The musculoskeletal fellowship is a one-year clinical program for two to four fellows. The fellows will have the opportunity to work closely under the guidance of Dr. Martin Lazarus, Radiology Consultant for the Chicago Bears and Northwestern athletic teams, as well as three other musculoskeletal trained radiologists. This one-year program in musculoskeletal imaging includes plain films, arthrography, percutaneous bone biopsy, CT, and MRI. Approximately 30-50 musculoskeletal MRIs and 5-10 CTs are performed daily. Images are interpreted on our GE PACS system at Evanston Hospital from six clinical 1.5 Tesla MR systems, open 0.7 and 0.3 Tesla MR systems, and eight CT scanners (including a 64-slice volume CT). Additionally, there are 2-3 arthrograms or other musculoskeletal interventional procedures daily.
MSK fellows will see a wide range of pathology with an emphasis on MRI and sports-related injuries. The fellows will also be involved in the care of elite athletes such as the Chicago Bears and Northwestern University athletic teams. MSK fellows will gain experience using the latest post-processing techniques using Vitrea and GE-ADW workstations in our new dedicated 3D lab. Opportunities are also available for clinical and basic research in our new 10,000 square foot radiology research facility with 1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla whole-body MR systems. The fellowship also includes participation in the motor skills lab in the Department of Orthopedics, which is a unique offering for NorthShore University HealthSystem Department of Radiology MSK Fellows. The fellows will receive hands-on training in state of the art arthroscopic techniques from leaders in the Orthopedic Field. The experience will increase their 3D anatomic understanding of major joints and further develop their confidence in MRI interpretation. The educational opportunities are enhanced by weekly orthopedic and rheumatology conferences as well as a monthly MRI-arthroscopy correlation conference.
There is ample flexibility for elective rotations in other areas of radiology. MSK fellows participate in the general radiology fellow call pool with the other MRI and body imaging fellows.