Body Imaging Fellowship

Program Coordinator: Nilu Dorschner
Program Duration: 12 Months
Accredited: Yes
Number of Positions: 2
Program Overview: 

All positions for academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-20 are filled.

Deadline to receive applications for the academic year 2020-2021 is November 30, 2018. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and selected candidates will be contacted for interviews via e-mail starting the first week in December. Interviews are scheduled for December and the successful candidate informed soon thereafter. Please see application process below for details.

The program offers one year of graduate medical education in body imaging. The fellowship is approved for two ACGME-accredited positions.

Over the course of the one-year fellowship, the fellow will receive training in thoraco-abdominopelvic imaging with specific emphasis on the acquisition and interpretation of cross-sectional MRI/MRA of the body.  The fellow will be exposed to a large volume of body MRI cases including:

  • MRI of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis for cancer diagnosis and staging
  • MRA of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, lower extremities, and upper extremities
  • Noncontrast MRI for the evaluation of acute abdominopelvic pain
  • MRA for pulmonary embolus detection
  • Dynamic pelvic imaging to assess for pelvic floor instability
  • Advanced, quantitative imaging of liver disease, including spectroscopy and elastography
  • Functional MRI nephrourography
  • Whole body MRI to evaluate patients with prostate cancer and multiple myeloma

Additionally, the fellows will receive training in the interpretation of other imaging modalities of the body including: 

  • CT of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis
  • CT Colonography
  • PET-CT
  • Ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Plain film interpretation

Fellows will also receive several didactic lectures in abdominal imaging, vascular and interventional radiology, and PET/CT. Medical Imaging Grand Rounds and body division case review add to the educational experience.

At the end of the one-year fellowship, the fellow should be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies: 

Interpreting cross-sectional US, CT, and MR imaging of the body
Performing and interpreting fluoroscopic procedures
Performing ultrasound-guided procedures including thoracentesis, paracentesis, and biopsies
Comprehensive knowledge of the physics of ultrasound, CT, and MR imaging and an ability to apply this knowledge for image optimization and for quality assurance issues
Patient care in the areas of consultation particularly in multidisciplinary conferences, patient safety, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
Proficiency in protocoling exams

Throughout the year, fellows frequently interact with other medical services and are actively involved in several multidisciplinary conferences which include hepatobiliary, colorectal, urology, gynecology, and nephrology. Frequently, these discussions focus on the newest techniques and approaches to treatment. 

Body Imaging fellows at the University of Arizona are also given the opportunity to participate in research and technology development with at least one academic day per week.  All trainees are required to participate in at least one scholarly project.  Fellows can participate in one or several of the following project types:  laboratory research, clinical research, image interpretation, imaging techniques, or practice management issues.  Within the department, the fellows will be offered opportunities to participate in on-going basic and translational research.  Within the field of MR imaging of the body, the body division is actively engaged in several translational research projects.  Such examples include quantitative measuring of hepatic fibrosis, spectroscopic measurement of iron and fat composition within the liver, dynamic pelvic imaging to assess for pelvic floor instability, and dynamic MR imaging of the lungs. 

Clinical research meetings for fellows and attendings are held monthly. Fellows are encouraged to author publications and to present at meetings.  All publications and presentations will be written with faculty guidance.  If a fellow has a presentation accepted for a national conference, department funding is often available.

The Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) of the University of Arizona supports the students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians in the College of Medicine and other colleges.  AHSL enables electronic access to vast stores of biomedical literature (around 10,000 serials).  Evidence-based medicine tools include EBM Search (a locally developed federated search), Cochrane, ACP Pier, BMJ Clinical Evidence, and Clinical Practice Guidelines.  StatRef is a collection of over 90 electronic textbooks. Information about holdings of AHSL including thousands of full-text journals is available through the campus library catalog 24 hours a day.

Application Process: 

To be eligible for acceptance, applicants must possess an MD or DO degree and have satisfactorily completed a diagnostic radiology residency training program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). For applicants that originate from a non-ACGME-accredited residency, please note the following requirements and items that will need to accompany your application as outlined by the ACGME under Section III

Download Application

Candidates should send the following documents to Nilu Dorschner at

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • University of Arizona, Department of Medical Imaging, Fellowship Application
  • Medical School Transcripts or Dean’s Letter
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Scores (Steps I, II, IICS, III)
  • Photo
  • Visa Status, if applicable
  • ECFMG Certificate, if applicable

We are happy to schedule an interview at a time of mutual convenience.

Contact Information
Point of Contact: 
Nilu Dorschner

University of Arizona Health Network
Department of Medical Imaging
PO Box 245067
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85724-5067

(520) 626-3587
Fax (520) 626-1518