Breast Imaging International Visiting Fellowship


Please Note: the UVA Radiology International Fellowship in Breast Imaging is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this page in the future for updated information (page last updated on 4/30/21).

The purpose of this fellowship is to improve breast imaging knowledge and practice at foreign medical institutions. Candidates must be employed by and planning to return to an international institution. There is no tuition required for this program.

Program Description

Fellowships will be 6-12 months. Approximately half of the time will be spent in the clinic and half will be spent working on research.  Research time will be interspersed with clinical time in order to complete one or more research projects. Presentation of research at a national meeting is expected and supported by the department.

Clinical observation will include all aspects of breast imaging—screening and diagnostic mammography, tomosynthesis, contrast-enhanced mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI; as well as breast procedures—US-guided biopsy, stereotactic guided biopsy, MRI-guided biopsy, cyst aspiration, wire localization, radioactive seed localization, and galactography. Fellows are expected to be present during business hours and be actively engaged in the learning process.

Note: Program participants will not be granted clinical privileges or have a medical license, therefore they will have no hands-on patient contact.

Program Requirements

Requirements for application:

  • Must be an M.D., D.O., or other physician degree equivalent.
  • Must have completed a residency program in diagnostic radiology (U.S. or international)
  • Must be planning to return to practice in home country
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English language

This is a non-salaried observership position. The Fellow must provide evidence of financial support during the fellowship period; typically salary is provided by the home institution or national government of your country. UVa does not provide financial support for housing, travel, or living expenses. Fellows are required to provide health insurance for themselves and any accompanying family members.

Once accepted, continuation in the program is dependent upon adequate progress, including professionalism, clinical performance, and completion of research projects. Fellows are evaluated monthly by the faculty. The fellowship may be terminated at the discretion of the fellowship director should performance fall below expectations for professionalism or commitment by the fellow.


This fellowship will be taught by the Breast Imaging Division Faculty.

Application Process

Candidates must apply by contacting Sandy Kerns via email at  You must include:

  • desired length of fellowship/dates of interest
  • cover letter
  • CV
  • three letters of reference
  • medical school transcript.

Fellows will be selected through a competitive process that will include an interview (in person or webex). Strong English language skills are required.


Jonathan Nguyen, MD
University of Virginia Health System
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Box 800170
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Sandy Kerns
Senior Education Coordinator


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