Nuclear Radiology Fellowship Program

The Division of Nuclear Radiology offers a one year ACGME accredited fellowship training program in Nuclear Radiology.

The 12-month Nuclear Radiology Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview provides additional training to diagnostic radiology residents. Nuclear radiology evaluates and treats a wide spectrum of disease processes throughout the body using selective radionuclides/radiopharmaceuticals. The Nuclear Radiology Fellowship Program teaches the use of diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides/ radiopharmaceuticals to detect and treat disease. Additional goals of the program include fostering appropriate and effective consultation with clinical colleagues, as well as to provide research and teaching opportunities. This fellowship seeks to prepare the fellow for subspecialty practice in nuclear radiology as well as preparation for examinations leading to certificate of added qualification in Nuclear Radiology by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

Although the fellow spends most of their time in the Nuclear Medicine and Body Imaging reading rooms some of the core competencies are obtained in the patient procedure room, nuclear pharmacy, floor and nuclear medicine examination rooms. The fellowship is organized by three-month blocks and is designed to educate (in keeping with the ACGME competencies guidelines) the fellow in the four main areas of nuclear radiology – general nuclear medicine, nuclear endocrinology imaging and therapy, positron emission tomography and nuclear cardiology. Unsealed source therapy is taught throughout the fellowship because of the infrequent nature of these procedures. Through elective time the fellowship provides for additional training in clinical research and clinical trials. The fellow will rotate through our Clinical Center for Imaging Research (CCIR) which has a PET/CT Biograph mCT-64HDTV scanner and a 4-headed SPECT Head scanner. CCIR is attached to a Cyclotron so that short lived isotopes can be used. N13H3 and FDG are used for cardiac imaging. The fellow with be fully trained in how to acquire and process list-mode dynamic data to understand tissue extraction and perfusion. Specialty protocols for FDG Cancer patients (i.e., bladder protocol), FLT, and NaF are utilized for clinical and research purposes. The new brain Amyloid agent will be used at this location as soon as it becomes available. The Quad Headed SPECT is used for DatScan brain imaging for clinical Parkinson's Disease and as a research scanner into other movement disorders. A novel radiochemistry laboratory in under construction and the fellow will learn about the operation of a cGMP facility and the manufacture of novel agents. CCIR is attached to Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) and the fellow will learn about the collaborative uses of MRI and Molecular Imaging. In the future a MR-PET scanner will be housed at this facility.

About the Nuclear Radiology section

The Nuclear Medicine section performs over 6,000 studies per year. PET imaging is performed for oncologic surveillance and for neuroimaging. Other nuclear medicine examinations routinely performed include cardiac imaging and stress tests; scintigraphic evaluation of the skeletal system for cancer, infection, or inflammation; physiologic testing of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract; specialized tumor imaging and detection; and endocrinologic testing, lung scanning, and sentinel node detection.

Therapies such as 89-Sr and 131-I are also offered.

Apply

Submit the following materials to: 

Attn: Shari Johnston
University of Minnesota
MMC 292, 420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

  1. Completed Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcript
  4. USMLE
  5. ECFMG
  6. Three letters of recommendation (one of which must come from your program director)
  7. Personal Statement