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Program Coordinator, Nuclear Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs
Merlen Sanchez
Phone: 305-585-8178
Email: msanche1@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System or via an email sent to Program Coordinator Merlen Sanchez at msanche1@med.miami.edu.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from July 1 to January 31. Interviews are conducted year-round, based on applicant availability.

Call Schedule

Residents take home-call every one in four weeks.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Holtz Children’s Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program. While we do not have a specific score requirement, preference for interviews is given to those who pass all three exams on the first attempt.

USMLE Step 3 must be completed by the end of the second program year.

Postgraduate Training:
For candidates applying to the three-year residency program, a one-year internship in an ACGME-accredited training program is required. Candidates who have completed a residency in internal medicine are welcome to apply for the two-year residency. For candidates pursuing a one-year fellowship, completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in radiology is required.

Each pathway will provide the graduate with eligibility to sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine certifying examination.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Nuclear Medicine Residency and Fellowship

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to train the next generation of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging physicians. We strive to create well-rounded physicians, fully comfortable in all aspects of diagnostic molecular imaging and at the forefront of rapidly expanding nuclear medicine radiotherapies.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to train the next generation of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging physicians. We strive to create well-rounded physicians, fully comfortable in all aspects of diagnostic molecular imaging and at the forefront of rapidly expanding nuclear medicine radiotherapies.

Program Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Health System Nuclear Medicine Residency and Fellowship programs. The field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging is currently in the midst of a booming expansion. New positron imaging tracers are allowing nuclear medicine physicians to increase their accuracy in diagnosis of particular diseases, superseding other forms of diagnostic investigations. In addition to our increasing role in diagnosis, staging and directing management of patients, particularly in cardiac imaging and oncology, we are also increasing our presence at the bedside for radiotherapeutics.

In 2018, the FDA approved Lutetium Lu 177-Dotatate for the treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine cancer, which has enabled us to rapidly expand our treatment base. This is in addition to our already established roles in the treatment of metastatic thyroid cancer and benign thyroid disease with Iodine-131, as well as the treatment of painful metastatic bony disease with Xofigo® and Samarium therapies.

Program Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Health System Nuclear Medicine Residency and Fellowship programs. The field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging is currently in the midst of a booming expansion. New positron imaging tracers are allowing nuclear medicine physicians to increase their accuracy in diagnosis of particular diseases, superseding other forms of diagnostic investigations. In addition to our increasing role in diagnosis, staging and directing management of patients, particularly in cardiac imaging and oncology, we are also increasing our presence at the bedside for radiotherapeutics.

In 2018, the FDA approved Lutetium Lu 177-Dotatate for the treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine cancer, which has enabled us to rapidly expand our treatment base. This is in addition to our already established roles in the treatment of metastatic thyroid cancer and benign thyroid disease with Iodine-131, as well as the treatment of painful metastatic bony disease with Xofigo® and Samarium therapies.

As South Florida’s only NCI-designated cancer facility, our role at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is to assist our oncology, radiotherapy and surgery colleagues in the diagnosis and treatment of common and rare cancer. As a role we take very seriously, we look to accomplish our goals by establishing a strong rapport with all of our specialties to allow for optimal patient care. This unique honor also provides great opportunities for unique research with each of our faculty members, all of which are dual radiology/nuclear medicine board certified and have a diverse research interest.

Jackson Memorial Hospital, serving as Miami’s only safety net, tertiary care hospital offers even more unique experiences, not commonly seen elsewhere in the country. A Level I trauma center, busy transplant center and renowned pediatric hospital will expose you to everything needed to become an extremely well-trained and well-rounded nuclear medicine physician. We offer a curriculum that is designed to combine the best elements of our medical facilities, with the best healthcare workers in the region in order to give you an experience that is second to none. Finally, the City of Miami offers boundless experiences to ensure that your time in South Florida is one that is exciting and exceptional.

-Mark J. Foley, MBBCh

Description

Jackson Memorial Hospital, serving as Miami’s only safety net, tertiary care hospital offers even more unique experiences, not commonly seen elsewhere in the country. A Level I trauma center, busy transplant center and renowned pediatric hospital will expose you to everything needed to become an extremely well-trained and well-rounded nuclear medicine physician. We offer a curriculum that is designed to combine the best elements of our medical facilities, with the best healthcare workers in the region in order to give you an experience that is second to none. Finally, the City of Miami offers boundless experiences to ensure that your time in South Florida is one that is exciting and exceptional.

-Mark J. Foley, MBBCh

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents/Fellows per Year?

4

Duration of Residency/Fellowship?

1 to 3 years

Program Highlights

Only South Florida NCI-designated cancer center

1 of the few remaining ACGME-accredited nuclear medicine residency programs in the country with strong input in nuclear cardiology

1 of the few centers treating patients with advanced nuclear medicine therapies, such as Lutathera®

Program Curriculum and Clinical Experience

Overview

Education is a priority to our institution and our faculty. At the end of their nuclear medicine training, each resident/fellow must demonstrate competence in the performance and/or interpretation of the following: interpersonal and communication skills; medical knowledge; patient care and procedural skills; practice-based learning and improvement; professionalism and systems-based practice.

Our curriculum divides the residents’ time between our two main teaching facilities, Jackson Memorial Hospital and UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility. The residency curriculum is different based on the resident’s entry into our program, but in every case our goal is to expose the resident to sufficient case volume for ABNM board eligibility as well as prepare them for independent practice in nuclear medicine.

Nuclear Medicine Residency Curriculum

Year 1

  • Participation in Basic Science Educational Program
  • Participation in Didactic Lecture Series and Journal Club Participation
  • Radiopharmacy Rotation
  • Two Months of Diagnostic Radiology Rotations with CT Exposure

Residents will spend approximately 6 ½ months at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2 ½ months at UHealth Tower and one month on vacation.

Year 2

  • Participation in Didactic Lecture Series and Journal Club Participation
  • Two Months of Diagnostic Radiology

Residents will spend approximately 4 ½ months at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 4 ½ months at UHealth Tower and one month on vacation.

*For trainees who completed their internal medicine residency, nuclear medicine training commences with Year 2.

Year 3

  • Participation in Didactic Lecture Series and Journal Club Participation
  • Two Months of Diagnostic Radiology

Residents will spend approximately 4 ½ months at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 4 ½ months at UHealth Tower and one month on vacation.

Nuclear Medicine Fellowship Clinical Experience

Year 1

  • Participation in Basic Science Educational Program
  • Participation in Didactic Lecture Series and Journal Club Participation
  • Radiopharmacy Rotation

Fellows will spend approximately 5 ½ months at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 5 ½ months at UHealth Tower and one month on vacation.

Your Faculty

Shabbir Ezuddin, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Radiology

Mark J. Foley, MBBCh
Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology
Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs

Mike Georgiou, PhD
Director, Nuclear Medicine
Associate Professor, Clinical Radiology

Russ Kuker, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Radiology

Sam Samaan, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology

Aldo Serafini, MD
Professor, Radiology and Medicine

Efrosyni Sfakianaki, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology