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

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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.

 

FAQs

Where is Iowa City?

Iowa City is 220 miles directly west of Chicago on Interstate 80. It's also within a 4-5 hour drive to Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis. It has the cultural, educational, social and political opportunities of a bigger city with the values and ambiance of a Midwestern town. Its clean, safe, nothing is farther than a 15 minute car ride, it has a great city bus system (with bike racks!), wonderful parks, sports, schools and even sailing. Those who have lived here and left, frequently return because what they were looking for was in their own back yard. But we're not the only ones who think Iowa City is great:

  • No. 1 "Employment Destination for Young College Grads" - Small Metropolitan Cities (AIER.org, 2019)
  • No. 3 "Top 20 Best US Cities for College Grads" (Business Insider, 2019)
  • No. 4 "Top 100 Best Places to Live" (Livability.com, 2019)
  • UI Hospitals & Clinics ranked No. 15 in "America's Best Employers for Women" (Forbes, 2019) 
  • No. 9 out of "50 Best College Towns in America" (Bestcollegereviews.org, 2019)
  • No. 4 "Top 100 Best Places to Live" (Livability.com, 2018)
  • No. 1 "College Town in America" (Saturdaytradition.com, 2018)
  • Iowa No. 1 "Best States" (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
  • University of Iowa No. 10 "Nation's 25 Safest Universities" (ADT, 2018)
  • No. 2 "Top 100 Places to Live" (Livability.com, 2017)
  • Iowa City No. 9 Best Places to Live in Iowa (Niche.com, 2017)
  • No. 2 "25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs" (Entrepreneur.com, 2017)
  • No. 4 for "21 Super Cool US Cities, Ranked" (Expedia Viewfinder Travel Blog, 2017)
  • No. 5 for "20 Best College Towns in America" (Business Insider, 2017)
  • In top 50 of "Best Cities for Entrepreneurs" (Livability.com, 2016)
  • No. 5 "25 Healthiest Cities in America" (24/7 Wall St., 2016)
  • No. 9 "50 Best College Towns in America" (Best College Reviews, 2016)
  • Voted "Best in the Midwest" for "Best Places to Retire" (Time.com/money, 2016)
  • No. 9 "Top 100 Best Places to Live" (Livability.com, 2016)
  • No. 8 "Top 30 Small Cities" (Area Development Magazine, June 2015)
  • No. 6 "The 10 Smartest Cities in America" (MarketWatch.com, January 2015)
  • No. 1 "Best Employment Destination Index for Smallest Metro Areas" (AIER, 2015)
  • No. 10 "Top 100 Best Places to Live" (Livability.com, 2015)
  • No. 4 out of 20 "Top College Towns" (AIER, 2015)

How ethnically diverse are the patients?

Like a lot of university towns, we have a large international community. Growing cultural diversity is another reason Iowa City is an interesting place to live. Diversity is embraced and celebrated with city and university events, festivals, clubs and programs. We work hard to recruit and retain minorities with affirmative action policies. About 20% of Iowa Citians are non-white, which is reflected at about the same rate in our patients.

What’s the weather like in Iowa City?

It depends on what you like. For about two weeks every winter it's very cold and windy and for two weeks every summer it's really hot and humid. The rest of the time it's pretty nice. We have a lot of sunny days even in winter-166 per year. Our average snowfall is 28", average rainfall is 35", average temperature in the summer is 72.6 and in the winter, 23.7. We consider our weather character building.

What is there to do in Iowa City when you're not working?

There are 15 different festivals and art fairs, plus concerts and race events. There are many music venues, sports events and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks. We also have a really big mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, 9 golf courses, 6 public tennis courts, 6 public pools, some lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping and boating. There are bike trails, some famous bookstores, a ton of galleries and excellent museums. There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

There's ice skating, bowling, organized sports, 50 public parks, miniature golf, a great public library, a toy library, fun centers, swimming pools and 3 beaches, 9 museums including a children's museum, dance companies and public recreation centers that feature many activities for kids and families at little or no cost. We also have 20 movie screens and 50-licensed daycare providers. The Iowa City schools are perennially ranked among the top schools in the nation. Iowa City is unique in the facilities and services available for individuals with disabilities. Many families who have a family member with a disability are reluctant to leave Iowa City because they cannot duplicate those services in another location.

Are there any job opportunities for my spouse/significant other?

Yes, as of May 2019, Iowa City had an average of 2.1% unemployment. Also, check out University of Iowa's Dual Career Network.

Is there sufficient patient volume so that I can have multiple exposures to a variety of diseases and procedures?

Yes. As one of only a few tertiary care hospitals in the region, the Department of Radiology at UI Hospitals & Clinics offers unique imaging services to a broad range of patients from both within and outside the state of Iowa.

Procedures performed in FY2018
Total 331,040
Breast Imaging 14,030
CT 51,408
MRI 31,875
Nuclear Medicine 6,380
PET 4,958
US 24,322
X-ray 187,186

Is there an opportunity to do research?

Yes, there are opportunities to do research.

Do you sponsor visas?

Yes, we sponsor both J1 and H1 visas.

If you have additional questions please contact our program coordinator at courtney-bork@uiowa.edu.

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 courtney-bork@uiowa.edu.

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, MBA, MD

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
Director, Radiology Residency Program
Associate Director, Interventional Radiology - Integrated Residency Program

Neuroradiology Division Faculty