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The one-year Breast Imaging Fellowship position in the Department of Radiology at Penn State Health/College of Medicine is designed to provide the fellow with an in-depth clinical experience in breast imaging and breast disease management.
Penn State Breast Center, a state-of-the-art facility, sees hundreds of new breast cancers and performs tens of thousands of breast imaging studies each year. The fellowship offers 12 months of comprehensive training, including:
- Screening mammography utilizing digital breast tomosynthesis
- Screening breast ultrasound (automated whole breast)
- Screening breast MRI
- Diagnostic mammography (3D) and stereotactic (3D) biopsy
- Diagnostic breast ultrasound and intervention
- Diagnostic MRI and MRI-guided intervention
- Needle localizations and Savi Scout (wireless) localizations
Fellows will participate in weekly multidisciplinary conferences and monthly journal club. There is ample opportunity for involvement in clinical research, and participation in a scholarly project is strongly encouraged. In addition, the fellowship offers dedicated time to shadow breast surgery, medical and radiation oncology, plastic surgery, genetics and high-risk counseling.
Four dedicated breast radiology faculty perform all imaging and minimally invasive biopsies as a part of an integrated, collaborative practice with breast surgery and oncology colleagues. The Breast Center was one of the original recipients of the ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Award and has NAPBC certification.
The fellowship is geared toward setting the stage for success, whether the graduate chooses an academic or community practice career.
As an opportunity to maintain general radiology skills, breast fellows read emergency room plain films and body imaging with a resident one day a week in the main radiology department. This coverage is over read by body faculty until the resident feels comfortable. There is always subspecialty backup for consultation. Fellows also share occasional call responsibilities, with general radiology faculty reading plain films from home with a home work station overseeing residents.
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General Application Information
The Breast Imaging Fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), sponsored by the Society of Breast Imaging.
In order to become a Breast Imaging fellow at Penn State, applicants must register with the NRMP for the fellowship match. The Society of Breast Imaging has implemented an “all-in” policy for the Match. This means that programs participating in the Match include all available positions in the match and cannot extend any offers to candidates outside of the match.
With questions, contact Dr. Rebecca Sivarajah, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental Application Materials
In addition to registering for the Match, applicants must email a CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation to email@example.com.
- Aug. 1: Applications can be accepted
- Nov. 1: Interview period begins (virtual interviews will be performed)
- Mid-March: Registration opens
- Late April: Ranking opens
- Mid-May: Quota change deadline
- End of May: Ranking closes
- Mid-June: Match Day
- July 1 (the following year): Training begins
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 628-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital four consecutive times, one of 116 hospitals to do so
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- An eight-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013 and expanded in 2020
- 146 licensed pediatric beds, 18 acute care beds and a 56-bed neonatal intensive care unit
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I quaternary (highest-level) pediatric intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Intermediate care unit
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
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Fellow wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness, with multiple resources readily available.
Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion through the Inclusion Academy
- Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- Many Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), including:
- Disability Business Employee Resource Group
- Interfaith Business Employee Resource Group
- LGBTQ+ Business Employee Resource Group
- Military and Veterans Business Employee Resource Group
- Multicultural Business Employee Resource Group
- NextGen Business Employee Resource Group
Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.
Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.
Network of Under-represented Residents and Fellows
The Network of Under-represented Residents and Fellows (NURF) is a group of diverse residents and fellows representing all specialties. NURF’s goal is to promote cultural diversity in the residency programs through community involvement, mentorship with diverse faculty, professional networking and support for the recruitment of diverse medical students into the residency programs.
NURF is sponsored by the Penn State College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Office and the Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Breast Imaging Fellowship
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Penn State Breast Center
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA 17033