Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Musculoskeletal Radiology fellowship open?The program opened in July 2008 and accepted its first fellow in July 2009.
How many ACGME-accredited Musculoskeletal Radiology fellowship programs are in California?Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is the only ACGME-accredited program in California.
What does ACGME accreditation mean?The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education assesses the educational quality of graduate medical education programs in each medical specialty.  This provides licensing agencies, credentialing agencies, funding agencies and the public with a measure of approval that indicates that physicians have undergone training in graduate medical education programs that are in substantial compliance with ACGME approved requirements.  
What is the length of the program?One year.
Does the program participate in the Match?No. The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) does not administer a match program for MSK. Candidates apply directly to the program.
Do fellows receive medical and dental coverage during the fellowship?Fellows receive a stipend, medical and dental coverage and insurance benefits effective from the start of the program.
Does the department allow time away from the program to attend a national meeting?Fellows are allowed paid time off to present at a national meeting associated with musculoskeletal radiology.  Reasonable expenses including registration, hotel, and travel are paid when approved by the department.
What is the impact of the Musculoskeletal Radiology program on the core program?Our volume of inpatients and outpatients, clinical exams, 41 attending faculty, teaching material, equipment and educational activities allows for a full educational experience without adversely impacting the residents in the core program.  The fellow’s participation in the core program extends only to the experience required for acquiring medical knowledge, developing clinical competence, fostering professional development, and compliance with the training requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.
Are there opportunities for research?There are opportunities to participate in research with an assigned mentor, including designing a research project, participating in statistical designs, understanding of IRB requirements, and preparation of abstracts, papers and presentations for publication.  The program offers support, personnel, space, equipment, conferences and protected time for research.  
How many hours do fellows work per week?Fellows work about of 40 hours per week.
Are there outside rotations?All training is provided within the medical center and there are no outside rotations.
When should I apply?Candidates typically apply in their third year of diagnostic radiology residency.  Applications and CVs are accepted year-round.  
Are there positions available for the 2012 or 2013 academic year?No. All spots have been filled.
Are local candidates or in-house residents given more consideration than out-of-state candidates?No. All candidates who are currently enrolled in, or have completed a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC are considered.
What is the current stipend?The current stipend is $59,242.  
Are there moonlighting opportunities?Moonlighting opportunities are available. Permission to moonlight must be given by the program director.
What are the requirements?Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or have completed a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC.  There are no exceptions.  

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