The primary educational method is direct participation in clinical work performed by our department in the focus areas of Pulmonary and Cardiac imaging. The trainee will be exposed to a volume and variety of cases to gain familiarity with the cardiac and thoracic diseases. The Cardiopulomary Imaging section benefits from strong collaboration with pulmonary, cardiothoracic surgery, surgical oncology, trauma surgery and cardiology with an opportunity to engage in various clinical teams, multi-disciplinary conferences and collaborative projects.
Fellows will receive classical training in chest radiography and chest CT interpretation. University of Cincinnati is home to experts on interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and cancer treatment. There is in addition a robust lung cancer-screening program. These various expertise are reflected in diversity and volume of imaging exams.
University of Cincinnati has the area's one-of-a-kind collaborative Cardiac CT and MRI program between Radiology and Cardiology. The fellows will spend one day a week in cardiac imaging where they will be expected to protocol cardiac imaging studies, attend imaging and participate in exam post-processing before read out. If interested, training in cardiac imaging may be in a dedicated 3-month block. Fellows will receive Level II certification in cardiovascular CT and MRI, by participating in required number of imaging exams.
Additional rotation options include two weeks rotation in advanced imaging (3-D) post-processing laboratory, interventional radiology and PET-CT.
- Core curriculum lectures in cardiopulmonary imaging
- Monthly Cardiac imaging case conference
- Interdisciplinary conferences with Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine
- Journal Review
Duties and Responsibilities
The fellows are given graduated responsibility throughout the year. Fellows rotate with staff members in covering the department during the workday and evening and weekend film reading. There is no night call. Participation in some general diagnostic radiology work helps to maintain competence and gain experience. The fellows participate in resident and medical student education.
- Fellows will have one-half day per week for academic pursuits.
- The fellow will be expected to participate in at least one mentored scholarly activity such as preparation of educational exhibits, reviews, book chapters and original research. This work would optimally progress to authorship of a manuscript, presentation at a national meeting and submission to a peer reviewed journal.
- Lecture/Presentation experience - The fellow will be encouraged to provide oral presentations at national meetings.
- QA project - Together with a designated faculty mentor, the fellow will be encouraged to participate in one QA project to be completed prior to the end of the fellowship year. This may be in lieu of or in addition to the research requirement.
Supervisory and patient care responsibilities:
- Consultative skills - Fellows will learn to perform imaging consultations with primary care physicians with increasing independence throughout the year. The fellows should learn to become leaders of the health care team with respect to thoracic or cardiac imaging of the patient.
- Conferences - The care of patients with cardiothoracic disease requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and fellows will actively engage in multidisciplinary conferences, work with other members of the health care team and lead the imaging discussion of the patient.
- Fellows will develop teaching skills during their training. Teaching activities may include teaching of medical students, residents, nurses and members of other medical disciplines. Fellows will provide one or more didactic lectures during their fellowship year.
- Teaching file - The fellow will contribute interesting cases to the cardiopulmonary teaching file.
- Evaluation of the fellow will be performed quarterly by faculty members by means of a standardized evaluation form.
- Fellows will meet quarterly with the Program Director to review a composite of faculty evaluations and to discuss their progress to date.
- At the end of the training program, the fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate the faculty as well as the overall effectiveness of the program in achieving its stated goals and objectives.