Radiology

Overview

The Department of Radiology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children offers one-year fellowships in pediatric radiology. The ACGME-accredited comprehensive fellowship program covers all aspects of pediatric imaging aimed at providing educational and practical training to meet all clinical and diagnostic challenges and is closely supervised by a group of pediatric radiologists.  St. Christopher's Hospital is affiliated with Drexel University College of Medicine and has a strong tradition of clinical teaching in pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties.

Mission

The ​fellowship ​program's mission is to prepare trainees for a career in Radiology, suitable for both academic and community hospital settings.

The goals of the program are to provide the trainee an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience to practice pediatric radiology as a specialist; to instill in the trainee intellectual motivation to maintain expertise by processes of life-long learning; to support the personal development of the trainee leading toward a productive and fulfilling career; to stress the importance of compassionate patient care and maintenance of high professional standards.

There is exposure to a large, diverse population of patients, with in-depth training in the use of all current imaging modalities, comprehensive didactic lectures and conferences involving all organ systems, fundamentals of radiation dosage and safety and the socio-economic aspects of Radiology. There is considerable opportunity for research.

Radiology Department

The department has six pediatric radiologists, who hold academic appointments at Drexel University College of Medicine. Approximately 60,000 examinations are performed in the department each year. Imaging and dictation are integrated on Centricity PACS system and IDX Radiology Information System (RIS) Equipment includes three radiographic rooms, two fluoroscopic rooms, ultrasound suite with three GE ultrasound units with power Doppler and color-flow Doppler, GE 64-slice MDCT, Toshiba 80-slice MDCT, two GE 1.5T MRIs, and a nuclear medicine suite with single-head and double-head gamma cameras and DEXA unit. Sedation and recovery rooms are located in the department, and a team of nurses and critical care physicians handle patient sedation and contrast injections.

Education

The fellowship training program in Radiology is a one-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Dr. Jacqueline Urbine is the Program Director for the Pediatric Radiology Fellowship and Dr. Mea Mallon is the Associate Program Director.  

The program accepts one fellow each year. The training program is structured to include practical training in all modalities including: plain film radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound (US), nuclear medicine, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cardiac radiology. 

Educational Opportunities

There is a strong commitment to fellow education. There are daily attending teaching conferences for hospital clinicians led by the staff radiologists. The fellow is given graded responsibility and will take charge of the conferences as the fellowship progresses.

There are multiple interdisciplinary conferences, involving numerous clinical departments. The fellow will review the case material with attending radiologists prior to presenting and discussing the case material.

In addition to teaching conferences within the hospital, the fellow is actively encouraged to attend the monthly meetings of The Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society, where advances in radiology are discussed within a wide range of imaging topics. The fellow has the opportunity to interact academically and socially with other fellows and attending radiologists within the Delaware Valley at the Metro Philadelphia Pediatric Radiology Group which is held quarterly. Additionally, the fellow attends the Society for Pediatric Radiology meeting yearly. 

Clinical Opportunities

The pediatric radiology experience encompasses patients of all ages from birth to late adolescence. Patients represent both outpatient and inpatient populations. The fellow has ample opportunity to teach and supervise residents and medical students, and to pursue research interests.

Areas of training include:

  • Cardiovascular and thoracic imaging
  • Neuroradiology
  • Abdominal imaging
  • Oncologic imaging
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Emergency radiology
  • Neonatal imaging

Clinical Research

There is considerable opportunity and scope for onsite clinical research because of the wide diversity and complexity of the spectrum of disease entities encountered on a daily basis. During the fellowship year, the fellow is encouraged to formulate a research project, collect data, write abstracts for national and international meetings and prepare manuscripts for publication in competitive scientific journals. Additionally, the fellow is required to complete a quality improvement project.

Bench research is available offsite through affiliated Hahnemann University Hospital, located in central Philadelphia.

Faculty

Jacqueline Urbine, MD
Interim Director, Department of Radiology
Program Director, Pediatric Radiology Fellowship
Fellowship Training: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Pediatric Radiology

Mea Mallon, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Radiology Fellowship
Section Chief, Ultrasound
Fellowship Training: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Pediatric Radiology

Erica Poletto, MD
Section Chief, Cardiac Imaging
Fellowship Training: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Radiology

Evan Geller, MD
Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine
Fellowship Training: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Pediatric Radiology

Archana Malik, MD
Section Chief, MR
Fellowship Training: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Radiology

Robert L. Siegle, MD, MPA, FACR
Section Chief, Diagnostic Radiography & Fluoroscopy

Faaiza Kazmi, MD
Section Chief, CT
Fellowship Training: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Pediatric Radiology
Fellowship Training: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Musculoskeletal Radiology

Eric N. Faerber, MD, FACR
Professor Emeritus, Radiology
Fellowship Training: -New England Medical Center, Boston, Neuroradiology and Pediatric Radiology

Recent Graduates and Present Employment

  • Joshua Chern, DO, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Interventional Radiology Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
  • Faaiza Kazmi, MD, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bret Kricun, MD, Lehigh Valley Imaging, Allentown, PA
  • Mea Mallon, MD, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ernesto Blanco, MD, River City Imaging Associates, San Antonio, TX

Eligibility

We welcome applications for our Fellowship in Radiology from physicians who will have completed an ACGME approved residency program and are either board-certified or eligible for board certification. Three letters of recommendation from physicians familiar with the applicant's clinical work should be included with the application. (One of the letters of recommendation should be from the Radiology Program Director.)

Pennsylvania law requires all fellows to have successfully completed all 3 Steps of the USMLE training examination prior to entering their fellowship. Copies of the scores of each USMLE Step need to be provided with the trainee's application.

International medical graduates who have satisfied the requirements listed above are invited to apply after they have successfully completed the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) process and have a valid certificate number; copies of these documents need to be provided with the application. Where applicable, the candidate needs to have a valid visa. (The Hospital supports visas other than H-visas.) After reviewing all of the information, the staff will contact competitive applicants to arrange an interview.

How to Apply

Please submit an official application, CV, training certificates, USMLE scores, and three letters of reference. An application must be completed before a candidate is invited for an interview.

Please Contact

Dana Moore, MBA, MPH
Fellowship Coordinator, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Radiology, & Pathology
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
160 East Erie Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(215) 427-5009
Dana.Moore@drexelmed.edu