The Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship in the Diagnostic Imaging division is a 12-month program. With 2 fellows learning from 10 Musculoskeletal Imaging faculty members, the fellows are offered extensive clinical and academic research experience consisting of ten 4-week blocks at MD Anderson Cancer Center, two blocks at Memorial Hermann Hospital and one at Houston Methodist. Fellows are provided academic time to participate in
multidisciplinary tumor board conferences and research activities.
State of the art equipment includes:
- 38 CT scanners
- 31 MRI scanners
- 9 PET/CT scanners
- 1 PET/MRI scanner
The Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) allows for true bench-to-clinic research with highly trained medical/ research professionals and dedicated research imaging equipment.
- Educate fellows in the interpretation of radiography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine/PET and ultrasound examinations of the musculoskeletal system.
- Educate fellows in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using fluoroscopic, ultrasound, CT and MRI guidance.
- Educate fellows in the biology, treatment and complications of neoplastic and acquired musculoskeletal diseases.
- Provide an opportunity for clinical education and academic research using the material and resources of the core institutions.
The Diagnostic Radiology Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship is a 12-month training program.
The trainee will spend his or her time primarily at MD Anderson, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology (6 months, including three months of elective), one Interventional Radiology, two at Hermann Memorial for musculoskeletal and emergency radiology rotations, and one at Houston Methodist for musculoskeletal. The clinical modalities of radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine/PET and SPECT will be used as tools in the accomplishment of musculoskeletal radiology training by the appropriate faculty in the respective department within the Division of Diagnostic Imaging and its affiliated program. In CT and MRI, responsibilities will include protocol design for patient studies and occasional monitoring of studies for patient safety and diagnostic accuracy. The dictated reports will all be reviewed by a faculty member. Graded responsibility will be given over the year for the consultation service with clinicians. In addition, expectations for the number of cases prepared and interpreted will increase over the year. After sufficient training and demonstration of acceptable level of proficiency, the fellow will perform modality specific guided needle biopsies and procedures under the direct supervision of faculty.
Musculoskeletal Radiology faculty at MD Anderson, Hermann Memorial and Houston Methodist, along with Interventional Radiology, Body Imaging and Nuclear Medicine faculty will provide supervision on clinical material interpreted and procedures performed by the trainee. Procedures will initially be closely supervised by the appropriate subspecialty faculty; however, it is expected that less faculty involvement will be required as the year progresses.
The trainee will spend time preparing for weekly clinical conferences; i.e. reviewing images and clinical data with the faculty assigned to that conference as well as attending and/or presenting at the conference. The Orthopaedic, Myeloma, Pediatrics, Radiology-Pathology, and Sarcoma conferences as well as the weekly Bone Club have been chosen as the fellows’ responsibility, and the trainees will rotate through all during the year.
The trainee is responsible for “call” on a rotating basis, but no more frequently than every third or fourth weekend. This involves coverage of all Emergency CT, US exams, CT Head and Neck. All trainees in Diagnostic Radiology will participate in the on-call pool.
Trainees must have completed an ACGME approved (or equivalent) residency training program in Diagnostic Radiology. All trainees must be able to obtain an appropriate permit or license issued by the Texas Medical Board. Foreign applicants must be board certified in their country of origin and must have received ECFMG certification. Applicants must have received USMLE certification (or equivalent) and passed Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS (if applicable), and 3.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have U.S. permanent residency status at the time of application.
Each applicant is reviewed by the program director of musculoskeletal radiology with the consultation of other faculty members in the department. Top applicants, chosen on the basis of their credentials and letters of recommendation, are invited for a formal interview.
Interviews will take place over a half day and include participation of the staff. Applicants have the opportunity to meet with faculty and current fellows. The final selection of fellows is made in a series of joint meetings of all staff members.
How to Apply
The Musculoskeletal Radiology fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program Specialties Matching Service. The match is sponsored by the Society of Skeletal Radiology.
Applications will be accepted for academic year 2025-2026 starting November 1, 2023.
Submit your MSK Radiology Fellowship application.
Required application documents for preliminary review:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE and/or Complex transcript
- Three additional letters of recommendation (one from current residency program director)
- Personal statement
- Recent photograph
- Interviews will be required
Additional documents for foreign medical school graduates:
Note: Documents in a language other than English must be submitted with certified translation.
- ECFMG certificate
Additional documentation may be required before a candidate can be appointed.
Sample contract for prospective trainees
View a sample contract for prospective trainees.
Benefits at MD Anderson
Compensation: GME Stipend Levels
Vacation: 4 weeks per year with flexibility on choice of vacation time.
Fitness Facilities: Free access to the 16,000 square foot institutional fitness center with strength-training cardiovascular equipment, yoga, spin and group exercise rooms. Free group classes are offered in person, live on Zoom, and On Demand. Personal trainers are normally available for a fee.
Benefits: Complete benefits package that includes medical, dental and disability insurance, a parking subsidy, institutional cell phone and laptop. Please see Graduate Medical Education Trainee Manual for full details.
Parental/Family Leave: In concordance with ACGME requirements, we provide up to six weeks of paid parental and family leave during training.
Tobacco restrictions: MD Anderson is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program, please be advised that MD Anderson has instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. Read more on the Information for GME Applicants page.
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Life in Houston
MD Anderson is located in the world’s largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center. In addition, Houston is the fourth-largest and most diverse city in the United States, with something to offer for everyone. Read more about why you should choose Houston.
Facts about Houston
- Fourth most populous city in the United States with an estimated 2.3 million residents in the city limits and more than 6 million living in the Greater Houston metro area.
- Houston has the fourth-largest economy in the country with a nominal gross area product of $522.9 billion.
- The Greater Houston area boasts the third-lowest cost of living among the top 20 most populous metro areas in the country.
- Two major award-winning airports serve the Houston area: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Together they provide nonstop service to 190 domestic and international destinations on 25 airlines.
- Houston ranked #11 in America’s Best Cities in 2020, list.
- Houston has a vibrant visual art and performance arts culture and is a mecca with hundreds of institutions that showcase artistic expression, history, culture, nature, and science including:
- Houston Museum of Fine Arts Houston
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Houston Ballet
- Houston Symphony
- Houston Grand Opera
- Alley Theatre
- Asia Society Texas Center
- Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Holocaust Museum Houston
- Houston Zoo
- Menil Collection
- Houston Museum of African American Culture
- And many others.
- Houston has many prized sports teams with world-class teams including:
- 14 major institutions of higher learning (and others)
- The fourth most populous city in the country also has the fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Twenty-two companies in the Houston area are on the 2020 Fortune 500 list.
- Parks and Recreation
- Culinary capital of the world! Eat your way through Houston.
Facts about the Texas Medical Center
- Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. About 106,000 people work within its facilities including close to 22,000 at MD Anderson alone. TMC is also building a new world-class life science campus called TMC3, a first-of-its-kind translational research initiative.
- Altogether, 7.2 million patients visit Texas Medical Center institutions each year, with MD Anderson recording more than 1.3 million outpatient clinical visits, treatments and procedures.
Read more about why Houston is a great place to live and work.
Department of Diagnostic Imaging - Education
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1476
Houston, TX 77030
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.