Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Body MRI Fellowship

Body MRI Fellowship

The Body MRI Fellowship is a dedicated one-year program for one fellow, which incorporates all aspects of body and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (both clinical and research), including basic and advanced principles of MRI. Specialized applications include MR angiography, cholangiopancreatography, elastography, enterography, cholangiopancreatography, multiparametric prostate for fusion biopsy, rectal cancer staging, and dynamic urogynocologic stress imaging. The Body MRI Fellow becomes an important member of the Body MRI service leadership, attending monthly staff meetings and, in close collaboration with MRI faculty, participating in continuous improvement of the MRI service.

In- and outpatient services are active and the fellow will help plan protocols, monitor studies, manage rotating radiology residents and provide appropriate diagnoses and consultations to the referring clinical services. The fellowship provides ample time and opportunity for active ongoing research related to magnetic resonance imaging. The Jefferson Body MRI service is a busy teleradiography-based service located in a central reading room, receiving and interpreting MRI exams from MRI units from 4 different vendors, including 1.5T and 3T units. We also receive a large volume of requests for 2nd opinions of exams performed at other institutions. This experience provides a unique opportunity to learn protocol optimization for systems with varied capabilities, and to understand the range of MRI practices both locally and throughout the United States. All case interpretation and teaching is by body MRI specialists who emphasize practical application of MRI physics, teaching and techniques.

  • Completed, signed and dated application for Graduate Training.
  • Two passport size photos.
  • CV with no gaps in timeline after medical school using standard date/year format.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Copy of your USMLE (STEP 1-3) or COMPLEX Scores.
  • Med school transcript.
  • Dean's Letter, letter of good standing from program director, and one letter of recommendation.    
    • D.O. applicants must come from an ACGME-accredited residency program.
    • Foreign medical school students must have ECFMG certification.

Applications are accepted starting July 1, with rolling admissions (per AUR/SCARD agreement). Interviews begin from Dec 1 - March 31 with rolling admissions.


Badar Shafi, MBBS


Orna Komisar, Consultant Radiologists, Australia


Anuj Patel, Northwest Radiology, Indiana


Jewel Appleton, Texas Children's Hospital, Texas

  • 1 year course, 10 months Body MRI, 1 month elective.
  • MRI
    • Protocol development and interpretation of Body MRI (~10000 cases per year)
    • Principles of MRI physics
    • Interpret advanced MRI techniques
      • MR Enterography
      • MR Prostate
      • MR Elastography
      • MR Rectal cancer staging
    • Studies performed on 12 1.5-Tesla, 2 3-Tesla, and 1 PET/MRI scanner
  • Lectures and Conferences
    • Daily morning lectures for the first wo months of the year
      • Lecture schedule
    • Multidisciplinary conferences
      • Uveal Melanoma conference
      • Hepatocellular Carcinoma conference
      • Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary conference
      • CVIR-MR Correlation conference
      • Abdominal Radiology Pathology conference: City-wide multi-institutional conference held quarterly

Summer Lecture Series

Attending lectures given to fellows during first two months of fellowship.

Breast MRI Cardiac 2 Cardiac 1 MSK Field Strength MSK Image Optimization
CT Colonography Transplant Ultrasound US Guided Procedures CT Emergencies US Gynecologic Emergencies
MRI Contrast Agents Crohn's Disease Body MRI Getting Started MRA Ultrasound Ectopic Pregnancy
Venous Ultrasound MRI: Spatial Localization Pancreas MRI: T1 and T2 MRI Physics Part 2
Trauma Radiation Safety CT Cardiac RECIST and Cancer Measurements Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Ll- RADS Echogenicity
MSK MR Protocols Core Injuries: Ultrasound and MRI Ultrasound Elastography Body MRI Emergencies Vascular Protocols
CTA of the Aorta and Pulmonary Arteries Ultrasound 1st Trimester Ultrasound of Twins Liver-Directed Treatments for Metastic Uveal Melanoma Scrotal Ultrasound
Body MRI Emergencies II MRI Pulse Sequence CT Workflow and Protocols MRI Prostate Ultrasound Ectopic Pregnancy