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Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging in the Department of Radiology. Our fellows are radiologists who wish to refine their skills in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal imaging.

Musculoskeletal imaging fellows receive advanced training from a team of radiologists, sports medicine physicians, and orthopedic surgeons. Fellowship raining takes place at a variety of high-volume environments including NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, as well as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

The fellowship is overseen by William Walter, MD, fellowship director, and Steven Daniels, MD, associate fellowship director. For more information contact Nati A. Mejias, program coordinator, at nati.mejias@nyulangone.org.

Musculoskeletal Imaging Training Experience

Musculoskeletal imaging fellows develop expertise in diagnostic MRI and CT scans, and CT-, ultrasound-, and fluoroscopy-guided interventional services. Musculoskeletal fellows typically participate in three one-week clinical rotations: MRI and CT, interventional procedures, or handling cases at Bellevue. They are allotted one academic day per week, which can be used to work on current research projects, prepare for weekly internal and interdisciplinary conferences, or observe surgery under the guidance of our colleagues in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Training includes a combination of daily side-by-side musculoskeletal imaging interpretation sessions with musculoskeletal radiologists, weekly case conferences, and weekly didactic conferences.

Fellows preview daily cross-sectional diagnostic imaging cases from NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, review them with attending radiologists, create protocols for scheduled cases, and provide musculoskeletal imaging consultation services for clinicians.

On the interventional procedure rotation, they work with an attending radiologist to perform CT-, ultrasound-, and fluoroscopy-guided epidural spine injections, facet blocks, myelograms, lumbar punctures, discography, arthrography, percutaneous biopsies, radiofrequency ablation, and therapeutic injections. Fellows also field consultations for interventional services from other NYU Langone departments and divisions.

At Bellevue, fellows preview X-ray and cross-sectional cases and interpret musculoskeletal imaging cases from the orthopedic and rheumatologic clinic, the emergency department, and inpatient services with attending radiologists. Fellows also field consultations and perform interventional musculoskeletal imaging procedures.

As a musculoskeletal fellow, imaging responsibilities and independence are commensurate with level of ability and increase incrementally as the year progresses.

After-Hours Coverage

Musculoskeletal imaging fellows share responsibility for after-hours coverage, rotating on a week-by-week basis. Call responsibilities begin on Monday night and end the following Monday morning. An attending radiologist is on back-up call and is available for consultation.

Musculoskeletal Imaging Conferences

Musculoskeletal imaging fellows attend and present at weekly and monthly conferences on topics including musculoskeletal X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound, as well as imaging for orthopedic and rheumatologic conditions at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and NYU Langone Orthopedic Center. Conferences include the following:

  • a weekly X-Ray and MRI Didactic Series, where you present cases to other musculoskeletal imaging fellows and radiologists, followed by short teaching presentations about each case
  • a monthly Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging Lecture Series that covers the basics of imaging major joints and the spine and the fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • a weekly X-Ray and MRI Interesting Case Conference, where you present cases from the workweek to other musculoskeletal imaging fellows and radiologists, followed by group discussion
  • a Hands-On Ultrasound Series, where faculty review the principles of musculoskeletal ultrasound and provide hands on training and teaching for imaging of the major joints, muscles, and nerves
  • a Musculoskeletal, Orthopedic, and Rheumatologic Imaging Didactic Series that consists of hour-long didactic lectures that cover a variety of topics in musculoskeletal imaging, orthopedics, and rheumatology

Musculoskeletal Imaging Teaching Opportunities

Musculoskeletal imaging fellows take on teaching responsibilities for medical students and residents. They also participate in journal clubs to practice critically evaluating research and presenting research findings to groups.

Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Opportunities

Our fellows are encouraged to participate in Department of Radiology research, present musculoskeletal imaging research at scientific meetings, and publish research in imaging journals. We provide infrastructure support and allot academic time for fellows to achieve research goals. A subsidy is available to those invited to present research at a conference.

How to Apply

All Musculoskeletal Imaging positions have been filled through 2022. We have six openings for the 2023-24 academic year.

We begin accepting applications for the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship on August 1 and interview applicants in December. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program®, also known as The Match®. If you are interested in applying, please complete the online application. Required documents must be uploaded directly to the online application portal.

Important dates include the following:

  • The Match® opens March 2022
  • Ranking begins in April 2022
  • Match day takes place in June 2022

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Walter at william.walter@nyulangone.org, Dr. Daniels at steven.daniels@nyulangone.org, or Ms. Mejias, program coordinator, at nati.mejias@nyulangone.org.