The curriculum for the Body Imaging fellowship includes rotations in body MRI, CT, US and body interventional with a mix of patient population from emergency, inpatient and outpatient settings, all of which see a high volume of cases daily. As a 1100-bed hospital with a level 1 trauma emergency room, there is no shortage of pathology.
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is a large surgical and oncological center, as well as a liver and kidney transplant center, which allows for exposure to many advanced imaging cases. Body Imaging division at Beaumont RO closely collaborates with many multidisciplinary clinics including Pancreas, GI and Liver clinic, Colorectal cancer clinic, Lung cancer clinic, Pulmonary nodule clinic, Interstitial Lung Disease clinic, and Women’s Urology clinic. There are many opportunities for the fellows to attend multidisciplinary tumor boards and conferences, most of which are held weekly.
At least 8 weeks of body interventional experience are included in the full Body Imaging fellowship. Body interventional service covers all CT and Ultrasound guided procedures including biopsy of lung, liver, kidney, lymph node, thyroid, abscess drainage, paracentesis, and thoracentesis. Fellows graduating from our program are well trained in ultrasound guided procedures and are competent in safely performing most procedures under ultrasound guidance.
Additional rotations include 3D-Lab experience, research, and electives. Those in combined Body fellowship pathways, will have a reduction in body imaging rotations to allow for 21 weeks of dedicated time in our Breast Imaging division, or 16 weeks of dedicated time in our Musculoskeletal Imaging / Nuclear Medicine/PET Imaging division.
As a non-accredited fellowship, at least 4 weeks (Mon-Fri) and 5 weekends (amount subject to change) are required to be spent on our Generals' service, where fellows independently function as junior staff, interpreting and/or staffing residents in reading adult plain radiographs. This requirement does demand that the radiology core exam is passed, and a permanent MI state medical license is obtained.
Weekend Body imaging call duty includes six weekend shifts throughout the fellowship (one of which is a holiday weekend of fellow’s choice). During the weekend call, body fellow works from 8 am to 4 pm with a faculty member. The number of weekend calls is adjusted for combined fellowship applicants.