How to Apply: Fellowships in Angiography and Interventional Radiology
Please note: All Angiography and Interventional Radiology Fellowship positions starting July 2013 have been filled. We are currently accepting applications for 2014. Our fellowship participates in the NRMP match. Please check the NRMP website for interview and match information.
How to Apply
Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in diagnostic radiology. We participate in the Vascular/Interventional Radiology Fellowship Match administered by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Our program is certified to accept up to five fellows per year.
Minimum qualifications for the fellowship include successful completion of an accredited four-year diagnostic radiology residency and board certification by the ABR or equivalent, and the ability to obtain a license to practice medicine in Virginia. Applications are accepted November 1st through mid-February. Typically, candidate interviews begin in late winter/early spring with the applicant's program rankings due early summer (a personal interview is required unless exceptional circumstances warrant). Radiology residents who want to begin a fellowship immediately following the completion of their residency should apply in the late fall/early winter of their 3rd year of radiology residency.
International medical graduates are welcome to apply to our fellowships. Fellows are selected on the basis of their medical training, general and academic achievements, and personal qualities. No preference is given to any particular medical school or geographic area, nor is race, sex, or national origin a consideration. International applicants need to have a permanently validated ECFMG certificate and have passed USMLE Step 3.
Applicants should register with NRMP and follow their calendar/timeline. Applications for the fellowship will be accepted through February 10, 2013. Offers for personal interviews will be made upon completion of the application, so we encourage prompt submission.
The following documents should be sent to our fellowship coordinator:
- The Universal Fellowship Application (PDF) designed by the Association of Program Directors in Radiology
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Personal statement or letter of interest summarizing your training background, areas of particular strength and interest, and describing how you would hope to utilize and apply your medical training
- Three current letters of recommendation, including one from your radiology residency program director; letters should come from those persons who are familiar with your recent training and current professional activities. Please instruct reference individuals to mail their letters of recommendation directly to Terry Johnson (contact information below)
- Dean's letter from medical school (optional)
- 2 X 2 photograph for identification (recommended)
- USMLE and/or LMCC scores (photocopies will suffice)
- ECFMG certification (if applicable)
Please send your completed application and supporting documents listed above to:
[For US Postal service delivery]
University of Virginia
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
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
All fellows will rotate through the call-pool with his/her supervising faculty staff. Call will be, on average, every 4-5th night except during the holidays and during national meetings attended by fellow and residents. Fellows will leave at noon the day after call unless specific request made from faculty to remain in department.
Fellows are provided with written evaluation of their performance four times during the program. The faculty performs evaluations of the fellows' performance at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months through New Innovations, an on-line system.
Anonymous evaluations by the fellows of the program are completed annually, and faculty are anonymously evaluated quarterly. Faculty are evaluated using a numerical scoring system on a wide variety of clinical, teaching and research skills.
Salary, Benefits, and Academic Stipend
Our fellows receive an annual salary that is competitive with compensation 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.
Vacation and Leave Policy
Our fellows have 15 days of vacation time (plus one week at Christmas or New Years), and 3 days of meeting time to be spent at national Radiology meetings.
Fellows have combined office space with several cubicles, separate computers, and an up-to-date "fellow library" of books.
Overall Program Goals
To provide Interventional Radiology Fellows with an organized, comprehensive, supervised, full-time educational experience in interventional radiology including the ability to provide consultation and case selection, perform the full array of vascular and interventional procedures, identify and manage potential complications, provide appropriate pre-procedure care, and assist in long-term management integrated with the clinical management of referring physicians.
- Establish a firm foundation of clinical knowledge and technical expertise upon which to base further personal development in the field of vascular and interventional radiology
- Develop familiarity with the signs and symptoms of disease entities amenable to the diagnosis with vascular imaging and treatment by interventional radiology techniques
- Develop an understanding of the pathophysiology and natural history of the disease processes frequently encountered in this subspecialty and the medical, surgical, and interventional radiologic treatment alternatives for these various disorders
- Develop an understanding of common Interventional Radiology research methods and study design as well as common pitfalls to clinical research
- Learn to perform and skillfully implement the clinical and technical aspects of these procedures to maximize safe utilization
- Develop expertise at interpreting diagnostic and interventional radiologic studies and providing consultation to clinical services
- Understand Doppler Ultrasound, Pulse Volume Recordings, CTA, MRA, and angiography and how they are best used for diagnostic evaluation
- Develop a complete understanding of the fundamentals of radiation physics, radiation biology, and radiation protection as they relate to interventional radiology
- Serve as a learning resource for medical students, residents, and ancillary medical staff and become actively involved with teaching of residents
- Become intimately involved with and develop an understanding of the pre-procedure evaluation and post-procedure care of patients undergoing diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures. The fellows must develop the attitude that they are involved in a patient’s care once they are consulted
- Develop the habit of routinely surveying the medical literature and using this knowledge in patient care. This should be done before any type of procedure or with any clinical presentation with which you are not completely familiar
- Develop a bedside manner that meets the needs of patients and provides a thorough patient assessment
- Demonstrate a knowledge of and attitude for ethical practice
- Have consistently professional behavior and good communication skills
In addition to these objectives, the fellows must demonstrate competency in each of the following six categories of objectives, as defined by the ACGME. These competencies will be evaluated through (1) the use of quarterly competency check-off cards, (2) quarterly simulated patient testing, (3) daily interaction with patients, staff and attending physicians (as recorded in evaluation forms by these three groups), (4) their case log, and (5) their personal learning portfolio.
Fellows must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. House staff is expected to:
- Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families
- Gather essential and accurate information about their patients seen in consultation, prior to procedures, or in follow-up
- Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
- Develop and carry out patient management plans
- Counsel and educate patients and their families
- Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education
- Perform competently all medical and invasive procedures considered essential for the area of practice
- Provide health care services aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health
- Work with health care professionals, including those from other disciplines, to provide patient-focused care
Fellows must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. Fellows are expected to:
- Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations commonly seen in Interventional Radiology
- Know and apply the basic and clinically supportive sciences which are required for Interventional Radiology
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Fellows must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices. Fellows are expected to:
- Analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology
- Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems
- Obtain and use information about their own population of patients and the larger population from which their patients are drawn
- Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness
- Use information technology to manage information, access on-line medical information, and support their own education
- Facilitate the learning of students and other health care professionals
Interpersonal and Communications Skills
Fellows must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients families, and professional associates. Fellows are expected to:
- Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients
- Use effective listening skills and elicit and provide information using effective nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills
- Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group
Fellows must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Fellows are expected to:
- Demonstrate respect, compassion, and integrity; a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supersedes self-interest; accountability to patients, society, and the profession; and a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development
- Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent, and business practices
- Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients’ culture, age, gender, and disabilities
Fellows must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value. Fellows are expected to:
- Understand how their patient care and other professional practices affect other health care professionals, the health care organization, and the larger society and how these elements of the system affect their own practice
- Know how types of medical practice and delivery systems differ from one another, including methods of controlling health care costs and allocating resources
- Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care
- Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities
- Know how to partner with health care managers and health care providers to assess, coordinate, and improve health care and know how these activities can affect system performance
We realize that your choice of a Vascular Interventional Fellowship is difficult and that considerations include the academic program, faculty, work environment, geographical location and other personal issues. We also recognize the personal commitment it takes on your part to extend your training and improve your skills. Please know that we take your commitment seriously and commit to train you as best we know how. Finally, it is our responsibility to help guide you in your job search and to do everything we can so that you obtain the job of your choice.
Wael E. Saad, MD.
Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor of Radiology
Division of Angiography & Interventional Radiology
John F. Angle, M.D.
Director of Angiography & Interventional Radiology
Professor of Radiology
Division of Angiography & Interventional Radiology
The Angiography and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at the University of Virginia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.