NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship

Overview | Fellow Rotations | Conferences | Call Schedule | Vacation/Conference Time | How to Apply

Fellowship Director: Gina Ciavarra, MD

Associate Fellowship Director: William Walter, MD


The NYU/HJD MSK fellowship provides a great opportunity for fellows to get exposed to and learn the fundamentals of musculoskeletal radiology. Fellows who excel are successful in taking advantage of the wealth of resources available to them during their year of specialized training. They take an active role in their education and treat their daily work as an opportunity to learn. Fellows’ education is reinforced by the MSK faculty through a combination of daily side-by-side read out sessions, weekly case conferences and weekly didactic conferences.

We provide imaging services to the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care, Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), and Bellevue Hospital Center, while providing specialized musculoskeletal teleradiology support for many radiology groups throughout the New York area.

Fellow Rotations

Our MSK fellows typically rotate through one of three clinical rotations, one week at a time. Fellows are allotted one academic day per week, which can be used in a variety of different ways including work on current research projects, preparation of weekly internal and interdisciplinary conferences, and observing surgery under the guidance of our colleagues in the department of Orthopaedics.

Fellow responsibilities vary by location, and are summarized below:


Two fellows are assigned to preview daily cross-sectional cases and review them with assigned staff members. One fellow is stationed at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, while the second is located at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Fellows are responsible for protocolling scheduled cases, providing consultation services for clinicians, and teaching residents and medical students along with attending staff.


CT, ultrasound and fluoro- guided interventional services are provided five days a week and include epidural spine injections, facet blocks, myelograms, lumbar punctures, discography, arthrography, percutaneous biopsies, radiofrequency ablation, and therapeutic injections. One fellow is assigned to this rotation per week and is responsible for preparing for and performing interventional procedures in conjunction with the assigned attending, while ensuring that workflow and patient throughput is maintained. The fellow is also responsible for fielding consultations for interventional services from other sections. As with all fellow training, responsibility and independence are incrementally increased as appropriate for their demonstrated level of ability as the year progresses.


One fellow is assigned to Bellevue per week, previewing all the X-ray and cross-sectional cases, and reading out with the assigned staff member. The majority of the fellow’s x-ray experience will take place here, interpreting cases from the various orthopaedic and rheumatogic clinics as well as cases from the emergency room and inpatient services. The fellow is also responsible for fielding all consultations and performing the MSK related interventional procedures.


Fellows benefit from daily opportunities to learn in a conference environment. The following are mandatory conferences given every week that are usually scheduled from 730-830 a.m. and take place at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care or NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases:

  • Monday: Fellows' XR/MR didactic conference. One fellow is assigned per week to present unknown cases to their co-fellows and the rest of the section followed by short teaching presentations about each case.
  • Tuesday: Introduction to MSK Imaging series. In the months of July and August, staff members give introductory didactic lectures to the fellows covering the basics of imaging of the major joints and spine. Starting in September, Dr. Ron Adler gives a series of didactic lectures and hands-on ultrasound sessions to the fellows covering the fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound.
  • Wednesday: Fellows’ Interesting XR/MR conference. One fellow is assigned per week to present unknown cases collected during the workweek to their co-fellows and the rest of the section followed by group discussion.
  • Thursday: Hands on Ultrasound. Staff members will review the principles of MSK ultrasound with the fellows and the provide hands on training and teaching for imaging of the major joints, muscles, and nerves
  • Friday: MSK / Orthopaedic didactics. Staff members from our section give hour-long didactic lectures covering a variety of topics in MSK imaging. Interspersed between the radiology themed didactic lectures, our colleagues from the department of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology as well as outside MSK faculty give a series of lectures covering topics in orthopaedics and rheumatology and how they apply to the musculoskeletal radiologist

Call Schedule

The fellows will take call for one week at a time beginning on a Monday night and ending the following Monday morning. There is an attending on back-up call for the week available for consultation.

Vacation/Conference Time

Each fellow is allotted 4 weeks of vacation time. Additional time for conference attendance may be granted for fellows who present their research.

How to Apply

For the 2022-2023 academic year, we will be taking part in the MSK fellowship match program.

Match Opens = 3/24/2021
Ranking Opens = 4/21/2021
Quota Change Deadline = 5/12/2021
Rank Order List Deadline = 5/26/2021
Match Day = 6/09/2021

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