Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship

The University of South Florida Department of Radiology offers a 1-year PGY-6 Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship. We accept 3 fellows per year. We are currently accepting applications for July 1, 2015.

The program is based solely out of Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL, which is located on Davis Islands near downtown. The hospital is over 1000 beds and offers every specialty, busy transplant service, and a level 1 trauma center. There is no shortage of complex cases and great case volumes in all aspects of a VIR.

The variety and complexity are likely unmatched in any other program. There are 7 attendings, 6 Body and 1 neuro - IR. Currently, we have 3 fellows, 1 ARNP, and 2 PAs on the service. We are a hybrid, private practice and academic group, which give the fellows some real world exposure and the best of both worlds.

The other unique feature of this fellowship and our practice is that is has been run as a clinical consultation service for years. There are no "Orders", just "Consults". We are a busy and cooperative consultation service with excellent working relationships with all other specialties in the hospital. Not to say we are not directly competing with some other specialties and gaining ground. We have 3 clinic days a week.
Monday is Liver clinic where we see many HCC, TIPS, Mets, etc consults. Wednesday is Neuro-IR clinic. Thursday is General-IR clinic which can often see more than 20 patients per day.
There is a weekly Liver conference which our fellows run. We also have weekly lectures and bi-weekly M&M conference, along with monthly journal club. There are a variety of other multi-specialty conferences also which are not mandatory.

Our group is also becoming very active in research. We have published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and are beginning several prospective trials, such as U/S accelerated Thrombolysis (EKOS) for submassive PE (randomized).

The fellows are a critical part of the service, but they have much flexibility and independence. Our ARNP and PA partners do most of the consults with cooperation from the attendings or fellows. The fellows do the consults and follow-up visits for their benefit only and to help the service. The fellows are also participants in EVR for AAA and TAA, CT cases for Ablation (Cryo, RFA, and IRE or nanoknife). Also, the fellows participate in all spine and carotid stent cases with the Neuro-IR team and are beginning to participate in stroke care. This makes them much more well-rounded and ready for any sort of practice.

Tampa General has provided our service with 6 brand new rooms. 2 bi-plane and 4 single-plane. 4 of the rooms have Cone-beam CT, which we use very often for TACE cases and other applications. Our average case volume is 30 cases/day. There is a separate Vascular Access team run by the hospital so we are not bogged down with lines.

Overall, I believe our program is one of the best in the country and all of our fellows leave very confident and well-rounded for any sort of practice. We do not participate in the match and usually interview around Dec-Jan, but are flexible if you are in the area and want to come earlier. We need 3 LOR's, with at least 1 from an IR attending from your program, and your program director. Also, your CV and the universal application is fine.

The applications include:

    1. Common Fellowship Application
    2. Current CV
    3. ABR Examination Results
    4. Official USMLE Transcripts
    5. 3 Letters of Recommendation
      1. With at least one letter from an IR attending.
    6. Official Dean's Letter
    7. Official Medical School Transcripts

You may send applications and supporting documents by email to Gigi Szalteleki at gszaltel@health.usf.edu or by mail to:

Gigi Szalteleki
1 Tampa General Circle, Rm. J-421
Tampa, FL 33606

Sincerely,

Kamal Massis, MD
University of South Florida
Assistant Director, Vascular and Interventional Imaging Fellowship