Cardiothoracic Radiology Division Fellowships

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The cardiothoracic radiology fellowship program is a 1 year training program. We offer a joint fellowship with the ACGME-accredited University of Colorado Denver (UCD). National Jewish Health consistently ranks as the top respiratory hospital in the country. UCD is the main academic and teaching institution for the Rocky Mountain Region. This fellowship offers extraordinary opportunities for continued learning, research and clinical interactions, designed to develop broad-based expertise in all forms of non-invasive cardiothoracic imaging and image processing. The program is non-ACGME and does not participate in the National Resident Matching Program.

At National Jewish Health there is a diverse population of outpatients with respiratory and cardiac disease, while at UCD there is a general population of patients requiring chest imaging studies, with particular emphasis on thoracic oncology, and cardiothoracic surgical issues. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be able to image all forms of chest and cardiovascular disease with appropriate tools and to answer clinical questions with confidence, a great degree of expertise and freedom.


Faculty and Interests 

The thoracic radiology section is internationally recognized for its expertise, and enjoys an equally high local reputation. The position offers daily interaction with a world-renowned cadre of radiologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, thoracic oncologists, and thoracic surgeons.

The faculty radiologists include Drs. David Lynch (Program Director), Peter Sachs (Program Co-Director), Nila Akhtar, John Armstrong, Jonathan Chung, Debra Dyer, Kavita Garg, Valerie Hale, and Joyce Schroeder.

The faculty cardiologists include Howard Weinberger, Kern Buckner, Brett Fenster, Andrew Freeman and Robert Quaife.

We have leadership roles in several multicenter studies, including NLST, COPDGene and IPFNet. Areas of interest of our group include interstitial lung disease, airways disease, asthma, emphysema, quantitative lung imaging, cardiology and screening for lung cancer. We have funded research projects in all of these areas and access to patient databases at National Jewish Health for research purposes. The Quantitative Imaging Laboratory (QIL) currently focuses on image analysis of radiologic CT images providing a wealth of research data in COPD, asthma and lung fibrosis.


Conferences and Mentorship

The fellow will participate actively in multi-disciplinary conferences dealing with pulmonary medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, interstitial lung disease, mycobacterial disease, occupational medicine and radiologic-pathologic correlation. Mentorship will be provided for completion of a research project.


Library Facilities

Library services and facilities are available through both institutions. Fellows have privileges at the Health Sciences Library at University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus and the Tucker Medical Library at National Jewish Health. Between the two libraries, fellows have online access to all major radiology journals, some electronic books, medical databases, and STATdx Radiology. Both facilities are conducive to quiet study and research, including WiFi connections for laptops. Librarians are available to consult on computerized MEDLINE searching and other publications issues. Article linking and full document delivery services are available. The National Jewish Health Imaging Department's own library complements these services with a comprehensive selection of imaging books, journals and teaching files.


Life in Denver 

Denver is close to numerous areas of outdoor recreation, including skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, rafting and hunting. It is less than 90 minutes from snow-skiing at five world-class resorts. It is the home of the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, as well as professional soccer, arena football and lacrosse teams. Denver residents also enjoy a rich selection of cultural activities including theatre, music, museums, dance and fine arts. Learn more about Denver.


Training Prerequisite

Fellows in our program must be a U. S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow them to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. In addition they must possess a full Colorado Medical License at the onset of their training.

Salary and benefits package are at the appropriate PGY level.

Applications are accepted beginning 21 months prior to expected start date of fellowship, eg: Sept. 2010 for July 2012 fellowship start date. Early applications are given priority.

Come join us for an educationally fulfilling and professionally rewarding year!

Please submit the application form (DOC) as well as any questions you may have to Tanya Mann, Fellowship Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

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