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Overview

The Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a one year program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Fellowship was originally accredited by the ACGME on March 13, 1991. Each year the program offers five Fellowship positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
 
With rotations through three major hospitals, the program offers a unique opportunity to study a wide diversity of pathology and to train in all modalities of Neuroradiology with state of the art equipment and highly experienced faculty.

Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) is a non-profit adult and pediatric hospital with more than 1,500 beds, including a Level I Trauma center. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is a private institution at the University of Miami, ranked number one in Ophthalmology in the United States 11 years in a row in the annual Best Hospital survey. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/ University of Miami Hospitals & Clinics (SCCC/ UMHC) is a private hospital with several satellites throughout South Florida.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 5
Duration: One year, with an option for a second year.
Postgraduate Training Required: Candidates for fellowship must have satisfactorily completed a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) RCPSC. In addition, all required clinical education for entry into the neuroradiology fellowship program must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, or in an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada.
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/ University of Miami Hospitals & Clinics (SCCC/ UMHC)
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh 
  • Baptist Health System
  • Mount Saini Hospital
  • Florida Hospital
  • Memorial Group, Hollywood
  • Sheridan group
  • Stoney Brook University
  • Rays Teleradiology Group
  • vRad Teleradiology Group

Requirements
Candidates for program consideration:

  • Must have satisfactorily completed a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).  Appointment will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of the prerequisite training requirement and verification of each entering fellow’s level of competency in the required field using ACGME or CanMEDS Milestones assessments from the core residency program, as documented in writing by the director of the prerequisite program.
  • Must have documentation of successful completion of USMLE Step III.  Canadian physicians and Doctors of Osteopathy who are eligible for licensure may substitute documentation of successful completion of LMCC/MCCQE and COMLEX examinations, respectively, in lieu of USMLE examinations.
  • Must possess a current or be eligible to receive a Florida medical license.
  • International Medical Graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in an U.S. licensing jurisdiction. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school are also eligible.
  • Foreign citizens who are Permanent Immigrants (green card holders), work permit holders or who are graduates of a US medical school are eligible for appointment on the same basis as US citizen graduates of US medical schools. Programs are not obligated, but may agree, to sponsor a successful applicant for a J-type (Exchange Visitor) or an H1B (employment) visa.
  • Must submit a completed application and supporting documents. Click here for the program application and supporting documentation.

Application Deadline 
January 15

Applications
All candidates must submit a completed application and required supporting documents. Click here for the program application and supporting documentation.

All applicants must go through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Interviews
All potential appointees are required to have an interview. Applicants invited to interview will be provided with a written description of terms, conditions, and benefits of program appointment. Interviews are scheduled September – February.

Appointment Requirements
Successful applicants must be BLS and ACLS certified and must satisfactorily complete a reference check, background check, employee physical, alcohol/drug testing and any other pre-employment criteria as may be required by the Jackson Health System.

Fellows are integrated into the consultative and procedural aspects of Neuroradiology. Fellows participate in daily interpretation of Diagnostic MRI studies, CT scans and plain radiolographs. This includes advanced imaging such as MR/CT perfusion (MRP/CTP), MR spectroscopy (MRS) and functional MRI (fMRI). All reads are done under direct faculty supervision.

The fellows are also involved in interventional procedures including lumbar puncture, myelograms, facet joint injections and diagnostic cerebral angiograms  

The fellows rotate on a weekly basis among five rotations. Fellows are on call every fifth week, on average. The typical rotation split is as follows:

  • General Adult Neuroradiology, including Pediatric Neuroradiology (JMH): 12 weeks
  • Head and Neck Radiology (UMMR): 10 weeks
  • Spine Radiology (UMMR): 10 weeks
  • Neuro Angio Intervention & Spine Intervention (JMH & UMHC): Five weeks
  • Call: 10-11 weeks; 10 post call days for academic time (refer to “Neuroradiology: Fellows’ & Residents’ Responsibilities” handout)
  • Vacation: Four weeks

Optional 2nd Year Neuroradiology Fellowship
The Neuroradiology program offers a second year curriculum to those applicants who wish to expand on their current knowledge of neuroradiology and/or improve on deficiencies/ areas of interest. This second year fellowship offers concentrations in, but not limited to, advanced imaging techniques, fMRI, research, interventional procedures, head and neck tumor imaging and stroke imaging. This second year is not ACGME accredited. 

Board Exam Requirements
No

Educational & Other Experience
In addition to the daily interpretation of cases, the teaching/learning experience is enhanced by a large number of conferences.

Didactic teaching conferences: Fellows participate in our twice a week didactic neuro conference in which they present and interpret interesting cases. The section also provides five weeks of dedicated lectures by faculty.

Interdisciplinary conferences: Fellows are asked to prepare and present pre-assigned cases in multiple interdisciplinary conferences:

  • Multi-specialists of the base of the skull conference: weekly conference discussing pathology of the skull base. Participants include radiologists, neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, and radiation oncologists.
  • Head and neck tumor board consists of weekly conferences discussing head and neck tumor cases. Participants include radiologists, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, and radiation oncologists.
  • Neuro oncology: biweekly conference discussing brain oncology cases.  Participants include radiologists, neurosurgeons, pathologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists.
  • Spine tumor board. Once a month conference discussing spine oncology cases. Participants include radiologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, and radiation oncologists.
  • Clinical pathology conference. Once a month conference discussing a neurology case with interesting clinical and pathological findings. Participants include radiologists, neurologists, and pathologists.

In addition there are multiple non-mandatory conferences available for interested fellows including otolaryngology-head and neck surgery grand rounds, epilepsy management conference, neurology-neuroradiology teaching rounds.

Research
Research activity during fellowship year is geared mainly to clinical research.  As part of the ACGME requirements, each fellow is expected to participate with in at least one clinical research endeavor during their fellowship year. Fellows are encouraged to submit these studies for presentation at a national meeting in diagnostic radiology or Neuroradiology. 

Call
Fellows are on call an average of one week, every five weeks. Call starts on Friday 10 a.m. and ends Friday 7 a.m.  The on call schedule is as follows:

  • Call starts Friday at 10 a.m. Fellow stays in house until last scan is complete in the outpatient center. Fellow is than on call from home for the rest of the day.
  • Saturday and Sunday: fellow reads out cases with faculty, in house. After read out session is over, fellow is than on call from home for the rest of the day.
  • Monday through Thursday: fellow comes to work at 3 p.m. and reads out with faculty and stays in house until last scan is complete in the outpatient center. Fellow is than on call from home for the rest of the day.

Fellow gets the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, with Friday considered an academic day.

Tometra Meadows
Program Coordinator
Phone: 305-585-8178
Fax: 305-585-5743

Charif Sidani, M.D.
Program Director

Guarav Saigal, M.D.
Associate Director

Program Faculty:
Rita G. Bhatia, M.D.
Judith M. Donovan Post, M.D.
Natalya Nagornaya, M.D.
Robert Quencer, M.D. (Chairman)
Guarav Saigal (Section Chief – Neuroradiology & Pediatric Radiology)
Efrat Saraf-Lavi, M.D.
Evelyn Sklar, M.D.
Charif Sidani, M.D.

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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