The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging offers an opportunity for fellowship training of outstanding physicians to become the leaders of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in the 21st century. The programs offer a comprehensive education in modern nuclear medicine practice, including classical diagnostic nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, PET/CT, and PET/MRI. In addition, there is wide exposure to therapeutic applications of radioisotopes and theranostics in the therapy clinic, including radioiodine, and more recent theranostic approaches such as Ra-223 and Lutetium-177 DOTA TATE. The nuclear medicine section is a busy clinical service over multiple sites including three PET/CT instruments, a PET/MRI, and four SPECT/CT cameras. Trainees are most commonly placed at one of three locations - Parnassus, Mission Bay, or China Basin, each of which offer a different mix of cases and experience. Most PET/CT and PET/MRI examinations also include a diagnostic CT or MRI, allowing trainees to expand their knowledge of anatomic imaging and to stay fresh on general radiology skills.
The faculty in the section are actively engaged in research ranging from basic, to translational, to clinical studies. There are numerous experimental clinical studies currently underway including a large volume of PET/MRI studies and those including experimental radiopharmaceuticals such as 68Ga-PSMA-11 and many others. Trainees are strongly encouraged to take part in independent research and quality improvement projects. The training experience is comprehensive of all current and emerging nuclear medicine practice.
There are numerous educational conferences available to trainees, including two weekly one hour didactic lecture sessions from current nuclear medicine faculty on topics including physics, instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals, and clinical practice. Additionally, if desired, trainees may attend the diagnostic radiology resident lectures which take place daily at 8 am and noon. Finally, there are numerous interdisciplinary conferences, including endocrine conference (weekly), parathyroid tumor board (monthly), thyroid tumor board (monthly), myeloma tumor board (monthly), multimodality cardiac conference (monthly), and melanoma tumor board (weekly). Trainees have the opportunity for dedicated time in the cardiac stress lab, hot lab, or to take independent electives including research or other diagnostic radiology experiences.
Please contact Samira Zebarjadian for more information and application procedures: Samira.Zebarjadian2@ucsf.edu (email) or please call (415) 476-2817
Applicants must have completed a four-year diagnostic radiology residency from an accredited program and must be eligible for a CA medical license.