The Musculoskeletal Imaging fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a one-year, non-ACGME-accredited program. This training program focuses on musculoskeletal MRI but also provides excellent exposure to musculoskeletal radiography, CT, ultrasound, arthrography/injections, image-guided-bone and soft-tissue biopsy. The department and affiliated clinical sites have state-of-the-art equipment and strong collaborative working relationships with the departments of orthopedic surgery and rheumatology, offering fellows in this program excellent exposure to clinical care in a range of areas, including orthopedic trauma from two level 1 trauma centers, sports medicine, joint replacement, arthritis, and orthopedic oncology service. Musculoskeletal fellows are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the team’s clinical and academic work. Musculoskeletal faculty are all members of the Society of Skeletal Radiology.
The musculoskeletal radiology fellows are part of the teaching faculty and are responsible for the musculoskeletal component for the IU School of Medicine Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. This involvement offers fellows an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience. The musculoskeletal radiology team trains three to four diagnostic radiology residents rotating each month on the musculoskeletal service. In addition, the musculoskeletal imaging team is responsible for the one-month radiology rotation for residents in orthopedic surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation. The musculoskeletal fellows present the imaging at the multidisciplinary rheumatology case conferences.
The musculoskeletal radiology program supports the strong emphasis on joint replacement in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Excellent sports medicine exposure is achieved through outreach programs and affiliation with the National Institute of Fitness and Sport. Musculoskeletal imaging fellows must complete at least one research project during their fellowship year. They are required to present their research projects at the department’s annual Campbell-Klatte conference in the spring.
The musculoskeletal team in the IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences provides services for two Level-1 trauma centers, a cancer center, a county hospital, two outpatient orthopedic sports centers, academic medical centers, and community health centers. The section interprets musculoskeletal MRI, radiography, CT and ultrasound and performs arthrography, joint injections and image-guided bone and soft-tissue biopsies. Regular multidisciplinary conferences are held in musculoskeletal oncology (weekly), rheumatology (twice monthly) and sports medicine/arthroscopy (monthly).