Our fellows have achieved excellent staff positions in both clinical and academic programs.
The Nuclear Radiology Fellowship program’s principal objectives aim to:
- Teach the safe handling and use of unsealed radioactive preparations for medical purposes
- Convey the technical skills required to effectively diagnose and treat patients with radiotracer preparations
- Teach trainees a system of self-learning that will allow them to continuously adapt to an ever-changing field of medical science
- Prepare trainees for successful careers in academic medicine and clinical practice
Scope of Training
Fellows receive instruction in theoretical and practical aspects of the field, as well as relevant basic sciences.
Each fellow is trained in:
- General adult nuclear medicine
- Pediatric nuclear
- Nuclear cardiology
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- Medical nuclear physics
- Radiation biology and protection
- Radiopharmaceutical chemistry
Instruction includes morning conferences, with lectures on clinical nuclear medicine, radiopharmaceutical sciences, physics and instrumentation, PET and more. Fellows attend a month-long didactic, Nuclear Medicine 210, with 6 to 7 hour-long lectures daily. Fellows are cleared of clinical responsibilities during the course, which emphasizes basic sciences and also discusses clinical topics.
Fellows have clinical rotations in 5 areas:
- Cardiac nuclear medicine (HUP)
- General nuclear medicine (HUP)
- Pediatric nuclear medicine (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
- Non-imaging procedures and general nuclear medicine (Veterans Affairs Medical Center)
- General nuclear medicine (Presbyterian Medical Center)
During an overall nuclear radiology training period of 1 year, each fellow spends 6 to 12 weeks in each rotation.
In clinical rotations, attending staff physicians provide close supervision and teaching. Nuclear radiology trainees take responsibility for performing required examinations, interviewing patients, conducting quality control, and reviewing and dictating results. Fellows are encouraged to consult attending physicians when uncertain about decisions that may adversely affect patients. Examinations are reviewed by attending staff and discussed with trainees.
While at HUP, trainees participate in PET Center activities, conducting patient interviews and image interpretation. Extensive training is provided in physics, dosimetry, radiobiology and radiation safety. Radioimmunotherapy is part of daily nuclear medicine practice at HUP, so receives heavy emphasis. Training in cancer treatment procedures with monoclonal antibodies is planned.
Trainee responsibilities increase progressively, from close supervision during the first 6 months of training to greater responsibility later on. In general, trainees spend 7 to 8 hours per day conducting their respective duties. Trainees are on-call every 4 to 5 weeks. Those with backgrounds in non-imaging fields are encouraged to participate in the ongoing training sessions of the Department of Radiology.
Each trainee is expected to participate in ongoing research activities under the supervision of the staff.
Extraordinary Experience in Nuclear Radiology
Our Department is widely regarded as one of the best in the nation. The Nuclear Radiology program meets all training requirements recommended by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
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Austin Pantel, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology