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The Nuclear Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center consists of a comprehensive curriculum in general nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and radionuclide therapy.
Nuclear medicine is the medical specialty that uses the tracer principle, most often with radiopharmaceuticals, to evaluate molecular, metabolic, physiologic and pathologic conditions of the body for the purposes of diagnosis, therapy and research. Commonly performed nuclear medicine studies include nuclear cardiac studies, bone imaging, hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal tract imaging, renal studies, thyroid scans and multiple types of tumor imaging.
PET/CT imaging is performed for oncology, neurology and cardiology applications. PET detects alternations in glucose metabolism that occur in neoplastic and inflammatory conditions. Merging the PET data to a concurrently acquired CT scan allows for sensitive and accurate localization of aberrant glucose metabolism throughout the body.
Nuclear medicine also performs comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and therapy for a number of endocrine conditions including hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
Two new leading-edge radionuclide therapies – Radium Ra-223 dichloride (Xofigo) and yttrium-90 (90Y) SIR-Spheres microspheres – are offered by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Nuclear Medicine service.
Radium Ra-223 dichloride, an alpha-emitting radioactive therapeutic agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to bones and is causing symptoms. Xofigo therapy consists of monthly injections of the alpha-emitting treatment agent for up to six months.
90Y SIR-spheres microspheres are approved to treat colon and rectal cancer that has spread to the liver. SIR-Spheres microspheres treatments are performed as an outpatient procedure by a specially trained team of interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
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The length of the education program depends on the level of appointment — NM1, NM2 or NM3 — to the program.
The education program length for trainees entering at the NM1 level is 36 months. To be eligible for appointment to the program at the NM1 level, applicants must have satisfactorily completed one year of graduate medical education in a program accredited by the ACGME or a program located in Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
The education program length for trainees entering at the NM2 level is 24 months. To be eligible for appointment to the program at the NM2 level, applicants must have satisfactorily completed a program accredited by the ACGME, or a program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC.
The education program length for trainees entering at the NM3 level is 12 months. To be eligible for appointment to the program at the NM3 level, residents must have satisfactorily completed a program in diagnostic radiology accredited by the ACGME, or a program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC.
The application process requires the submission of the following to program coordinator Chris Moorhead at email@example.com:
- Current CV
- Cover letter/personal statement containing the applicant’s goals for the Nuclear Medicine Fellowship
- Three letters of recommendation
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 548-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 three times
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
- Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
Welcome to Hershey
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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 among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.
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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:
- Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
- A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
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.
Nuclear Medicine Fellowship
Department of Radiology
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr.
P.O. Box 850, MC H066
Hershey, PA 17033
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