The CHLA Pediatric Radiology Fellowship goal is to provide competence in all aspects of pediatric imaging. The program is also structured to foster research and teaching skills necessary for a successful career in Pediatric Radiology.
Over 130,000 examinations are performed annually in the Radiology Department, providing an ample volume of diverse cases for the educational benefit of trainees. We have a fully integrated Fuji PACS system and Powerscribe voice recognition dictation system. The department has three fluoroscopic rooms, eight general radiographic rooms, a 64 MSCT GE CT scanner, a Philips Gemini PET/CT scanner, a digital biplane angiographic room, a fully equipped nuclear medicine section with three gamma cameras (two with SPECT) and an orbiter, an ultrasound section with six modern scanners, and four MRI units, 1.5T GE Signa LX, a 1.5T Philips Achieva, a 3TX Philips Achieva and a 3T Philips Ingenia. Plans to have an operational SPECT/CT by the 2014-2015 academic year are underway. We currently have 11 full-time and 2 part-time Pediatric Radiologists on staff. Radiologists are also appointed faculty at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Ample research opportunities exist for fellow involvement. Fellows have access to the Saban Research Institute where approximately 100 physician-scientists and researchers are engaged in close to 200 active studies. The Saban Research Institute building also houses the Small Animal Imaging Research Center (SAIRC) at CHLA which maintains over 2,500 square feet of research and office/image analysis space. Preclinical research at CHLA is also conducted in the Smith Research Tower located next to the hospital, encompassing an additional 80,000 square feet of space solely devoted to research in basic sciences. The Children’s Hospital Imaging Research Program (CHIRP), under the direction of primary mentor Vicente Gilsanz, MD, PhD, is focused on using imaging technology in the study of pediatric diseases in the laboratory and in clinical practice. CHIRP has approximately 2,000 square feet of dedicated research space and houses a research-dedicated 3T Philips Ingenia.
The Pediatric Radiology fellowship is fully accredited by the ACGME, and is flexible in order to meet the needs and interests of each individual fellow. Two to three fellows are selected each year after interviews during the fall and winter of the preceding years. The ACGME accredited fellowship is one year in duration, with an optional second year depending on the fellow’s individualized training goals. The second year may be within pediatric radiology or pediatric neuroradiology.
A typical, one-year program will include training in all aspects of pediatric radiology. Fellows are assigned to rotations in the different areas: general pediatric radiology including plain film interpretation and fluoroscopic procedures, Body CT and MRI, Fetal MRI, Ultrasound, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Radiology, and Angio/Interventional. A one-month block is set aside for elective/research.
Departmental conferences include the following: daily lectures and conferences, monthly journal club, quarterly Radiology QA meetings and biannual Program Evaluation Committee meetings. Interdepartmental conferences include the following: IMFH (Institute of Maternal Fetal Health), Neuropathology, Soft Tissue Tumor, Rheumatology, GI, Cardiothoracic, ENT, Surgery, Urology, Brain Cutting, Tumor Board, and Core curriculum for quality improvement and patient safety.
The fellows are given half an academic day a week starting in September. This time is used to complete his/her mandatory scholarly activity and prepare for conferences and lectures.
Normal work hours are from 8am-5pm. All fellows will take call every other Thursday and one 24-hour Saturday call each month. The fellows will also cover one 24 hour shift over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Fellows receive four paid weeks off which can be used for vacation, meetings or conferences. Each fellow also receives a stipend for books and conferences. The fellow is fully sponsored for meetings in which they present original research. Limited housing is available for fellows wishing to live near the hospital.
To find out more about our program or to apply, please refer to the contact information below.