Breast Imaging Fellowships

The Breast Imaging Division at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) offers two positions annually for a one-year comprehensive breast imaging fellowship according to the guidelines and curriculum recommended by the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).

The Breen Breast Health Pavilion is a state of the art breast center built in 2011. All of our breast centers maintain the status of “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” based on our recent ACR accreditation. We also have ACR accreditation for MRI for the sites that perform breast MRI at University Hospitals. We have excellent support staff including a clinical nurse navigator at our sites.

Most of our exams are performed among 5 main breast centers staffed by 8 dedicated breast imaging radiologists. The fellow is actively involved in the interpretation of examinations, performance of procedures, and consultation with referring physicians.

Over 75,000 performed examinations:

  • Screening and diagnostic mammography (over 64,000/yr)
  • Ultrasound (over 8,000/yr)
  • Full protocol MRIs and abbreviated protocol MRIs aka FAST MRIs (over 800/yr)
  • Interventional procedures (over 3,000/yr)
    • ultrasound core biopsies
    • stereotactic core biopsies (prone, upright, and including lateral arm capability)
    • MRI core biopsies
  • Magseed and wire localizations
  • Ductography

Current Technology Overview:

  • Hologic Dimensions mammography units at 5 breast centers (tomosynthesis with C-view available at all 5 breast centers)
  • 7 Supersonic ultrasound units
  • 4 stereotactic biopsy units (3 prone and 1 upright with lateral arm capability)
  • MRIs done on 1.5 and 3.0T Siemens, Philips, and GE magnets
  • Suros Atec biopsy devices for use in MRI, stereotactic and ultrasound biopsies
  • Elite and Marquee biopsy devices for ultrasound biopsies

Conferences:

  • Weekly multidisciplinary tumor board conference attended by the fellows and a faculty member
  • Weekly resident conferences
  • Monthly radiology-pathology conference
  • Monthly journal club

As a breast imaging fellow, dedicated research time is negotiable. There is access to the Case Center for Imaging Research (CCIR), which is a joint venture between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and UHCMC. There is funding available for educational meetings/conferences.

The ultimate goal is for the breast imaging fellows to assume the role of primary imager with the faculty member as a supervisor. The breast imaging division has a strong interest in resident and fellow education and clinical research is encouraged.

We are participating in the Breast Imaging Fellowship Match will take place in June 2019 for the 2020-21 appointment year. The match is sponsored by the SBI and it will be managed by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Dates of the Match:

  • Interview period begins January 1, 2019
  • March 20, 2019: Registration opens
  • April 24, 2019: Ranking opens
  • May 15, 2019: Quota change deadline
  • May 29, 2019: Ranking Closes
  • June 12, 2019: Match Day
  • July 1, 2020: Training begins

Eligibility for the fellowship:

  • Applicants must participate in the SBI Fellowship Match Program
  • Candidates should have completed their residency in the US
  • Candidates must be board-eligible or board-certified in radiology before the start of the fellowship
  • An Ohio State Medical License is required before the start of the fellowship

Additional items that we require for the application include the following:

  1. Personal statement
  2. CV
  3. 2-3 recommendation letters (prefer that at least one should be from a breast imager, and at least one should be from residency program director)
  4. Photocopies of original examination results (USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 and all Radiology board exams) with dates and photocopies of board certifications (if applicable)
  5. Copies of research or publications
  6. Photograph
  7. Photocopies of visa/citizenship papers if applicable

Email the required documents to Cecilia Foreman at Cecilia.Foreman@UHhospitals.org and Dr. Pham at Ramya.Pham@UHhospitals.org or mail to the address below.

Ramya Pham, M.D.
Attn: Cecilia Foreman
Fellowship Director Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor of Radiology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Once the application packet is complete, we will contact you about arranging an interview.

Program Contact information:

Ramya Pham, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Associate Chief of Breast Imaging
Fellowship Director Breast Imaging
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-844-5330
Ramya.Pham@UHhospitals.org

Cecilia Foreman
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Radiology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-844-5330
Cecilia.Foreman@UHhospitals.org