Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
Currently accepting applications for 2019-2020
The Neuroradiology Fellowship with the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that offers comprehensive training in the translation of advanced neuroimaging techniques to the everyday practice of neuroradiology.
- Exceptional Clinical Application Exposure - This program is highly respected as one of the country’s leaders in the clinical application of:
- MR perfusion
- Radial diffusivity
- Segmental brain volume analysis
- Simultaneous integration of the techniques for regional and whole brain analysis
- Cutting Edge Technologies - Fellows have access to commercial and proprietary cutting edge technologies from close ties to industry leaders and in-house biomedical research.
- Experienced Faculty Dedicated to Teaching
- Diverse Clinical Pathology – Technology and training combined with the diverse clinical pathology of a major metropolitan area prepares fellows to function at the forefront of any academic or private practice environment.
Carefully Designed Fellowship with a Formal Educational Structure
- Elevated Experience – Emphasis on a deeper level of understanding of neuroradiology that exceeds the residency experience and what can be gleamed from mere quantitative case exposure.
- Active Learning Methods - The department is proactive in faculty development of modern educational techniques.
- Bi-weekly Lecture Series Dedicated to Fellows - Topics include:
- Advanced imaging
- Basic neuroscience and targeted neuroradiologic lectures that explore brain structure and function
- Brain cutting sessions with the neuropathologist
- Unique dedicated neuroradiologic M&M conferences that explore the sources and reasons for errors.
- Neuroradiologic Teaching File - Fellows are contributors to a teaching file database promoting active learning and providing an extensive learning resource.
- Interdepartmental Conferences – Fellows are encouraged to attend the many interdepartmental conferences that focus on brain tumors, epilepsy, and head and neck pathology, including a CPC (clinicopathologic conference), and neurology grand rounds.
- Three individuals guide the neuroradiology fellowship.
- The director, Andrew Klein MD, coordinates this comprehensive and rigorous educational fellowship training
- 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
- Eight additional neuroradiologists contribute to fellowship training.
- Mohit Agarwal, MD, emphasis on neurodegenerative disorders, advanced neuroimaging, and volumetric brain imaging
- Douglas Brown MD, emphasis on PET
- Sonia Gill MD, emphasis on head and neck imaging
- Vince Mathews MD, department chair and board of trustee member of the American Board of Radiology
- Michelle Michel MD, past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology
- Darren O'Neill MD, emphasis on MRI
- Stephen Quinet MD, emphasis on vessel wall imaging
- Scott Rand MD PhD, emphasis on brain tumor physiology and biomarkers
- James Strottmann MD, emphasis on CT perfusion
Past Fellow Survey Results
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; and
- appreciation and gratitude for the unique and stimulating MCW neuroradiology learning environment that would be hard to replicate or find elsewhere.
Awards & Recognition
- 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.
- Froedtert is consistently 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.
The Fellowship is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in interpretation of MR spectroscopy, fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging and tractography, perfusion/blood volume imaging, CT/PET imaging and neuro-interventional procedures, in addition to conventional neuroradiology imaging studies.
Fellows receive ten weeks of training in each of these areas:
- Brain and Spine MR
- Brain and Spine CT
- Vascular Neuroradiology & Myelography/Degenerative Spine Imaging
The schedule is constructed for fellows to spend one week on each rotation in an ongoing cycle throughout the fellowship year:
- Week 1 - Brain and Spine MR
- Week 2 - Brain and Spine CT
- Week 3 - Vascular Neuroradiology & Myelography/Degenerative Spine Imaging
- Week 4 - Academic Endeavors
The design of the reading room environment and PACS system forces inter-modality imaging correlation, providing even greater exposure to cases. Each fellow has a four-week rotation of Pediatric Neuroradiology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Fellows also complete a six-week rotation of Adult Interventional Neuroradiology at Froedtert, to gain experience in catheter-based angiography.
The Froedtert Neurosciences Center provides a major infusion of patients with challenging diagnostic problems. Weekly neuroscience conferences bring together neuroradiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropathologists and radiation oncologists to discuss various aspects of neuro diagnosis and therapy.
State of The Art Equipment & Technology
Imaging facilities include:
- Six state-of-the-art Helical CT
- Six MR scanners on site, with access to an experimental 1.5 and 3.0T imager
- Three up-to-date Digital Angiography Suites, and a Biplane Neuroangiography Suite with 3D Rotational Angiography
- State-of-the-art GE as well as Siemens CT (Somatom Plus) and MR (1.5T)
Fellows have significant opportunities to develop research project(s) in functional imaging, neuropathology, and/or neuroanatomy under the guidance of faculty with diverse research interests. Each fellow is mentored by one or more of the neuroradiology faculty, which provides a wealth of research and publication experience. The Neuroradiology Section overall submits between 10 and 20 manuscripts and/or abstracts per academic year, frequently receiving acceptances and awards.
Fellows have responsibility for teaching both radiology and non-radiology residents image protocoling, interpretation, and report generation. The fellows review special procedures, and CT and MR examinations with residents and medical students prior to staff read-out sessions. Fellows will also explain imaging procedures to medical students rotating through the service.
Additionally, each fellow is provided opportunities to present case conferences for residents and medical students throughout the fellowship year.
MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment
The Neuroradiology Fellow position benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, free parking, and a three-week paid vacation. Fellows are allowed up to one week of educational leave, without interruption of pay or benefits, contingent upon the approval by the Program Director. View more information about the benefits, conditions and terms of employment on the MCWAH GME Benefits page.
Eligibility and Application
Currently accepting applications for 2019-2020
- Candidates must have satisfactorily completed a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME, the RCPSC, or an AOA diagnostic radiology program in ACGME pre-accreditation status.
- Candidates must be American Board of Radiology (ABR) eligible.
- Candidates must be eligible to obtain State of Wisconsin medical licensure. A State of Wisconsin medical license must be obtained prior to start the fellowship year.
- Each Academic Interview Year begins according to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) schedule for Radiology Fellowships.
- Candidates are required to register with NRMP for the SMS Neuroradiology Fellowship Match.
- Application (PDF)
- Copies of USMLE Step 1 & Step 2, CSA, & Step 3
- Personal statement
- 3 original letters of reference from radiologists with whom you have worked and/or trained
- Dean's letter
Email or mail Application Documents to:
Andrew P. Klein, MD, Program Director
c/o Carolyn Campeaux, Program Coordinator III
Department of Radiology
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Carolyn Campeaux, Program Coordinator III