Teaching occurs in the form of one-on-one read-out of daily cases. Trainees are empowered to independently manage the weekday neuroradiology service, serving in the role of an attending neuroradiologist with proper oversight. Fellows also experience four late-weekday shifts per month and one weekend shift per month in an "on call" setting where a myriad of ER and inpatient examinations are interpreted with a single on-site attending neuroradiologist. Fellows do not perform overnight call. This rapidly matures the fellow’s ability to operate independently.
Fellows broaden their clinical knowledge base by attending multiple interdepartmental conferences which feature the pediatric neuroradiologist in a central role. This includes interdisciplinary patient care conferences in neuro-oncology, epilepsy, head and neck, neurovascular and neurology/critical care. Additional supplementary conferences include a weekly neuropathology conference where a brain cutting teaching experience is had.
The neuroradiology fellow also participates in fellow-level conferences as part of the Pediatric Radiology fellowship program and in Fellows’ College activities organized and sponsored by the Pediatric Fellowship Program directors group. These serve all of the pediatric medical subspecialty fellowships by providing lectures and workshops on research, mentoring, job searching and other general topics.
All rotations are in Pediatric Neuroradiology and take place at Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus. If the fellow wishes to participate in elective rotations in other divisions of our department (such as fetal imaging, nuclear radiology, musculoskeletal, etc.), these can be arranged. Occasionally, electives may be arranged at other Texas Medical Center institutions based on the specific needs or interests of the fellow.
The fellow is expected to participate in one research project with a faculty mentor, with the goal of submitting a scientific abstract for oral presentation to the American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology or Society for Pediatric Radiology annual meeting. The fellow is expected to travel to the meeting to present the abstract, with expenses paid by the department.
A draft of the manuscript based on the accepted abstract is required prior to the meeting. Participation in additional research projects must be approved by the fellowship program director.
The Neuroradiology Division is actively maturing clinical and translational research objectives, led by Drs. Michael Paldino, Stephen Kralik and Jill Hunter.