Molecular Imaging in Medicine (MIM)

Molecular Imaging in Medicine (MIM) Residency Track

The Emory Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences is renowned for excellence in all subspecialties of radiology with residency training offered in both Diagnostic Radiology (DR) and Nuclear Medicine (NM), certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, respectively. The MIM track takes advantage of this infrastructure to offer a combined DR and NM molecular imaging residency track, resulting in dual board eligibility/certification, allowing residents to take full advantage of the training opportunities available to best prepare them for careers in molecular imaging.


The Emory MIM track allows for at least 32 months of DR training and 16 months of NM training. The MIM pathway allows for both a four year (MIM4) and a five year (MIM5) program in order to provide flexibility and to accommodate a wide variety of resident motivations for pursuing such a combined program. In an effort to prepare scientists who will not only practice but also advance molecular imaging and medicine, the MIM5 includes a significant research component with additional dedicated research time, and flexible (flex) time, which can be spent in DR, NM, research, or didactic coursework. In contrast, the MIM4 offers less flex time and no dedicated research time. Please see our sample schedule in the next section.


With regards to research, please note that the Resident's primary responsibility is to clinical training and if this is not proceeding appropriately, the ramifications may include (but are not limited to) loss of research electives, assignment of flex months to remedial clinical rotations, and/or removal from the MIM5 track program.

Program Structure and Curriculum

We provide an opportunity for approximately 2 residents per year to enter our MIM5 and 2 additional residents to enter the MIM4 track. These programs aim to provide comprehensive clinical training in both DR and NM. The MIM5 allows for a substantial research component during residency.

MIM residents who also plan to complete a Transition Year (TY) program at Emory before beginning advanced residency training can take advantage of the opportunity to take up to two months in DR and/or NM rotations in the PGY-1 year, effectively freeing up future residency training months for additional flex time. MIM5 residents can also engage in a molecular imaging core rotation in the TY year, which is primarily aimed at identifying a faculty mentor to help guide future research endeavors. Additional details regarding the MIM4 and MIM5 curricula are shown in the sample schedule below.

A full program description is available in our dedicated MIM Resident Handbook  (click here).

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Methodology and Mechanism for Applicants to the Program

  • Resident applicants interested in our MIM track should complete our designated application, which would be reviewed by our MIM-track Committee, along with the rest of the candidate's application file.
  • There is a separate Match for our MIM track. It is possible to Match to our diagnostic radiology residency and not to our MIM track. It is also possible to enter our MIM track program as a resident later, after starting our diagnostic residency program.

Clinical and Research Tools

Full descrition available in our manual: link to PDF here

  • Facilities (including but not limited to labs, classrooms and libraries)
  • Journal Club
  • Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Lecture Series
  • Visiting Professors, including named lectureships, in our Department
  • Research in progress conferences (approximately once a week)
  • Dedicated research education rotations    

Success Criteria

  •     Dual Board Certification
  •     Successful full-time employment in positions involving molecular imaging


For 5-MIM candidates

  •     Funding for research (intramural/extramural)
  •     Invitations to review manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  •     Peer-reviewed published abstracts and/or journal articles
  •     Research mentor evaluation
  •     Selection for participation in research-related activities after competitive applications
  •     Research recognition

Apply

Applications to the MIM track for our program should be mailed or emailed to: Dr. David Brandon (David.Brandon@emoryhealthcare.org), Director for the Emory University Nuclear Radiology Fellowship Program and MIM track. To apply for the MIM Track, complete the Application Process and include the MIM Track form.

NATIONAL RESIDENT MATCHING PROGRAM

Program Organization


Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD (Chair of Radiology)  

Mark E. Mullins, MD, PhD (Vice Chair for Education)

David Brandon, MD (Director MIM Track)


MIM Committee

David M Schuster, MD (Director, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)

David Brandon, MD (Director of MIM track)

Daniel Lee, MD (Associate Director of MIM track)

MIM: Research and Education Learning Modules

As part of your nonclinical rotations you will attend four one week special learning modules where you will be introduced to a specific research lab and have self-directed learning. The Radiochemistry Discovery/Radiopharmacy module in the list below is mandatory, and you will choose the remaining three modules based on your interests. As a MIM4, you will have this opportunity in the fourth year. As a MIM5 you will do these rotations in your first year.


1.    Precision Imaging: Quantitative, Molecular, and Image-Guided Technologies (Current Directors: Drs. David Schuster and Baowei Fei)


2.    Molecular Imaging Biomarker and Probe Development (Current Directors: Drs. Mark Goodman,  Hui Mao, and Ephraim Parent)


3.    Advanced Imaging Sciences (Current Directors: Drs. John Oshinski and Amit Saindane)


4.    Computational Image Analysis and Guidance (Current Directors: Dr. Ernest Garcia and John Prologo)


5.   Imaging Implementation Sciences and Integrative Imaging Informatics (Current Directors: Drs. Rich Duszak, Elizabeth Krupinski, Nabile Safdar)


6.    Surgical Oncology Bio-Imaging Research Unit (Current Director: Dr. Lily Yang)