AOI FELLOW DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
AOI Fellows have an array of procedural duties and clinical responsibilities. Chief among these are adhering to the published work schedule. Fellows preview and dictate MSK MR, CT, and Nuclear medicine studies for review with the MSK Staff, and perform or assist with all MSK-related procedures. This includes joint injection/aspiration, biopsy, and ultrasound. Fellows also help maintain the VIA Interesting Case file.
Other duties include: helping to prepare cases for the quarterly Ortho-Radiology conference, coordinating cases for review with Orthopedic Fellows, attending lectures given by MSK Staff, attending ultrasound tutorials, leading quarterly MSK case conferences, and supervising visiting fellows and residents.
Rotations change on a daily basis as set forth in the online Scheduling system (QGenda).
MSK Fellow 1 (OSC)
The MSK1 Fellow is primarily responsible for performing joint injections/aspirations and other procedures at the St. Vincent’s Birmingham OrthoSports Center (OSC). This fellow also previews and predicates MSK studies prior to review with the MSK Staff. Modalities include MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine studies. This fellow also participates in MSK CT and Ultrasound guided procedures as time allows.
MSK Fellow 2 (MSK/Spine)
This fellow focuses on previewing and dictating MSK studies prior to review with the MSK Staff. Modalities include MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine studies. This fellow also participates in MSK CT and Ultrasound guided procedures as time allows. As the year progresses, this fellow can also choose to review Spine MRI and CT studies with the MSK Spine and Neuroradiology staff.
AOI Fellows each rotate through one of several general radiology shifts usually at an outpatient imaging center. Duties include performing general radiology procedures including fluoroscopy and joint injections. Duties also include independent reading of general radiology studies (no advanced Neuro, advanced MSK, or mammography). No advanced procedures are included. VIA radiologists are always available for instant consultation. This fellow shift has proven beneficial to past fellows in preparing them for general call with VIA, maintaining their general skills from residency, and preparing them for their future radiology practice.
After Hours Call
Fellows participate in the VIA general call/after hours pool with the exception of overnights; fellows are not required to work overnights. After hours work can be done from home, the VIA business office, or on-site. Home workstations and IT support are provided to fellows by VIA. Weekend day call shifts are split between 2 general radiologists. This primarily consists of reading of general radiology studies with occasional basic general radiology procedures. Backup is available for advanced procedures. Weekday evening shifts (for additional compensation) consist of independent reading of general radiology studies.
Internal moonlighting is built into the fellowship schedule with reimbursement at a competitive rate. Additional internal moonlighting opportunities are available. External moonlighting is allowed upon approval by VIA.