The Interventional Radiology Fellowship at UAB is an ACGME approved fellowship. We provide intensive training in a broad range of areas including diagnostic and interventional arteriography, dialysis access, venous access, biliary and urologic procedures. The program allows for fellows to act independently within a supervised framework providing a foundation for careers in either academic medicine or private practice.
Specific Goals for our fellows include:
We meet these objectives with:
Section of Interventional Radiology:
Our section provides diagnostic and interventional vascular services for both the University, Children's Hospital and the local Veteran's Affairs Hospital. UAB Hospital has a comprehensive cancer center and therefore we perform a large number of oncologic interventions including tumor ablation, transarterial chemoembolization and radioembolization. UAB also has an active liver center and therefore we see a high volume of biliary and TIPS cases. Our practice also includes drainages, transvenous biopsies, urologic and gastrointestinal interventions. We also have active dialysis access and venous access services. Image guided biopsies are performed by the abdominal imaging section. Our overall case volume is high with over 6500 procedures performed on 3800 patients last year. In addition to five full-time faculty, we have a full support staff of three physician assistants, seven radiology technologists, seven registered nurses, one licensed practical nurse, and two patient care technicians.
Fellowship Program Organization:
Four (4) ACGME accredited positions are available each year. Fellows are responsible for working up patients prior to procedures and following them afterwards. Procedures are usually performed by a fellow under supervision by the attending physician. Call responsibilities are every third week.
On many days, the fellows work with residents on their assigned service. Our residents are enthusiastic, motivated, and talented group who consistently enjoy working and learning from fellows. We expect our fellows to assist the faculty in supervising and teaching our residents, and hope that the fellows can act as role models for the residents. Many of our fellows have cited the quality of interaction with the residents as being a highlight of the fellowship.
The Vascular and Interventional Radiology procedure area consists of 4 angiography suites containing 3 state-of-the-art Phillips Allura Xper FD 20 and 1 angiography suite containing a Biplane Phillips Allura Xper FD 10/20 flat panel. The angiography suites are equipped with state-of-the-art electronic hemodynamic patient monitoring and documentation systems, PACS system, patient tracking visible on large plasma screens at 4 nurse's stations and in the procedure areas.
Patient preparation and recovery areas consist of reception and waiting area with 22 private rooms for outpatients; 26 stretcher bays for inpatients; and a dedicated space for outpatient consultations and minor procedures.
Time is available for research, and fellows are encouraged to become involved in projects during the fellowship year. UAB has a growing reputation for high quality research, being among the top 20 in NIH funding of all U. S. universities in 2008. Faculty in the Interventional Radiology section have many ongoing projects, and fellows may participate in those projects if they so choose. Supervision and guidance are also available to help fellows initiate new projects. The fellows' research activities often lead to scientific articles and presentations at national meetings. Though most research conducted in the department is clinical, extensive resources exist for a broad variety of research endeavors. In addition to our clinical faculty, we have a large physics group which includes a section of Imaging Informatics. Extensive computer and statistical resources are also available.
Teaching And Clinical Conferences:
Our faculty conducts informal viewbox teaching for the fellows; this is usually an extremely pleasant and rewarding experience. We also have a weekly Tuesday conference in which interesting and complex cases are discussed.
Each fellow is responsible for assembling teaching file cases and for giving two to three lectures over the course of the year. In fact, our residents have enjoyed past fellows' lectures so much, that they have frequently requested more fellow lectures on their didactic schedule. Fellows may also conduct board review sessions for senior residents.
After an initial orientation period, the interventional fellows will also attend and conduct any of several regularly scheduled interdepartmental clinical-radiologic case conferences. The conferences are held jointly with the divisions of gynecologic oncology, transplant surgery, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery, and GI surgery. These informative sessions are valuable opportunities for interacting with our referring clinicians
Salary, conference and vacation time, and fringe benefits are competitive with other fellowship programs. Vacation time is generally flexible. Our book and travel allowance for fellows is the same as for junior faculty, a quantity which exceeds that offered by most other programs.
We welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you. For more information, we encourage you to call, e-mail, or write to us.
Rachel F. Oser, M.D., Program Director | Shirley Levins, Program Coordinator