The Neuroradiology Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin is an accredited program that offers comprehensive training in the translation of advanced neuroimaging techniques to the everyday practice of neuroradiology. This highly respected program is one of the country’s leaders in the clinical application of fMRI, DTI, MR perfusion, radial diffusivity, ASL, segmental brain volume analysis, and the simultaneous integration of the techniques for regional and whole brain analysis. The exposure to commercial and proprietary cutting edge technologies from close ties to industry leaders and in house biomedical research efforts respectively further enhance the fellowship experience. That technical exposure, however, is effective only when layered upon the backbone of the experienced faculty that is dedicated to teaching. This training combined with the diverse clinical pathology of a major metropolitan area prepares our fellows to function at the forefront of any academic or private practice environment.
The carefully designed structure of the fellowship provides an elevated experience beyond residency training. The program incorporates active learning methods of modern educational techniques to support fellow development. A separate lecture series dedicated solely to the fellows occurs twice a week. The didactic material includes advanced imaging, basic neuroscience, and targeted neuroradiologic lectures that explore brain structure and function. Brain cutting sessions with the neuropathologist and M&M conferences that address diagnostic conundrums are also dedicated educational components of the fellowship training. The neuroradiologic teaching file is a resource as well as active learning experience for the fellows. An array of interdepartmental conferences that focus on brain tumors, epilepsy, and head and neck pathology, in addition to the CPC (clinicopathologic conference) and neurology grand rounds supplement the other activities.
Three individuals guide the neuroradiology fellowship. The director, Andrew Klein MD, coordinates this comprehensive and rigorous educational fellow experience. John Ulmer MD, associate fellowship director and former president of the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology, leads the advanced neuroimaging training. Leighton Mark MD, also associate fellowship director and Image Asset Coordinator for Neuroradiology for the American Board of Radiology, emphasizes the basic neuroscience and neuroanatomic elements of the fellowship. Ten additional neuroradiologists contribute to the fellowship experience. Among the faculty are Vince Mathews MD, department chairman and board of trustee member of the American Board of Radiology, Scott Rand MD PhD, emphasis on brain tumor physiology and biomarkers, Douglas Brown MD, Stephen Quinet MD, emphasis on vessel wall imaging, Michelle Michel MD, past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (2013), James Strottmann MD, emphasis on CT perfusion, and Sonia Gill MD.
A recent poll of past fellows indicated a consistently high degree of satisfaction with their neuroradiology fellowship experience at the Medical College of Wisconsin. They uniformly felt well prepared for whatever practice environment they encountered post training. Beyond a sense of gratitude, prior fellows appreciated the unique and stimulating MCW neuroradiology learning environment that was hard to replicate or find elsewhere.
The Department of Radiology was designated a “Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence” by the American College of Radiology. This was the first such award in the Midwest and one of eight initial awards. The hospital is located on a large grassy campus in a suburb of Milwaukee. Froedtert has been voted one of the best places to work in Wisconsin, year-in and year-out. Our department is a friendly, stable department, with little turnover at both the professional and staff level.