Women's Radiology (Breast Imaging) Fellowship


Margaret Szabunio, MD, FACR, FAAWR
Professor, Department of Radiology, Surgery & Biomedical Engineering 
Division Chief, Women's Radiology 
Associate Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Care Center
Program Director, Women's Radiology Fellowship

The University of Kentucky Department of Radiology is proud to offer a fellowship in Women’s Radiology/Breast Imaging. This non-ACGME accredited fellowship is a one-year program and offers one fellowship spot per year.

OUR BREAST IMAGING CENTER
The University of Kentucky Department of Radiology provides women’s radiology services at the Markey Comprehensive Breast Care Center (CBCC) located on the Chandler Medical Center campus. The Comprehensive Breast Care Center is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology, accredited in Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, Breast MRI, and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. It is the first health care provider in Kentucky, and one of the first in the United States, to offer tomosynthesis. This leading-edge technology is the next level in breast imaging and has revolutionized how breast cancer is detected.

OUR TRAINING PROGRAM
The ultimate goal of the Women’s Radiology Fellowship Program is to fully prepare fellow graduates to assume the role of lead interpreting physician in any breast imaging facility. Training includes all aspects of breast imaging including screening and diagnostic mammography with tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and interventional procedures, including percutaneous procedures (stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided core biopsies, vacuum assisted biopsies, cyst aspirations, fine needle aspirations, and needle localizations). Fellows also have the opportunity to spend elective time in Breast Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Therapy, and Breast Pathology.

The Women’s Radiology fellow plays an important role in the multidisciplinary approach to breast care and actively participate in multidisciplinary conferences, resident and medical student teaching, as well as clinical research and quality improvement. In support of these pursuits, fellows are provided with faculty mentorship, instruction in research design/analytic methods, and one-half day of dedicated academic time per week, on average. Fellows are also provided with the opportunity to attend a national scientific meeting (fully funded) and are expected to submit at least one journal manuscript during the fellowship year.

Specific learning objectives include:

  1. Obtain subspecialty expertise in the protocoling and interpretation of all aspects of breast imaging including screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, tomosynthesis and interventional procedures, including percutaneous procedures (stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided core biopsies, vacuum assisted biopsies, cyst aspirations, fine needle aspirations, and needle localizations).
  2. Learn the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of breast cancer.
  3. Communicate effectively with patients, including how to recommend biopsy, how to explain a cancer diagnosis, and how to develop sensitivity to patients’ emotional needs.
  4. Interact proficiently with surgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists in providing multidisciplinary care.
  5. Be familiar with federal accreditation and regulatory roles in breast imaging including peer review standards and quality control measures.
  6. Be involved in all aspects of the Department’s academic and research activities, including the teaching of medical students and residents and participation in scholarly/research/quality improvement projects.

SALARY & BENEFITS
The Department of Radiology provides a competitive salary, leave, insurance and benefits package, including an education fund, full-funding to attend a national meeting, academic time to participate in research/scholarly activities, and more.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Lexington is a great place to live, work and raise a family. It has the all the amenities of a large city but still manages to preserve that warm, small-town feel. There are sprawling horse farms, walking and biking trails and parks. The famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail is also worth exploring. Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park are must-see attractions. Downtown Lexington is home to a vibrant theatre district, high-end eateries and restaurants as well as the nationally famous Rupp Arena. If you enjoy sports, particularly basketball, football, and equestrian games/racing, there is no better place to be.

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HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please submit the following materials to Margaret Szabunio, MD, Women’s Radiology Fellowship Program Director, c/o Sally Jones, Medical Education Specialist, at sallyajones@uky.edu.

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Completed SBI Universal Application for Fellowship
  3. Medical school transcript
  4. Medical school dean’s letter (MSPE)
  5. A letter of recommendation from the Program Director of your Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
  6. Two additional letters of recommendation
  7. Personal statement
  8. USMLE (and/or COMLEX) transcripts: Steps 1, 2CS, 2CK, and 3
  9. If applicable, ECFMG certificate
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