INTRODUCTION – EMERGENCY RADIOLOGY FELLOWSHIPS
Welcome to the Emergency Radiology Fellowship website. Whether you are a medical student, resident, current fellow or have finished radiology training, this site will provide comprehensive information about Emergency Radiology Fellowships. Specifically, the website will review:
· The current application, interview, and offer cycle for Emergency Radiology fellowships.
· Provide a list of all Emergency Radiology fellowship programs in the US and Canada, and direct you to individual program websites for further information.
· Present a standard Emergency Radiology Fellowship Curriculum.
· This and other areas of the American Society of Emergency Radiology website will provide educational materials intended to help you gain or refine expertise in the practice of Emergency Radiology.
Increasing demand for contemporaneous 24/7 diagnostic radiology coverage along with sustained increases in Emergency Department patient volumes has resulted in rapid growth in the demand for Emergency Radiologists both in academic and private practice. Emergency Radiology emphasizes rapid turn-around-times which allows appropriate patient management and timely disposition. Our specialty focuses on providing imaging care for acutely ill and traumatized patients, and we work closely with Emergency Medicine Physicians, Acute Care (trauma) Surgeons, and other providers.
Emergency radiologists have a wide spectrum of imaging expertise focused on imaging the acutely ill or traumatized patient. An Emergency Radiologist’s skill sets can be broadly divided into three spheres: trauma imaging, non-trauma acute care imaging, and non-interpretative skills.
· Trauma Imaging: Trauma-based protocols, intimate knowledge of mechanism of injury, organ injury diagnosis and characterization, and appropriate utilization of resources in mass causality Incidents.
· Non-Trauma Acute Care Imaging: Wide spectrum head-to-toe imaging with a focus on acute conditions and what the referring provider needs to know for triage and treatment.
· Non-Interpretive Skills: Emergency Department imaging workflow and management, best practices and protocols, mass-casualty preparedness and response, advanced techniques (DECT, abbreviated rapid MR protocols, etc).
We also use specific techniques such as Primary Imaging Survey and Worklist triage to triage the sickest patients first and rapidly evaluate for life-threatening or surgical emergencies. More recently, Artificial Intelligence is being harnessed by Emergency Radiology to aid in imaging-triage.
Despite the growing demands of 24/7 coverage with rapid turn-around-times for acute care imaging, there continues to be a serious shortage of fellowship-trained Emergency Radiologists. Reviewing the American College of Radiology (ACR) Career Center over a 12-month period (May 2016-April 2017) 63 academic postings for Emergency Radiology positions were identified and an additional 470 non-academic Emergency Radiology job postings were found; 28 and 54 of these positions respectively specifically listed preference for ER fellowship training. These combined 82 available postings for ER fellowship trained Radiologists far exceed even a three-year supply of newly minted fellows. The ASER also has its own career center, which has additional available positions! Indeed, many of the most prestigious Emergency Radiology fellowships go unfilled. If you are interested in learning more about Emergency Radiology, please review this website.