Fellowship Program Director


Jake Block, MD
Gregory Hall, MD
Joanna Shechtel, MD
David Taber, MD