Scanlon Fellowship in Cardio-Thoracic Imaging
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Radiology
This fellowship was established in 1983 in memory of Dr. Gerard Scanlon, an outstanding chest radiologist and teacher. The fellowship offers training in all aspects of Thoracic Imaging. The fellowship is one-year in length. Board certified fellows may obtain instructor status. Foreign medical graduates will be considered with appropriate certification.
We are staffed with three full-time chest radiologists. Daily staffing on the Chest Section includes a junior resident, a senior resident, and a fellow (instructor). Full-time general radiology faculty also rotate through the chest service.
The fellow spends the majority of his/her time in diagnostic thoracic imaging. An increasing amount of time is spent in cardiac imaging. All thoracic needle biopsies are performed by the Thoracic Imaging Section. Froedtert Hospital is a general tertiary and primary care hospital, with a Level 1 Trauma Center. It serves as a primary source for the local community (both suburban and inner city), as well as a tertiary referral hospital for southeast Wisconsin. There is a growing Cancer Center, a large Pulmonary and Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, and multiple transplant services. There is a full-time lung pathologist. Cardiac imaging is done in collaboration with the cardiology department.
Milwaukee is the home of GE Healthcare Clinical Systems and we are blessed with topnotch equipment. We currently have one dual-energy 64-slice scanner, three 64-slice scanners, and a 16-slice scanner. There are two CT fluoroscopes for procedures. MR scanners include a single 3-Tesla unit, and two 1.5-Tesla units. The department is all digital and our PACS system is a high-end ALI McKesson system that is fully integrated with a voice recognition system (PowerScribe) and the hospital medical records (EPIC).
The fellow is expected to take part in teaching opportunities at all levels. At all times, there are two or three medical students and two residents on the service. Teaching includes view box teaching and formal lectures to both students and residents. The fellow also prepares and presents at numerous interdepartmental conferences [pulmonary medicine conference; thoracic tumor board; cardiology/radiology conference; interstitial lung disease conference; and infectious disease conference]. Other teaching opportunities include nursing students, first-year medical students, and community groups.
There is an unassigned day per week to provide opportunity for research and lecture preparation. Fellows are encouraged to join the faculty in ongoing research or establish their own projects. Much of our research revolves around the application of new high-end technology to clinical problems. Fellows are also taught and encouraged to publish their results. Start-up money is available for research projects and statistical help is provided by the medical college. Time and stipends are provided for presentations at national meetings.
Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin are both 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. It is a pleasant, upbeat work environment.
Salaries for fellows are well above the national average. Fellows certified by the American Board of Radiology have the option of an appointment as instructor, with an increase in salary and responsibility. Benefits include health insurance, parking, three weeks’ vacation, and a sponsored radiology meeting. There is no night call. Weekend call is approximately one day per month.