Education & Training

Diagnostic Imaging Specialized Fellowship Programs

Body Imaging - Provides training in cross-sectional oncologic imaging, including CT, MRI, PET and ultrasound.

Breast Imaging- Clinical experience in screening and diagnostic mammography, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, breast pathology and interventional procedures. Applications for this fellowship are accepted beginning in July of each year.

Musculoskeletal Radiology - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Hospital and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital accepts two individuals for a one-year fellowship that offers extensive clinical and academic research experience in an integrated program.

Neuroradiology / Head & Neck - This educational program is for the second-year neuroradiology fellow interested in a dedicated year at MD Anderson for a comprehensive educational and research program of imaging for brain, spine, and head and neck tumors, including advanced imaging techniques.

Thoracic Oncologic Imaging - One individual per year is chosen for a one-year fellowship with extensive clinical experience in thoracic radiography, CT, MRI, and PET/CT, as well as an optional month of CT and US guided biopsies.

Vascular & Interventional Radiology - A one-year program with rotations through three Texas Medical Center hospitals. Trainees gain experience in several interventional applications, including angioplasty/stent, arteriograms, drainages, uterine artery embolization, chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation, biopsies and brachytherapy.

Additional fellowship program information may be found on MD Anderson's Graduate Medical Education site.

Physician-Scientist Advanced Scholar Program

The Physician-Scientist Advanced Scholar training program in Oncologic Imaging at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center pairs enthusiastic and talented young physician-scientists with established faculty mentors for an intensive two to three year experience specifically designed to promote innovative and transformative research in the field of oncologic imaging and therapy. 

The research experience is customized to match the interest and expertise of the applicant. At the end of the program, these physician-scientists are well poised to compete for NIH Grants and Funding such as K01s (Mentored Research Scientist Development Award) and K99s (Pathway to Independence Award) as they enter into an Assistant Professor position.

Research Residency Program

The Research Residency Program works in conjunction with the MD Anderson Physician-Scientist Advanced Scholar program and the University of Texas at Houston Medical School to promote physician researchers in Diagnostic Imaging. The program allows additional elective time for trainees who are committed to basic science or clinical research. Additional research funding is available before, during and after radiology residency.

For more information, please contact Randy Ernst, M.D., at or 713-563-0607.  

Imaging Physics Educational Opportunities

Medical Physics Graduate Program - Our CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Graduate Program offers the Specialized Master of Science degree and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston.

Imaging Physics Clinical Residency Program - Our CAMPEP-accredited Residency Program in Diagnostic Imaging Physics is a two-year clinical training program for medical physicists who intend to work in diagnostic imaging physics. We also offer a hybrid program, combining two years of postdoctoral research with the two-year residency training program. Both the residency and the hybrid program meet the clinical experience requirements of the American Board of Radiology for board certification.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Nanotechnology - The goal of this program is to train scientists who will transfer the great promise of nanotechnology into clinical reality. This novel training program educates future leaders in the broad field of nanotechnology with specific interests in cancer-related applications, who are keenly aware of the needs and demands of clinical environment as well as of major challenges of translational research.

Postdoctoral Fellowships - Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities are offered for talented scientists to enhance their research skills by collaborating with an individual faculty member to work on specific funded research projects for terms of up to five years.

Special Course Offerings

The department occasionally offers special courses that are of interest to practicing medical physicists.

A few of our recent courses are described below. Please inquire about future courses if you are interested in taking any of these topics.

Past special course offering brochures:

For more information about the Department of Imaging Physics educational opportunities, please contact Betsy Kindred at