Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the UC San Diego Musculoskeletal (MSK) Fellowship. The fellowship is one year in duration and consists of clinical, teaching, and research responsibilities restricted to musculoskeletal imaging at three hospitals: the UC San Diego Medical Center, Thornton Pavilion (UCSD La Jolla), and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The program is geared toward but not restricted to the fellow who is considering a career in academic musculoskeletal imaging, a field that offers excellent opportunities.

At UCSD, you will read studies for diverse patient types including children, VA patients, teleradiology clients, and indigent patients. You will work daily with world experts in the field.

The MSK Fellowship offers a valuable year devoted to the study of musculoskeletal imaging along with a balanced program devoted to clinical, teaching, and research activities. The Fellow will gain experience in reading all modalities:  MRI, computed tomography and radiographs. In addition, the Fellow will take part in daily arthrograms and almost daily ultrasound and CT guided procedures at the hospitals.

Application Instructions

At the time of matriculation, you must have completed an accredited Radiology residency and to be an ABR Board Eligible Radiologist.

The application deadline is July 1, 2017 for the fellowship year beginning July 1, 2019
Please submit the following:

  • Fellowship Application form
  • Personal Statement. Please discuss your career goals and personal interests.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (including one from your Program Director)
  • Photo
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Dean's Letter
  • Copy of USMLE/LMCC transcript
  • Copy of medical school diploma

Interviews will be held in July and early August. If you are accepted, you will be expected to obtain a California medical license before beginning your program.

Please call if you wish to talk to faculty or participants (current and former) about the program; this can be easily arranged.

Please send all application materials to:

Evelyne Fliszar, MD

Program Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

c/o Audrey Hilliard
Hillcrest Outpatient Pavillion (HCOP)
408 Dickinson St.
San Diego, CA 92103-8226
T:  619-471-3339
F:  619-543-2960

Your completed file will be reviewed and you will be contacted about the possibility of a personal interview.


Who may apply for this program?
Only US citizens may apply at this time to the clinical fellowship, due to restrictions on J1 visas that do not allow fellows to work independently. (However, if the applicant is a non US citizen, he/she may apply to the clinical fellowship if fully funded from his/her hospital.)

Note: The J1 visa restriction does not apply to research fellowships or visiting programs.

At the time of matriculation to the program, you are expected to have completed an accredited Radiology residency and to be an ABR Board Eligible Radiologist.

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

Do you provide funding for travel to scientific meetings?
We will provide funding to allow travel to any scientific meetings in which the fellow is presenting the results of his/her research activities. Please also be aware, however, that the reimbursement for travel is limited to the UCSD Academic Senate guidelines, with a maximum reimbursement of $1000 for the year.

What are typical call responsibilities for a fellow?
Although each fellow also carries a beeper for night call every four or five weeks, only rarely is it necessary for that fellow to report to any of the hospitals. There is a routine Saturday and Sunday staffed read out at both the University and VA hospitals for the on-call fellow. In addition, the fellow will be responsible for 4-5 weeks of late shift (5-11pm).

How many fellows do you take?
We will be accepting and providing full funding and benefits to approximately 5 fellows .

Do you accept off-cycle start dates for the 12 month fellowship?
Absolutely. Some fellows may elect to have an off-cycle start date.