Neuroradiology Fellowship

About the Program

The Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is a program that offers all of its positions through the NRMP Fellowship Match. We currently have 4 fellows in training. Get further information on the application process regarding the NRMP match, and additional information about radiology fellowships participating in the match.

UI Hospitals & Clinics is a beautiful, state-of-the-art, 734-bed tertiary care center located in the Big 10 community of Iowa City, Iowa. It is closely allied with a 200-bed Veterans Affairs Hospital on the same campus. Both hospitals serve as major referral centers for the Midwest. The Department of Radiology at UI Hospitals & Clinics consists of 60 staff physicians and researchers, 14 fellows, and 34 residents. There are currently 10 faculty members in Neuroradiology, including three physicists.

Our areas of expertise and research cover all aspects of our subspecialty including 3D-MDCT, DTI/tractography, DWI/ADC, and spectroscopy. A review of our faculty CVs will attest to our high visibility at various national meetings (ASNR, ASHNR, ASSR, RSNA, ARRS, ISMRM) and our publication activity.

We currently offer four, one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowships in Neuroradiology. Second-year fellowships are available (Fellow-Associates) to the interested candidate who wishes to further develop skills and research for careers in academic neuroradiology.

Those completing a two-year fellowship would be eligible for Senior Membership in the American Society of Neuroradiology and may apply to take the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) administered by the American Board of Radiology (depending upon the type of pre-fellowship training).

Last year approximately 322,000 examinations were performed at UI Hospitals & Clinics, of which 37,925 were neuroradiology examinations.

The one-year fellowship offers experience in all areas of diagnostic neuroradiology:

  • Plain radiographs
  • CT
  • CTA
  • MR (including DWI, DTI, spectroscopy, CSF flow studies)
  • MRA
  • CT/MR perfusion studies
  • Myelography
  • Catheter angiography
  • Percutaneous diagnostic procedures (ESI, facet injection, biopsies, sialography, etc.)

We have a fully integrated voice-recognition/PACS system enabling our referring clinicians to view studies on their own computers via the Hospital Information System. Our reading rooms, located in our MR center, are also equipped with Vitrea (2) and e-film workstations.

We collaborate extensively with our Nuclear Medicine colleagues, often jointly interpreting the contrast-enhanced PET/CT head and neck studies. We currently have two PET/CT scanners.

Fellows have combined office space in the MR center with six cubicles, separate computers, and an up-to-date "fellow library" of books. (There is also a small refrigerator and microwave in the office!) Call is one week in four. There is no in-house call but fellows read in-house with staff on weekends, generally from 8AM-noon, Saturdays and Sundays. Fellows receive one academic day each week (dependent upon staffing needs) and are expected to participate in a research project. Fellows are encouraged to prepare material for presentation at a national meeting. Fellows will be expected to assist in teaching of medical students and residents rotating on the Neuroradiology Service and to attend weekly conferences:

Monday: Journal Club (monthly) 
Tuesday: Neuropathology (weekly at 7 a.m.)
  Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly at noon)
Wednesday: Resident/Fellows Case Conference (weekly at 7 a.m.)
  Fellows physics lectures (three times per month at noon) provided by our physicists
  Neurosurgery Conference (weekly at 5 p.m.)
Thursday: Fellows Case Conference (weekly at noon)
  Neuroophthalmolgy Conference (monthly at 5 p.m.)
Friday: ENT Multidisciplinary Tumor Board (weekly at 7 a.m.)
  Neuroradiology Section Meeting (monthly or PRN at noon)
  Pediatric Neuroradiology Case Review (weekly at 1:15 p.m.)

We are very fortunate to work and be associated with many nationally ranked departments and many outstanding referring physicians in Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology named to the list of Best Doctors®. Enjoy the cultural offerings of a major university community, the excitement of Hawkeye athletics, low crime, an outstanding public school system, and excellent housing opportunities, many within 5 minutes of the medical center.

Malpractice insurance is provided through the State of Iowa at no charge. The yearly stipend is competitive with other comparable programs.

ACGME Program Requirements for GME in Neuroradiology


Medical Licensure

Residents must apply for a license to practice in Iowa from the Iowa Board of Medicine at least three months (but no more than six months) prior to the start date of training.  Residents are prohibited from practicing in the State of Iowa without proper licensure.  For more information, please visit the GME's Medical Licensure website.


Benefits, Stipends and Contracts

Benefits offered by University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics are competitive with other top training programs in the country.  Benefits include:

Stipends are also comparable to other top training programs in the country and in keeping with the cost of living in Iowa.

Contracts are issued to house staff each year until training concludes, and promotion at the end of each year is granted based on demonstrated clinical competence and professional growth.  House staff members who do not meet standards for promotion to the next level of training may require remedial action, as deemed appropriate by the Program Director.


How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All of our positions are offered through the NRMP Fellowship Match. Get further information on the application process regarding the NRMP match and additional information about radiology fellowships participating in the match.

The following materials are required as part of your ERAS application to be considered a completed application:

  • Completed ERAS application.
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Copies of transcripts for USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement:
    • Summary of your training background, areas of particular strength and interest, and a brief description of how you would hope to utilize and apply your fellowship training
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters should come from persons familiar with your recent training and current professional activities. 

For additional information, please contact Courtney Bork at

After your application is complete, it will be reviewed and a decision made regarding an invitation to interview.

Criteria for Candidacy

Qualified applicants must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited residency program, an AOA-approved residency program, a program with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty Accreditation, or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency program located in Canada.

We will also consider FMG applicants certified by Educational Commission For Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) who demonstrate exceptional qualifications above and beyond their peers.

Our People

Radiology faculty, fellow, and resident physicians

Our people are the heart of our program.  At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.  Our faculty and staff are committed to helping you achieve your training goals.

Division Faculty

Program Director

Bruno Policeni

Bruno Policeni, MD, MBA

Clinical Professor
Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program

Neuroradiology Division Faculty