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2018 MSK Fellowship Match Announcement

                                                                                                        1/25/2018             


It’s time for an update on the MSK Radiology Fellowship Match! Your SSR Residency and Fellowship Education Committee (led by the intrepid Bethany Casagranda, DO) has been hard at work canvassing fellowship directors and gathering information from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in preparation for the creation of the match. Since my last communication on this subject, a lot has happened.  Earlier this month at the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD), it was decided (led by the efforts of our own Michael Recht, MD!) that the chairs of American radiology departments will strongly encourage their faculty who direct fellowships to organize ALL radiology fellowships into a uniform match schedule and process.  What this means is that in addition to the existing fellowship matches for breast, neuro, and interventional radiology fellowships, the remaining major subspecialties (body/abdominal and musculoskeletal) will be strongly encouraged to participate. It appears highly likely that MSK will be the “first mover” in this initiative.  Further, it is desired to move the time frame of the match back from the current June of the third year of residency to September of the 4th year. This will allow:

  1. Uniform time frames for interviewing and decision-making
  2. More time for residents to reach informed, mature decisions about fellowship choices
  3. A more transparent and equitable process overall.

Letters of commitment will be sought from all fellowship directors in the US in order to provide the NRMP with their required 75% threshold to formalize the process.  So far there has been OVERWHELMING support of this process, and we are confident that we will far exceed that threshold. Time frame for this process is being carefully evaluated, but at this point the hope is that this can be formalized for a 2019 match for 2020 appointments!


In the meantime, please stay tuned as information becomes available. Fellowship directors will soon be receiving additional materials including the required commitment letter. We may even have more detailed information at the SSR annual meeting in March. Exciting times!

Sincerely,

Andrew Sonin, MD: SSR President