Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship Program
SAUSHEC Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship is a 1-year fellowship program. Training in musculoskeletal ultrasound is available to all fellows in this program. The program is fully AGGME accredited and accepts 2 fellows per year (1 AF and 1 Army or 2 applicants from either the Army or the AF), depending upon future needs of the respective services. Applications are accepted from all active duty (field) applicants as well as residents in the 4th year of their diagnostic radiology residency (AF) or third year of diagnostic residency (Army). The Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) is the DoD's only Level 1 trauma center. Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) is the Air Force's largest outpatient center. Together they comprise the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS), providing breadth and depth to each radiologic subspecialty. BAMC also houses the pre-eminent burn center for the US military, the Center for the Intrepid, and Institute of Surgical Research. Over 300,000 examinations are performed at the two institutions making the parent SAUSHEC radiology program the largest in the Armed Services. Our robust faculty includes a core faculty of six musculoskeletal radiology trained radiologists as well as multiple fellowship trained radiologists in neuroradiology, MRI, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and pediatric radiology. Our fellows rotate through both BAMC and WHASC, gaining experience in both inpatient and outpatient musculoskeletal radiology practice. Funded TDYs include attendance at a musculoskeletal radiology conference and presentation of any first author research in the form of educational exhibits or podium presentations. Video teleconferences (VTC) are conducted at 3 times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between BAMC and WHASC which share cases, lectures, and radiologic expertise between the 2 centers. The curriculum covers core musculoskeletal radiology topics in all the subspecialties, focusing on one portion of the musculoskeletal system or modality each month. To remain current in all areas, fellows are encouraged to attend daily morning case conferences (0715-0800) which are organized to cover all the disciplines in radiology over the course of 13 academic months. Additional radiology conferences in which the fellow will attend include MRI club, journal club and interdisciplinary case conferences between the Orthopedic Surgery and Rheumatology services. A wide range of opportunities for clinical research exist. Physics education occurs throughout the course of the fellowship and includes the principles of ALARA, the latest Joint Commission guidelines for tracking and reducing medical radiation and MRI physics and safety.
SAUSHEC offers two additional fellowship training programs in radiology to include nuclear medicine and emergency radiology. The musculoskeletal radiology fellow will rotate and receive training from the staff of these programs when there are overlaps in the curriculum