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, 2016-2017.
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 6 VIR attendings, 3 fellows, 1 ARNP, and 1 PA 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. We are a busy and cooperative consultation service with excellent working relationships with all other specialties in the hospital. There are two days per week of ambulatory clinic in an adjacent medical tower. There is a weekly Liver conference which is run by IR and Body Imaging fellows. 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 very active in research with two full time research nurses. We have published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and are involved in multiple single and multi-center prospective trials.
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 EVAR for AAA and TAA, CT cases for Ablation (Cryo, RFA, Microwave, and IRE or nanoknife).
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, Y90, and other complex 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 Jan-April. 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:
a. Common Fellowship Application
b. Current CV
c. ABR Examination Results
d. Official USMLE Transcripts
e. 3 Letters of Recommendation
1. With at least one letter from an IR attending.
f. Official Dean's Letter
g. Official Medical School Transcripts
You may submit your applications through ERAS.
Kamal Massis, MD
University of South Florida
Assistant Director, Vascular and Interventional Imaging Fellowship