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Program Coordinator, Body Imaging Fellowship Program
Merlen Sanchez
Phone: 305-585-8178
Email: msanche1@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
Applications are received and screened based on the selection criteria and guidelines set forth by Jackson Memorial Hospital. Foreign medical graduates are required to have the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification.

How to Apply:
Applicants should email their application form to the Fellowship Coordinator Merlen Sanchez at msanche1@med.miami.edu.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from December 1 to March 31. Interviews are held from January to April.

Call Schedule

Each fellow takes home call one week per month.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Applebaum Diagnostic Imaging Center

1150 N.W. 14th Street

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program. Applicants must be eligible for Step 3. Foreign medical graduates are required to have the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed residency program in diagnostic radiology.

Body Imaging Fellowship

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide the highest level of care to our patients by using state-of-the-art methods of abdominal imaging.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide the highest level of care to our patients by using state-of-the-art methods of abdominal imaging.

Program Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our University of Miami/Jackson Health System Body Imaging Fellowship. We invite you to visit our medical center and the outstanding fellowship program that we offer. The program is based at an urban academic medical center in the heart of Miami. The two major teaching hospitals are Jackson Memorial Hospital, the county-owned and run hospital as part of Jackson Health System and UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility.

Program Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our University of Miami/Jackson Health System Body Imaging Fellowship. We invite you to visit our medical center and the outstanding fellowship program that we offer. The program is based at an urban academic medical center in the heart of Miami. The two major teaching hospitals are Jackson Memorial Hospital, the county-owned and run hospital as part of Jackson Health System and UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility.

Jackson Memorial Hospital offers a one-year body imaging fellowship funded by the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Miami. The fellowship includes both disease-based and modality-based training and provides a wealth of experience in body computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as ultrasound, with elective time. This training program will expose fellows to the most challenging pathology, as well as the opportunity to work in one of the largest transplant centers in South Florida and second largest in the nation – the Miami Transplant Institute (a joint program between Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine).

Our program follows the Precision Medicine Initiative, taking into account every patient’s individuality: variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. This method to patient care is particularly important to teach our fellows and emerging radiologists as it will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which course of action to take in the treatment and prevention of certain diseases.

In addition to a rich clinical experience, fellows are provided with opportunities to teach residents and medical students and participate in journal club and weekly conferences, including multidisciplinary clinical conferences with renowned faculty. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate with faculty in clinical research projects, engage in research activities for the assessment of new medications and will play an important role in the cancer staging and treatment planning alongside oncologists and surgeons.

Fellows will spend their time rotating through both Jackson Memorial Hospital (a 2,000-bed tertiary hospital) and University of Miami Health System’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Florida (and one of only two within the state of Florida). Both centers are high-volume clinical facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment.

-R. Patricia Castillo, MD

Description

Our program follows the Precision Medicine Initiative, taking into account every patient’s individuality: variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. This method to patient care is particularly important to teach our fellows and emerging radiologists as it will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which course of action to take in the treatment and prevention of certain diseases.

In addition to a rich clinical experience, fellows are provided with opportunities to teach residents and medical students and participate in journal club and weekly conferences, including multidisciplinary clinical conferences with renowned faculty. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate with faculty in clinical research projects, engage in research activities for the assessment of new medications and will play an important role in the cancer staging and treatment planning alongside oncologists and surgeons.

Fellows will spend their time rotating through both Jackson Memorial Hospital (a 2,000-bed tertiary hospital) and University of Miami Health System’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Florida (and one of only two within the state of Florida). Both centers are high-volume clinical facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment.

-R. Patricia Castillo, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

None

Number of Fellows per Year?

4

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

High-volume clinical facilities (top in the nation), with state-of-the-art equipment

60,000+ imaging procedures annually

Clinical & new medical trial research opportunities

Clinical Experience

Year 1

The core curriculum follows general guidelines developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Resident and Fellow Education for the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

Fellows will split their time rotating through Jackson Memorial Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Applebaum Diagnostic Imaging Center.

The fellow participates in daily interpretation of diagnostic and cancer screening, as well as problem-solving practice with imaging techniques and computer-aided detection/diagnosis, familiarizing themselves with the fundamentals of cancer detection, pathology, patient management, quality control and the use of standard dictation for the staging of cancer.

Fellows will make informed diagnostic and therapeutic decisions based on patient information and preferences using the latest information technology and scientific evidence, as well as the appropriate clinical judgment and appropriate use of laboratory and imaging studies.

Goals and Objectives

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
Communicate effectively and professionally with colleagues, patients, referring physicians and staff regarding image issues, informed consents, results of tests or procedures and safety issues.

Medical Knowledge:
Understand the techniques and terminology of diagnostic body imaging, recognize the characteristics of benign and malignant lesions and demonstrate proficiency in the triage of different studies. Fellows should also be able to evaluate and adequately utilize magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of body pathology and be able to better determine any follow-up imaging or intervention needs.

Patient Care:
Provide compassionate, efficient and safe patient care through appropriate use of diagnostic radiology techniques, and effectively communicate results in an understandable way to patients, referring physicians and appropriate individuals, as needed.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:
Evaluate own performance and identify and apply scientific evidence to patient care.

Systems-Based Practice:
Exhibit understanding of equipment, the local healthcare system and any ramifications.

Your Faculty

Patricia Balcacer, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology

V. Javier Casillas, MD
Professor, Clinical Radiology

R. Patricia Castillo, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology
Chief, Abdominal Imaging
Director, Body Imaging and Cancer Imaging Fellowship Programs

Gisela Henriquez, MD
Voluntary Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology

Beatrice Madrazo, MD
Professor, Clinical Radiology

Eduardo Scortegagna, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology