The MSK fellowship strives to provide an entirely comprehensive year-long experience encompassing the full breadth of MSK diagnostic imaging and intervention. Our section provides diagnostic services for the University of Colorado Hospital as well as over a dozen outlying hospitals, clinics, and urgent care facilities. Fellows will interpret MRI, CT, radiograph, and targeted ultrasound examinations of the extremities and spine.
The section works closely with our referrers from the Orthopedic, Oncology, Pain, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Primary Care, Spine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatric clinics. In addition, we provide imaging and intervention services to local Denver NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and NCAA teams.
Our fellow philosophy is structured around a system of graduated responsibility, as fellows are hired as “Clinical Instructors” within the School of Medicine. Throughout the year, fellows will develop and earn increased levels of independence in their work to help prepare for independent practice. In addition, fellows are a vital component in the education of our phenomenal residents at the University of Colorado Radiology Residency.
Fellows will split time between diagnostics and a robust procedural service based out of the University of Colorado Hospital utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.
Commonly performed procedures include:
- Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
- Electroporation (occasional)
- Epidural Blood Patches
- Joint Injection and Aspirations
- Bone and Soft Tissue Biopsies
- Radiofrequency Ablation
Fellows will rotate through a variety of clinical sites, often embedded within orthopedics and sports medicine clinics:
Fellows will participate in a multitude of multidisciplinary conferences:
- Weekly sectional teaching conferences led by fellows and residents, including monthly journal clubs
- Weekly sarcoma conference as part of a quaternary referral center, evaluating local patients and from surrounding states
- Weekly spine conference
- Weekly limb preservation conferences
- Monthly orthopedic oncology conferences
- Monthly bone tumor metastasis conferences
With such a wide variety of exposure, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in multiple research opportunities both on diagnostic and interventional subjects. We require that all fellows complete one research project during their year, ideally to be presented at a national conference. Our faculty and trainees regularly present at national conferences including SSR, RSNA, and ARRS to name a few. Dedicated time for these endeavors is provided as needed.