Fellowships in Abdominal Imaging

Fellowships in Abdominal Imaging


Please Note: We are currently accepting applications for 2017. We will likely have an additional position available for 2016. If interested, please contact Nicole Vaughan (contact info below).

Abdominal Imaging Fellowship (1 year)

The Division of Body Imaging offers a one-year Abdominal Imaging Fellowship covering the whole spectrum of abdominal imaging with a strong emphasis on abdominal MRI as well as image-guided procedures.

Our Division


The section of Abdominal Imaging within the division of Body Imaging includes a group of 8 faculty physicians and provides the full range of diagnostic imaging as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures related to the abdomen, pelvis, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts.

The Goal

The program is designed to enable the Abdominal Imaging Fellow to accumulate a broad base of medical knowledge, to develop progressively independent interpretive and technical skills under supervision, and to become proficient at accurate clinical decision making and consulting. The fellowship aims to provide teaching and research opportunities for fellows, adjusted to special interests and talents.

Upon completion of the fellowship, the graduate will have the foundation to build an academic career in radiology or enter subspecialized or general private practice. Specifically, the fellowship focuses on providing advanced training in cross-sectional imaging of the abdomen and pelvis with a strong emphasis on abdominal and pelvic MRI. Extensive experience will also be gained in interventional procedures, such as CT- and ultrasound-guided biopsies, abscess drainages and if desired image-guided ablations and fluoroscopically-guided GI tract interventions.

The Abdominal Imaging faculty emphasizes to our house-staff that referring clinicians are our valued customers and that patient care is our primary mission as physicians. We also believe that the time spent on every service should be pleasurable and educationally challenging.

The Curriculum

The experience of recent years showed that most applicants for Abdominal Imaging fellowships are primarily looking for expert level training in abdominal and pelvic MRI and image-guided procedures. We used this as a starting point for creating the curriculum of our new Abdominal Imaging fellowship.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (12-15 weeks):

Our MRI service has an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging, including pre and postoperative imaging of liver transplant patients. We use state-of-the-art equipment including several 3 Tesla scanners and a variety of MRI contrast agents including Gadoxetic Acid based materials. Beyond MRI studies of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree we offer training in female pelvic MRI, 3T prostate MRI, rectal cancer staging MRI and a variety of urological MRI examinations. Fellows on MRI will be responsible for protocoling and interpreting MRI studies. A great emphasis will be placed on building an advanced understanding of MRI physics as far as it is relevant for image interpretation and possibly even beyond that. Our world-class research/physics faculty helps us to achieve these goals.

Image-guided procedures (total 20-25 weeks):

Our very busy procedure service performs CT- and US-guided biopsies and drain placements as well as image-guided ablation procedures of renal tumors. Extension of the ablation service is planned in the near future to include bone, liver and possibly lung lesions. On most days two fellows will cover the procedure services (one each on US and CT procedures). Fellows will also be the first contact person for procedure-related consults. It is divisional policy that our fellows have first choice of all procedures over other trainees.

Computed Tomography:

We run a very busy CT service, with scanners being located within the University Hospital, two outpatient imaging centers and the Emily Couric Cancer Center. The department operates a total of 9 CT scanners including a 128-slice dual-source scanner, averaging about 50-75 CT exams per day. We use modern CT techniques such as Dual Energy, iterative reconstruction and other dose reduction strategies. CT colonoscopies are performed and fellow involvement is encouraged. The main educational goal for fellows on the CT service is twofold: During the first 6-9 month emphasis should be placed on reading higher volume CT with high accuracy, a skill that is very valuable in particular for individuals considering spending their career in private practice. During the last few month of the year, the faculty will assist the fellow in transitioning into reading CTs independently. Diagnostic CT is integrated into the time spent on CT procedures.


The Ultrasound service covers all areas of abdominal, vascular and pelvic ultrasound examinations. Diagnostic ultrasound is integrated into the time spent on ultrasound procedures.


Our division offers the full spectrum of fluoroscopic examinations and procedures. Fellows typically are not scheduled on this rotation. However, given our very large number of fluoroscopically-guided esophageal balloon dilations individuals who are interested in this particular procedure or fluoroscopy in general have the opportunity to spend time on this service.


Fellows get 4 weeks of elective time throughout the year that can be spent within the division (thoracic imaging, fluoroscopy, ob-gyn ultrasound) or outside the division (cardiovascular imaging, interventional radiology, pediatric imaging, breast imaging, MSK imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine).

Conferences and Tumor Boards:

There is a biweekly Tuesday morning Fellow’s Conference with presenters including Abdominal Imaging faculty as well as other radiology faculty and referring clinicians. Topics are tailored to the fellow level.

Fellows will also participate in UVA clinical conferences and tumor boards. The degree of involvement during presentation and responsibility will gradually increase throughout the year. The following clinical conferences and tumor boards are covered:

  • GI Tumor Board, Thursday 7 - 8am (covered by MRI fellow)
  • GYN Tumor Board, Wednesdays 4pm
  • GU Conference, Wednesday 9am (bi weekly)


In addition, there is a daily afternoon conference where the interesting cases of the day are shown and discussed.

Call Responsibilities:

Fellows are typically on call every 4th weekend. Responsibilities are limited to interpretation of urgent inpatient MRI.

Teaching and Formal Learning:

The fellows are expected to teach the radiology residents and medical students who rotate through their areas on a daily informal basis. Fellows can attend the 1:00 p.m. residents' conference if related to Abdominal imaging. Each fellow usually gives 1-2 residents' conferences per year.

Salary and Benefits:

Our fellows receive an annual salary that is competitive with what is offered by other institutions. They receive medical and dental care benefits for themselves and their immediate family. Additionally, malpractice insurance is provided at no charge.

Our fellows receive an annual stipend. This stipend is to cover expenses related to attending meetings or buying books. Each fellow is encouraged to attend one educational meeting of his/her choice.

Additional significant educational benefits are offered by the University of Virginia that can be used to take UVA courses.

Vacation and Leave Policy:

Fellows have 22 days of vacation time (plus additional time off during Christmas or New Year's), and up to 5 days of meeting time to be spent at national Radiology meetings.

Application Process

Minimum entry requirements include successful completion of a diagnostic radiology residency and the ability to obtain a medical license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Complete your candidate profile online at Jobs@UVA, and search for Job Posting #0614273 for 2016 positions and Job Posting #0616639 for 2017 positions.
  • Attach your curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Attach a cover letter. The cover letter will serve as your personal statement or letter of interest, summarizing your training background, areas of particular strength and interest, and describing how you plan to use the skills acquired during the fellowship in your future career.
  • Attach a copy of your USMLE scores in writing sample 1 and your ECFMG certification in writing sample 2, if applicable.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation, including one from radiology residency program director. Letters should come from those persons who are familiar with your recent training and current professional activities. Please have your references sent directly to our Fellowship Coordinator, Nicole Vaughan (contact information below).


Applications from graduates of non-US radiology programs are considered on a case-by-case basis if the duration of the completed training is at least five years including one year of clinical training. Please note however that for international graduates at least one of the recommendation letters has to be from a US radiologist or US institution.

A personal interview is required for all applicants, acceptance into the program will be on a rolling basis. In the case of exceptional circumstances, interviews can be scheduled at national meetings (RSNA, ARRS, SAR).

Our Commitment

Recognizing the personal commitment required to extend your training and improve your skills, we are firmly committed to providing leading-edge instruction and helping you achieve success in diagnosing and treating disease. Finally, it is our responsibility to help provide guidance in your job search and do our utmost to help you secure the position that’s right for you.


Nicole Vaughan
Faculty Coordinator
Ph 434-243-0881
Fx 434-982-6687


Afshan Ornan, MD
Program Director, Abdominal Imaging Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Radiology


[For US Postal service delivery]

University of Virginia
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Box 800170
Charlottesville, VA  22908

[Physical address (for all other forms of delivery)]

University of Virginia
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
1215 Lee Street
Charlottesville, VA  22908


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