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Breast Imaging Fellowship

Program Director: Dr. Janine Katzen

Associate Program Director: Dr. Katerina Dodelzon
NRMP Program Code: 1492R02F0

Overview

This fellowship offers advanced training in breast imaging in our state of the art, high volume Womens’ Imaging Center and outpatient David H Koch Center. Fellows develop expertise in all imaging modalities required to provide the complete spectrum of care.  This includes screening, diagnostic imaging, image-guided interventions, and image-guided localizations. Fellows are exposed to high volumes of examinations and procedures.  Annually we see over 40,000 mammograms with digital breast tomosynthesis, over 1000 MRIs, and over 7,000 biopsies and procedures are performed including MRI guided and I-125 seed localizations, with steadily increasing caseload.  Fellows have the opportunity to not only collaborate but to lead multidisciplinary conferences with breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, genetic counselors, and pathologists.

Rotation Breakdown

The fellowship is designed with the potential to spend up to 40 weeks in breast imaging, with flexibility based on each fellow’s interest.

  • The current proposed curriculum is as follows (subject to change):
  • All blocks are 4 weeks.
    • Seven blocks of breast imaging
    • One block of multidisciplinary breast care (one week each with Breast Surgery, Breast Oncology, Breast Pathology, and Radiation Oncology).
    • Three blocks of body imaging with an emphasis on Body MRI
    • Two blocks of elective (could be used for breast or body imaging)
  • Blocks on breast imaging include:
    • Screening Mammography
    • Diagnostic Mammography
    • Breast Biopsies (Stereotactic/Tomosynthesis/Ultrasound)
    • MRI/MRI biopsy
    • Localizations (predominantly radioactive seed localization)
    • Ultrasound/Same Day Screening Mammography
  • During initial rotations on breast imaging, fellows rotate through each block for one week at a time.  Thereafter, fellow makes their own schedule which moves between each rotation on a daily basis.  For example, Screening Mammography on Monday, Biopsy on Tuesday, MRI/MRI biopsy on Wednesday, etc.

Education & Mentorship

Optimizing the educational experience of our fellows is our priority. Each fellow is paired with a faculty mentor to provide guidance during the year.  Our breast imaging section is very active in research and interested fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with any faculty of their choosing on research, educational or QI projects.

In addition to research opportunities, our focus is to provide a broad spectrum of educational experiences, these include didactic lectures, small group conferences, and computer based learning modules.  These include:

  • Introductory Fellow Lecture Series
    • Weekly didactic lectures beginning in July and extending into November
    • Include lectures from Breast Imaging Faculty, Breast Surgeons, Breast Pathologists, Radiation Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Patient Survivors.
  • Radiology-Pathology Correlation Conference
    • Bimonthly conference
    • Predominantly fellow run
    • Radiology Fellows submit cases to Pathology Fellows for review
  • Journal Club
    • Bimonthly conference
    • Fellow run
    • Paired with interesting case conference
  • Controversial Topic Debate
    • Three times/year
    • Topics have included: Screening Mammography, Preoperative Breast MRI, Management of DCIS
    • Multidisciplinary colleagues attend and participate in engaging discussions
  • Teaching Files
    • Enriched Mammography screening teaching file with screen detected cancers mixed in with normal cases
      • Viewed independently on mammography workstation
    • Interesting MRI case file
      • Viewed independently remotely or at a workstation
  • Monthly Grand Rounds
  • Annual John A. Evans Alumni Day Symposium: Fellows are provided coverage and funding to attend the annual day-long course and reception, which addresses current hot topics including innovation and challenges within radiology. Recent course topics have included artificial intelligence, physician wellness, radiologist visibility, social media use, and global health.
  • NYRS Annual Meeting: Fellows are provided coverage and funding to attend the multi-day educational conference.

 

Interdisciplinary Conferences

  • Multidisciplinary Conference
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    • Radiology, Surgery, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Genetics, Gynecology
    • Discuss all preoperative and postoperative breast cancer patients
  • Breast Cancer Conference
    • Wednesday mornings
    • Run by Medical Oncology
    • Discuss challenging patient management
  • Breast Cancer Tumor Board
    • Bimonthly
    • Didactic lectures given on a rotating basis by all subspecialists

Vacation/Conference Time

  • Each fellow is allotted 20 days of vacation (which can be taken by the day or the week), 5 days of conference time, with additional time allotted for interviews.

Benefits

  • A competitive salary with opportunities for moonlighting and extra compensation are available, subject to change.
  • A generous book fund is provided, with additional conference funding available.
  • Additional wellness benefits include ClassPass subscriptions and several social events that occur throughout the year, ranging from monthly happy hours to welcome and graduation receptions.

Faculty

Section Chief: Michele Drotman, MD

Genevieve Abbey, MD

Elizabeth Arleo, MD

Kemi Babagbemi, MD

Christine Chen, MD

Katerina Dodelzon, MD

Carolyn Eisen, MD

Maya Hartman, MD

Karin Katz, MD

Janine Katzen, MD

Allison Levy, MD

Rachel Marcus, MD

Geraldine McGinty, MD

Eralda Mema, MD

Aya Michaels, MD

Melissa Reichman, MD

Fellowship Positions

We have 3 positions per year

WCM Radiology Residents Fellow Graduation Dinner

Class of 2018: Dr. Elitsa Ivanova, Dr. Kaitlyn Weissinger, Dr. Martha Ksepka, Dr. Alan Evans

WCM Graduation Dinner 2019

Class of 2019: Dr. Adam Brandeberry, Dr. Michele Edison, Dr. Prapti Edison, Dr. Anjali Shah with Dr. Janine Katzen & Dr. Katia Dodelzon

WCM Welcome Dinner 2019

Class of 2020: Dr. Kudrat Gill, Dr. Anna Cherian, Dr. Yvonne Estrin, Dr. Bennett Battle

Application process and requirements:

The deadline for the July 2022 – June 2023 Breast Imaging fellowship will be December 31, 2020. Interviews will occur in early 2021.


An unrestricted New York State medical license and satisfactory immigration status (if applicable) will be required by the start date of the fellowship. Requirements for New York State licensure

To apply for any of the above mentioned fellowships you must submit the required documents via email.

In the subject line of your email please specify the fellowship you are applying for.

  1. SBI Fellowship Match- Universal Application (found at https://www.sbi-online.org/RESOURCES/BreastImagingFellowshipMatchProgram.aspx)
  1. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Photo
  3. A minimum of three letters of recommendation; one of which one should be from your Program Director (NOTE: Please have your letter writers OR your coordinator send the letters of recommendation to the email address indicated above with a subject line of "LOR for - Name of Applicant)
  4. Medical School Diploma
  5. Medical School Transcript
  6. USMLE Transcript
  7. New York State License, if available at time of application. (NOTE:  Keep in mind you must obtain an unrestricted New York State license prior to starting the fellowship)
  8. A copy of your ECFMG certificate, if applicable.
  9. Personal Statement.

 

Our program, as is Weill Cornell at large, has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Please see the following link for further information: https://diversity.weill.cornell.edu/

 

Interested candidates should contact:

Ms. Michelle Byrne
Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Program Coordinator

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street, Box 141
New York, NY 10065-4870
Phone: (212) 746-2527
Email: mib2045@med.cornell.edu

Weill Cornell Medicine
Department of Radiology
525 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-6000