UW Radiology

Emergency Radiology Fellowship

Reasons to consider an Emergency Radiology fellowship at University of Washington:

  • Multi-site hospital setting that includes major trauma and referral centers with wide range of pathological cases
  • State of the art trauma and emergency imaging, including dual energy CT and coronary CTA
  • Immediate and tangible impact on acute clinical care
  • Elective time in other radiology subspecialties is encouraged
  • Incredibly nice faculty with collegial environment
  • Extensive opportunity to work with faculty with diverse research interests
  • Flexible clinical schedule that includes protected academic time for fellows
  • Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the US with boating, hiking, biking, and great summers and mild winters, and is self-described as a sanctuary city with a diverse immigrant community
  • 45 minutes to Snoqualmie Ski Resort (alpine and nordic skiing)
  • Extremely supportive fellowship program director
  • Emergency Radiology is a rapidly growing subspecialty within Radiology, with numerous job opportunities awaiting fellowship graduates
  • Our recent graduates have found success as Emergency Radiologists at academic programs, at community-based teaching programs, and in private practices across the country and world

Goals:

Provide practical, in-depth experience in the effective imaging of the acutely injured or ill patient. At the conclusion of the fellowship, trainees will have the requisite skills for either an entirely clinical practice setting or for academics.

Setting:

UW Emergency Radiology has long been centered at Harborview Medical Center (HMC).  Harborview is the sole Level I trauma and burn center for children and adults serving the states of Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. In addition to providing primary trauma, stroke, and emergency care for the greater Seattle area, HMC receives major referrals from approximately 25% of the geographic area of the United States. Our Emergency Radiology section is also currently expanding to provide coverage of the other emergency departments throughout the greater University of Washington (UW) Medicine enterprise, including the UW Medicine-Northwest Campus, an acute care, community-based hospital, and the UW Medicine-Montlake Campus, the tertiary care hospital specializing in cancer care, transplant services, high risk obstetrics and neonatal care, and other complex medical and surgical emergencies.  Emergency Radiology thereby serves an extensive and varied population base, which combined with the clinical and research resources of the University of Washington, provide the fellow with unparalleled clinical and academic opportunities. All of the physician staff are faculty of the University of Washington.

The HMC Emergency Radiology department is located in the center of the HMC Emergency Department, adjacent to the Emergency Physician work area, resuscitation rooms, and CT scanners. This facilitates rapid interactions with our clinical colleagues, especially during the management of critically injured patients.  Remote work access is also available during the COVID pandemic, to ensure the safety of our attending and trainee Radiologists and their families.

Overview:

  • Emergency Radiologists at Harborview Medical Center provide first-line coverage for imaging of all patients in the emergency/trauma center. Fellows protocol and interpret all imaging done in the emergency department from the patient’s head to toes.
  • Emergency Radiologists at Harborview Medical Center have also recently started providing remote first-line coverage for imaging of all patients in the emergency department at UW Medicine – Northwest campus, and is anticipated to provide some first-line coverage for imaging of patients in the emergency department at UW Medicine – Montlake campus over the next year or so.
  • Under supervision of the faculty, fellows will learn interpretation of digital computed radiography, computed tomosynthesis, and cross-sectional imaging, primarily CT and ultrasound, as they relate to care of the acutely ill or injured patient.
  • Fellows will be involved in coronary CTA and “triple rule out” CTA, including patient selection and preparation, exam acquisition, and image analysis.
  • Select studies are also performed routinely using dual energy CT, providing unique clinical and research opportunities during fellowship.
  • Fellows will also develop skills in the management of the busy and complex emergency radiology practice and will become experienced consultants for the other medical professionals in the emergency/trauma center.
  • Fellows will also participate in the daily emergency radiology section teaching sessions, as well as weekly trauma surgery and orthopedic interdisciplinary conferences. In the later phases of the program, fellows will also take on more responsibility for the teaching of residents and presentations at conferences.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to attend the annual UW Emergency Radiology course in Seattle, and are encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER).
  • Fellows receive formal and informal teaching from faculty throughout the year, including fellow book club and journal club. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend many of the resident lectures throughout the year, and will have access to our excellent library and multimedia materials, including recorded conferences.

Elective Time:

Elective time on other radiology subspecialties is encouraged. In recent years, fellows have spent periods in Neuroradiology, Chest Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology and Body Imaging within the University of Washington system.

Academic and research activities are a critical component of our department, and fellows are expected to participate fully in the ongoing academic activities of the section. With assistance from the Director and faculty, the fellow will complete at least one research project using appropriate research design and analytic methods. To enable fellows to gain practical skills in academic radiology, we will provide mentorship, academic instruction and dedicated academic time.

Faculty:

  • The Emergency Radiology section is under the direction of Associate Professor Joel Gross, MD, and consists of ten faculty members and two fellows.
  • The faculty have differing clinical and research interests, and thus complement each other. This assures a teaching faculty with a broad array of experience and expertise that serves to support a well-balanced educational program for the fellow in training.

Fellowship Director:

Claire K Sandstrom, MD

Contact:

Emergency Radiology Fellowship Coordinator
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359728
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
(206) 744-3561. FAX: (206) 744-8560
e-mail: Kevin Nguyen <nguyenk6@uw.edu>

Application Form

Click here for a downloadable application form.

Current Status:

We accept three fellows per year. We have one available position for 2021-2022, and will soon start accepting external applications for the fellowship year 2022-2023.

Requirements:

Applicants must have successfully completed a radiology residency by the start of their fellowship. They must also have passed their USMLE Step 3 exams prior to the start of their fellowship.

ABR Alternate Pathway

An alternate four-year pathway is available for international medical graduates. This pathway provides an opportunity to complete four years of radiology training and then become eligible to sit for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) board certification examinations. For more information about this opportunity see below:

ABR 4-Year Pathway at the University of Washington