Neuroradiology offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program which includes training in cognitive and procedural diagnostic neuroradiology.
The goal of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program is to fulfill the three-fold mission of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center - education, patient care, and research. Clinical rotations are designed to enable the fellow to accumulate a broad base of knowledge, develop technical skills, and establish decision making and consultation skills. The overriding concern is patient care, both direct through imaging and special procedures and indirect as consultant. The program provides research opportunities ranging from the basic science laboratory to high tech imaging, as well as clinical observations and outcomes. The graduate of the fellowship program is well suited for an academic career in radiology, advancement of subspecialty knowledge and skills as an advanced clinical fellow or instructor, or entering the practice of neuroradiology in the community.
Fellows rotate through adult computed tomography (CT) imaging, adult magnetic resonance imaging, fluoroscopy, CT-directed spine procedures, and pediatric neuroradiology. Each assignment includes imaging of the brain, spine, and head and neck. The hub of the neuroradiology section is the Neuro Reading Room.
The fellow is responsible for participation in formal resident education. Topics for the noon conference are divided amongst the neuroradiology faculty and fellows. The fellow also assists in basic 7 a.m. first year resident introductory lectures. The fellow is also responsible for case presentations at clinical conferences.
NR = Neuroradiology
CONFERENCE FREQUENCY RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL OR SERVICE/DEPARTMENT Noon Conference 2 times/month (12 - 1 p.m.) Neuroradiology faculty, occasionally fellows and residents on rotation ENT Tumor Board Mondays 7-8 a.m. Dr. Aulino and Otolaryngology Department Brain Tumor Cconference Mondays, 8-9 a.m. NR, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy, Neurooncology Neuro-opthamology 1st Friday, 8-9 a.m. NR Fellows/attendings/Opthamology Dept. Pediatric Oncology Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. Pediatric Surgery/oncology and NR fellows/attendings Neurology Fridays, 7-9 a.m. (1st, 3rd, 4th) Neurology Department Neuro-vascular Conference Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. Interventional Neurology, Neurosurgey, Stroke Neurologists and Neuroradiology fellows/attendings
Night and weekend call is taken from home a full week at a time approximately every four weeks. An in-house night hawk reads most trauma exams in the evenings and the weekends On both Saturday and Sunday, all neuro cases available for interpretation are read out which usually takes the entire day. An attending neuroradiologist is present with the fellow for any procedures and reviews all dictated studies.
Tim Fitzgerald, MD
Luke Flood, MD
Ryan King, MD
Patrick Vande Lune, MD
There will be opportunities for research in all areas of neuroradiology, including clinical MR and CT interventional neuroradiology, and research MR (in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, that includes a whole body 7T magnet).