Breast Imaging

NewellEmory University offers a 1-year Breast Imaging Fellowship. The training curriculum includes the following:

  1. Interpretation of screening and diagnostic mammograms including digital tomosynthesis
  2. Performing and interpreting breast ultrasound exams
  3. Interpretation of breast MRI
  4. Attaining proficiency in breast interventional procedures including needle localizations, ultrasound-guided biopsy, MRI-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic biopsy (prone and upright units), and abscess drainage.

We follow the revised curriculum of the American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging. 

As imaging is the foundation for a multidisciplinary approach for breast care, the fellow will be integrated into the Emory Breast Health Care Team which includes breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast pathologists, and an array of nurse navigators, nurses, nurse practitioners, technologists and support staff. For all involved, empathetic, evidence-based patient care and interaction is emphasized and practiced. Breast imaging fellows will actively participate in weekly multidisciplinary breast conferences at all hospitals where they rotate.

The breast fellowship also involves teaching medical students and residents. Research opportunities are available and encouraged, and research time will be allocated to those with approved projects and demonstrable progress.

DIRECTOR: Mary S. Newell MD, Associate Professor of Radiology

Faculty

Faculty consists of a team of 12 dedicated breast imagers who have trained at different programs across the United States.  They are involved in multiple leadership and committee roles, nationally, regionally and within Emory.

Equipment

Digital mammography is performed at all sites, with digital tomosynthesis in use at Emory main campus, Emory Midtown Hospital and Emory St. Joseph's Hospital. Other equipment includes upright and prone stereotactic biopsy tables, DBT-guided biopsy, an array of vacuum-assisted and automated breast biopsy devices, and ultrasound with elastography capability.  Radioactive seed placement and localization is employed at Grady Memorial Hospital. Radiofrequency marker placement and localization is being investigated at Emory University Hospital main campus.

Facilities

At the present time, rotations are divided between the Winship Cancer Center at Emory's main campus in Atlanta, the Emory University Hospital at Midtown, and the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Call

Breast fellows have junior faculty appointments and presently rotate in the chest (plain film) call pool. Frequency of call varies depending on the number of people in the call pool, but historically has been approximately 6-8 weekends per year. Fellows also rotate at weekly intervals on the emergency breast call,  dealing primarily with after hours breast abscess management. They are backed by an on-call attending breast imager. Overall, total call responsibility is quite manageable.

Available Positions

Five positions per year. We accept applications starting in the early fall for positions two years hence.  We participate in the Breast Imaging NRMP (Match).

Qualifications

Must be able to obtain a Georgia Medical License (may be important to graduates of International Medical Programs). Please refer to the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners for further information: website: http://medicalboard.georgia.gov.

Must be Board Eligible for a Certificate in Diagnostic Radiology, having completed an Accredited Radiology Residency prior to start date of fellowship.

Application

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Please direct inquiries to:

La Toya Handsford
404-778-4446
Fax: 404-778-1901
email: latoya.handsford@emoryhealthcare.org

Fellowship Program
Breast Imaging Center
WCI Bldg
1701 Uppergate Dr., Suite 1104
Atlanta, Georgia
30322

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