Fellowship

Maria Ladino Torres
Maria Ladino-Torres, MD, Fellowship Director

The Section of Pediatric Radiology at the University of Michigan has much to offer to the prospective fellow. There are approximately 90,000 pediatric imaging examinations performed per year in the University of Michigan Health System. The Section of Pediatric Radiology is a component of the University of Michigan Department of Radiology, one of the country’s premier academic radiology departments and radiology residency training programs. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was ranked as the 13th best pediatric hospital in the U.S. by Child Magazine in their 2007 survey.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital offers the finest in primary and tertiary care, forming the backdrop for an excellent training program in pediatric radiology. Fellows will see a broad range of disease processes and also receive a strong training base in basic and common disease processes. The Department of Radiology in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital serves our patients with the finest in modern imaging technology.

The city of Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to live, often being ranked by various publications as one of the better cities its size to live in or raise a family. The city boasts an incredible variety of outdoor, social and cultural activities, and the public schools are highly regarded. For more information about Ann Arbor and the Health System environment, see About Ann Arbor.

Curriculum

The fellowship in Pediatric Radiology is carried out in the Section of Pediatric Radiology at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This hospital is a tertiary care facility serving a wide area, including Michigan and neighboring states.

This fellowship is for one year and is ACGME approved. The goal of the fellowship is to provide competence in all aspects of pediatric imaging, and to foster the research and teaching skills necessary for a successful career in pediatric radiology. Most of the year is spent in the Section of Pediatric Radiology, during which instruction on pediatric radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, body computed tomography and body magnetic resonance imaging is provided. The fellow also rotates through Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine with concentrated exposure to pediatric cases in those areas. Exposure to pediatric interventional radiology is gained via procedures performed in the section of Pediatric Radiology (CT and ultrasound guided procedures) and the Interventional Radiology Division.

Fellows are trained to perform all types of procedures and to interpret the breadth of radiological examinations performed within the Pediatric Section, including pediatric neuroradiology and nuclear medicine. Fellows will achieve an advanced knowledge base in pediatric disease and pediatric imaging, with skills that allow them to guide the proper imaging work-up of children with disease or injury. Particular attention is given to the appropriateness of imaging studies and developing an understanding of how to optimize imaging studies while minimizing radiation exposure.

Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be eligible to be examined by the American Board of Radiology for the Certificate of Advanced Qualification (CAQ) in Pediatric Radiology.

The fellow contributes to the education of residents and medical students in the section. The fellow will participate in teaching conferences with graduated responsibility as the year advances. The fellow also will develop some basic lectures on pediatric radiology topics. Ample research opportunities exist in the Section of Pediatric Radiology for fellow involvement. It is expected that the fellow participate in at least one project leading to presentation at a national meeting or publication. The fellow will be allocated some academic time for teaching and research. Support is provided for presentation at a national meeting.

Schedules

The pediatric radiology fellow may be assigned to any one of the following work areas in the Section of Pediatric Radiology: inpatient radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, fluoroscopy or outpatient radiography.

The fellow’s daily schedule is constructed on a monthly basis and in conjunction with the Department of Radiology residents assigned to the section. Currently, the day-to-day work assignments of the fellow vary among the aforementioned work areas. Over the course of the year, the accumulated work assignments are such that the required exam quotas for the accredited Pediatric Radiology Fellowship are exceeded in all areas. The fellow will be scheduled for regular academic days for teaching and research activity. Blocks of time will be designated for rotations in Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine.

Research Opportunities

Ample opportunity for research is available for the Pediatric Radiology Fellow in the Section of Pediatric Radiology. Members of the section are involved in all facets of pediatric radiology and have experience in clinical pediatric radiology research. In addition, opportunity exists to collaborate with members of other pediatric specialties. The Pediatric Radiology Fellow is required to participate in at least one research project leading to presentation at a national meeting or publication. With the help of section faculty members, the Fellow is encouraged to identify a project early in the fellowship year, such that the project can be completed, presented and submitted for publication during the fellowship year. 

Apply

If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship in Pediatric Radiology, please fill out the Fellowship Application.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Ladino Torres, MD
Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program Director
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital – Room 3-220
1540 E. Hospital Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4252
Telephone: 734-232-9239
E-mail: marialad@umich.edu