Pediatric Radiology Fellowship
Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program provides an ideal blend of academic rigor and private practice volume in order to ensure an outstanding training for our residents and fellows, who wish to pursue careers in both, academic or private practice. The fellowship program is a one-year program fully accredited by ACGME offering three Fellowship positions yearly.
The Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program, directed by Esperanza Pacheco-Jacome, MD offers subspecialty expertise provided by eleven enthusiastic Pediatric Radiologists from a wide spectrum of training. Some radiologists are double fellowship certified in neuroradiology, interventional radiology, chest imaging and MRI. All imaging modalities and subspecialties are offered including:
- Ultrasound, radiographs, nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy
- Interventional radiology
- Cardio- thoracic imaging
- Fetal MRI
In 2014, the department performed approximately 175,000 studies using state of the art equipment such as:
- Four 1.5 T and one 3 T MR machines
- One Dual energy Siemens FLASH CT scanner and one 16 Slice CT-PET scanner
- Eleven ultrasound machines (and a dedicated vascular technologist)
- Two state of the art Fluoroscopy suites
- One densitometry scanner
- One triple head SPECT camera and two planar gamma cameras
- Nine DR and two CR radiology rooms in the main campus
The Fellowship program is designed around twelve monthly rotations including two elective months and one month of vacation. The rotations are:
- Neuroradiology with advanced imaging in PET/CT and functional MRI
- Body CT and MRI
- Musculo-skeletal: This rotation includes interpreting radiographs, CT and MRI’s as well as performing MR arthrograms
- Fluoroscopy-Nuclear Medicine including PET
- ICU (PICU/NICU/CICU)-Radiography that includes ER
Strengths of the program include a very busy neuroradiology service, epilepsy clinic, excellent and busy genetics service, sports imaging and birth mark program with a multidisciplinary team that meets bi-monthly. The department also has a dedicated vascular technologist. Cardiac MRI is offered as elective however Cardiac CT and plains radiographs are part of the rotations. In house moonlighting is available.
Educational activities include daily conferences with many different clinical services that include general surgery, neurosurgery, urology and nephrology, gastroenterology. A weekly “one hour dedicated" radiology conference (Radiology Grand Rounds) is held every Wednesday. Bi-monthly lectures are given by the radiologists as well as monthly journal club and daily ICU rounds. Protected academic time is required with warranted participation in at least one project and protected time off to present the project in a medical meeting.
How To Apply
Required Qualifications: Applicants must have completed an ACGME-Accredited Radiology residency training.
Application Form: For Fellowships that are not participating in the NRMP (ERAS), applications should be submitted along with the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (must include months and years)
- Personal Statement
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (one written by the Director of your Residency Program or Chair of your Department)
- And other items as indicated in the application.
Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)
In accordance with the ACGME requirements, each training program is expected to form a Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). The program director appoints the CCC. The CCC must have at least three program core faculty (excluding the program director) who have the opportunity to observe and evaluate the residents. The CCC meets at least semi-annually to review and discuss each individual residents’ performance data and make a consensus decision on the progress of each resident by applying assessment data to the milestones. The CCC serves as an early warning system/early identification if a resident fails to progress in the educational program and make recommendations to the program director for resident progress including promotion, remediation, and dismissal. The program director meets with each resident semi-annually to review the CCC report and design an individualized learning plan for the resident. To learn more about the CCC, click here.
Below are the faculty members who serve on the CCC committee (in addition to the Program Director) for the Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program:
- Rachel Pevsner, DO
- Marty McGraw, MD
- Cynthia Christoph, MD