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Clinical Fellowship


We offer a one-year clinical fellowship designed to provide academically oriented graduates of radiology residency focused on advanced training in body magnetic resonance imaging across a wide range of diagnostic applications. By the end of the fellowship, a trainee should have the skills and experience to develop a robust body MR clinical service and perform translational research.

Structure of the Fellowship

The fellowship provides a year of intensive training in body MRI for up to four fellows. Fellows spend most of their time dedicated to the body MRI clinical service, MR-guided procedures, research, and teaching. The fellows are responsible for running the clinical body MR service of multiple inpatient and outpatient clinical scanners, including a PET-MR and dedicated pediatric scanners, with primary responsibility for most MR-guided procedures, protocols, image acquisition oversight, safety, and initial interpretations. In 2017, multiple additional MR scanners will become operational.

There are also outstanding opportunities for research, with close ties to leading MR engineers and physicists at the Lucas Center for Imaging. At least 20% dedicated research time is included in the fellowship. The body MR fellows also have a strong educational presence in the Department, with responsibility for organizing clinical MR conferences for the Residency Program and presenting at interdisciplinary clinical conferences. Like all Diagnostic Radiology fellows at Stanford, Body MR fellows participate plain film interpretation at approximately four hours per month, if their visa and appointment status allows. Additionally, fellows participate in coverage of emergency department imaging.


  1. Two GE Signa 1.5T MRI scanners (all clinical)
  2. Twelve GE MR750 3T MRI scanners (10 clinical, 2 research)
  3. One PET-MR clinical scanner
  4. One PET-MR research scanner
  5. One GE 7T research scanner
  6. One research hyperpolarizer
  7. One Siemens 3T
  8. One Philips 3T
  9. One 1.5T GE and two 3T GE pediatric scanners
  10. Seven additional clinical MRI scanners to be installed in 2018

Clinical MRI Volume: Approximately 150 body MR diagnostic cases and several MR-guided procedures per week

Goals of the Fellowship

  1. Provide advanced protocoling, troubleshooting and interpreting skills in MRI of the body
  2. Hands-on training for MRI-guided procedures
  3. Provide background and understanding of MR principles sufficient to manage an MR service, make MR equipment decisions, and execute research projects.
  4. Experience educating residents

Evaluation and Supervision All imaging studies are interpreted with an attending radiologist who supervises the fellow at readouts. In addition, each fellow’s progress is reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Accreditation The Clinical Fellowship in Body MRI is not an ACGME-accredited fellowship in the US, and we are not aware of any upcoming plans by the ACGME to accredit it.

To apply,  upload  at the bottom of this page the following documents:

  1. Personal statement (pdf)
  2. Completed application form (pdf)
  3. CV (pdf)
  4. Copy of medical school diploma (pdf)
  5. Medical school transcript (pdf)
  6. Copy of undergraduate diploma (pdf)
  7. Undergraduate transcript (pdf)
  8. USMLES steps 1-3 (pdf)
  9. An optional photograph; we have found it helpful to the selection committee due to the lapse in time between interviews and final selection.

Additionally, please submit three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from either the chairperson of your present department or the director of your residency program, and two from additional faculty members in your department. Letters may be sent via email or mailed to:

Shreyas Vasanawala
Department of Radiology
Stanford University, School of Medicine
725 Welch Road, MC 5913
Stanford, CA 94305-5913

You will be contacted if selected for an interview. Applications will be considered beginning two years prior to the year fellowship starts. We begin accepting applications for the fellowship year 2021-2022 in November 2019.

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