Abdominal Fellowship

William Masch, MD
Fellowship Program Director
John Millet
John Millet, MD, MHS
Associate Fellowship Program Director
Holli Porter
Abdominal Fellowship Coordinator

We are seeking qualified applicants for 5 MR-predominant Abdominal Imaging fellowship positions to begin July 1, 2021.  Applicants' prior training must be in an ACGME or RCP Canada-accredited radiology residency program and they should be US citizens or green card holders.

The UM Abdominal Imaging Fellowship intends to comply with the SCARD timeline for fellowship interviews and offers in 2019 for the 2021-2022 academic year, meaning that there will be no formal interviews or offers until 12/1/19. Internal candidates, international candidates, military candidates, and spouses are excluded from the embargo date timeline.

This is a major change and we hope that it achieves the laudable goals of improving the process for our future fellows and colleagues. Its success will depend on open communication and transparency—we want to hear from our applicants!  In particular, applicants who are caught in the transition between programs on the SCARD timeline and those with individual timelines should not hesitate to contact us.

Applicants should let us know of their interest by submitting their applications at any time during 2019 and communicating with our fellowship director (mascwill@umich.edu), associate director (milletj@med.umich.edu) or program coordinator (hpangbor@umich.edu) by phone or email. 

The abdominal radiology fellowship is designed to provide trainees an opportunity for specialized training and academic development. The fellow will actively participate in all functions of the division, and will assume graduated responsibility for its daily operation under the supervision of faculty members. The fellowship will emphasize current state-of-the-art practices and newer imaging techniques within abdominal imaging. Fellows will develop subspecialty expertise in half-year clinical concentrations (e.g., hepatobiliary, prostate/GU, colorectal, gynecologic oncology, pancreas) that will facilitate their involvement in patient management from a disease-focused perspective, often employing multiple imaging modalities. Opportunities to instruct radiology residents and/or perform basic or clinical research in the selected area will be provided.

The University of Michigan Department of Radiology is responsible for diagnostic imaging at Michigan Medicine which includes University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, Frankel Cardiovascular Center, and multiple large outpatient facilities. The range of clinical material available is reflected in the diagnostic output of over 600,000 examinations yearly. As a large tertiary referral center, a very high percentage of cases performed in our radiology department have significant pathology, and the variety of clinical material is outstanding.


The Fellowship in the Division of Abdominal Radiology is an MR-predominant cross-sectional imaging fellowship, which includes abdominal CT, MR, ultrasonography, and cross-sectional imaging-guided procedures.

Approximately half of the fellowship year will be spent in Body MRI, with the remainder divided among other areas. This fellowship is designed to consolidate and expand the basic skills acquired as a resident and to allow more intensive training and experience with the most cutting-edge developments in diagnostic imaging of the abdomen and pelvis.


Over the course of the year fellows will become proficient in the protocoling and interpretation of advanced abdominopelvic MRI studies including: MR enterography, multiparametric prostate MRI, cervical and endometrial cancer staging MRI, rectal cancer staging MR, MR elastography, and MR lymphangiography.

Active clinical groups in hepatology, pancreatology, urology, surgical oncology, colorectal surgery and gynecology drive a robust imaging volume and afford the fellows exposure to a broad spectrum of pathologies.

Our clinical operation includes twelve fixed MR scanners (two 1.0T open, six 1.5T and four 3T) and one intraoperative MR scanner. We will soon be adding two additional scanners (one 1.5T and one 3T).


Fellows will become skilled in the interpretation of abdominopelvic and vascular CT. At Michigan Medicine, fellows will encounter a vast array of pathologies, and interpret CT scans performed in the outpatient, inpatient, and emergency room settings.

Our facilities include 14 helical CT scanners, including 11 advanced 64-slice CT scanners. Seven GE Discovery HD-750 scanners are available allowing for experience with dual-energy CT, and advanced dose-reduction algorithms. There is a 256-slice GE Revolution scanner, and there is a 384-slice dual-source Siemens Force scanner.


The diagnostic ultrasound rotations consist of in-depth training in the performance and interpretation of abdominopelvic ultrasound examinations.  There is a large variety of examinations performed, including but not limited to: routine abdominal ultrasound, pelvic ultrasound, obstetric ultrasound (predominantly 1st trimester), transplant ultrasound, and hysterosonography.


Fellows work one-on-one with faculty members during week-long rotations. Procedures include organ and mass biopsy, fluid and abscess drainage, and tumor ablation (radiofrequency, cryo-, and microwave ablation).


One month of elective time will be available to all fellows so that they may tailor their fellowship year to their educational and future practice needs. Previous electives have included: vascular imaging, thoracic imaging, cardiac imaging, neuroimaging, nuclear medicine and PET/CT, research, high-risk OB ultrasound, breast imaging, and musculoskeletal imaging.


Faculty from the abdominal radiology division provide weekly teaching conferences to fellows covering a broad spectrum of topics. These are generally lectures prepared for national meetings and are geared to CME-level participation.

Additionally, there are weekly abdominopelvic CT conferences and biweekly abdominopelvic US and MRI conferences. Fellows will also attend and/or present at various tumor boards according to their chosen half-year clinical concentrations.


Please submit the Fellowship Application (download at the bottom of this page) and letters of recommendation to our fellowship coordinator by email.

Holli Porter
Department of Radiology
Michigan Medicine
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, B1 D530
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5302
Phone (734) 763-5842
Fax (734) 615-1276
Email: hpangbor@med.umich.edu

If you have questions about the program or process please feel free to contact:

William Masch, MD
Abdominal Radiology Fellowship Director
Phone (734) 936-4481
Email: mascwill@med.umich.edu