Nuclear Medicine Residency

BrandonEmory University offers 1, 2 and 3-year programs in nuclear medicine leading to eligibility for special competence certification by the American Board of Radiology. It also leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine for residents who spend 3 years in nuclear medicine following the completion of at least one year of clinical ACGME approved training. Those who have completed an ACGME accredited residency program in a non-imaging specialty may complete the Nuclear Medicine Residency in 2 years, and those with prior ACGME accredited diagnostic radiology residency training may complete a Nuclear Radiology Fellowship in one year. Nuclear medicine training at Emory includes experience in all areas of adult and pediatric nuclear imaging and emphasizes correlation with other diagnostic imaging procedures as well as exposure to an active therapy program for a variety of indications.

 DIRECTOR: David C. Brandon, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Facilities

 Emory University Hospital is a 439-bed hospital based at the Clifton Campus which serves as the flagship teaching hospital for the Emory University School of Medicine. Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly known as Crawford Long Hospital) expands upon the patient demographics available at the Clifton Campus. Grady Memorial Hospital is a 900-bed county hospital with a very active nuclear medicine service and recently updated equipment. The Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center is located adjacent to the Emory University campus. All institutions feature modern state-of-the-art equipment with advanced hybrid imaging using FDG PET/CT and SPECT/CT instruments.

Faculty

 There are 9 full-time physicians in Nuclear Medicine. There are also 14 dedicated research faculty including 13 PhDs and 1 MD among four translational and basic science laboratories.

Patient Population

Diverse patient populations are served by the different hospitals within the broader Emory system, including a pediatric population at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston as well as different adult populations at the various aforementioned facilities. In addition, Emory serves a catchment area beyond the bounds of the metropolitan Atlanta region. Thus, trainees experience patients with a broad range of both common and uncommon conditions.

Equipment

The equipment at the Emory University affiliated nuclear medicine departments includes state-of-the-art imaging and computer systems. Each institution has several imaging systems including SPECT and SPECT/CT and specialized computer facilities. Emory has a PET Center, including three PET/CT scanners as well as PET/CT instruments at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the VA Medical Center. Additional research instruments include one high resolution brain PET scanner, a microPET/CT preclinical scanner, a multispectral in-vivo fluorescence imaging system and a cyclotron located at the Center for Systems Imaging at Wesley Woods.

Research

Research opportunities are available for fellows in both clinical and basic research; research is required and is tailored to the individual's long term goals. Research facilities include state-of-the-art cyclotron and radiochemistry services, animal imaging research laboratories utilizing PET-CT and a wide variety of other resources. The Division is integrally involved in research conducted by Emory University School of Medicine faculty, including close collaboration with colleagues in Radiology, Cardiology and the Winship Cancer Institute. Currently, there are active clinical research programs involving new PET and single-photon radiotracers, and many other projects involving translational medicine.

Conferences

There are 3 regularly scheduled didactic conferences a week, including a comprehensive series of lectures in all aspects of clinical nuclear medicine, and a series of lectures in physics, computer techniques and radiochemistry. In addition, there are quarterly journal clubs and PET conferences as well as weekly departmental Grand Rounds lectures.

Eligibility

Applicants must complete or have completed at least one year of ACGME-accredited postgraduate training in a clinical specialty such as internal medicine, transitional year, or surgery.

Application

Applications should be completed in ERAS to be considered for positions starting July 1, 2016. Due to the varying lengths of training for Nuclear Medicine trainees, the number of available positions varies from year to year.

Please direct inquiries to:

David C. Brandon, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Emory University Hospital
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

1364 Clifton Road, N.E., Rm. D125
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Program Coordinator: Ms. Ranitta McDowell
Phone: (404) 778-2626
Email: rsmcdow@emory.edu

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