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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


The MRI Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego is a 12-month clinical fellowship.  The MRI fellows gain excellent experience in all aspects of Neuro MRI (including brain, neck, and spine), Body MRI (including liver, enterography, prostate, female pelvis), and MSK MRI.  Additionally, there are opportunities for elective time in fetal MRI, breast MRI, and cardiac MRI based on the fellow's interests.  The fellows will become familiar with advanced and cutting-edge MR techniques.  In addition to clinical and call duties, the fellows are responsible for teaching radiology residents, as well as medical students and visiting fellows. Our educational program is enhanced by numerous subspecialty and multidisciplinary conferences including didactic lecture series, case conferences, and tumor boards.

UC San Diego Health has several clinical care locations in La Jolla and Hillcrest with all subspecialties represented, and is a Level I trauma center, NCI designated cancer center, transplant center, burn center, and tertiary referral center. 

Applying to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fellowship: 

We welcome all interested applicants to apply to the MRI Fellowship program. At the time of matriculation to the fellowship, you are expected to have completed an accredited radiology residency and to be an ACR Board Certified Radiologist. 

The dates for the 2021 Radiology Fellowship cycle for 2022 appointments are: 

          August 1, 2020:            Applications accepted 
          October 31, 2020:        Deadline to submit applications 
          November 1, 2020:       Virtual Interviews will begin

         December 18, 2020:    Interviews will conclude

Application Process: 

AP On-Line Recruit application will open August 1, 2020. You will need the documents listed below to apply.  To apply, please click on the following link and complete the application: you have questions or experience trouble applying through AP On-Line Recruit, please contact Blanca Gonzalez at (619) 543-5493 or via e-mail at

  • Fellowship Application Form.pdf
  • Personal Statement. Please tell us your career goals and personal interests.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (including one from your Program Director)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Dean's Letter - if you need to request your Dean's Letter, please upload a document with your name and date as a confirmation you have requested a copy from your medical school to be sent to us via e-mail or mail to Audrey Keane, Administrative Assistant. 
  • Copy of USMLE/LMCC transcript
  • Copy of medical school diploma

Contact Information: 

Audrey Keane, Administrative Assistant 
Department of Radiology
Tel. (619) 543-3913

Nikdokht Farid, MD,
Director, MRI Fellowship Program



Who may apply for this fellowship?
At the time of matriculation to the fellowship, you are expected to have completed an accredited Radiology residency and to be an ACR Board Eligible Radiologist. 

Fellows sponsored for H-1B visa by the UCSD Department of Radiology?
International medical graduates, who are accepted into a Radiology fellowship program at UCSD, are sponsored for the J-1 visa through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). 

How much vacation time do fellows receive? 
Fellows receive four weeks of paid vacation per year (20 working days). 

What is your Maternity/Paternity Leave Policy? 
Please contact UCSD Radiology's Education Services at 619-543-5493. 

What Malpractice Insurance do you offer? 
Professional liability insurance is supplied by the University of California Regents.