Body Magnetic Resonance/Abdominal Imaging/Fellowship Program

Program Director: John P. McGahan, M.D.

Number of Fellowship Positions: 3 per year
Duration of Fellowship: 1 year

One open position for the 2018-2019 academic year.


  • Body MRI – 3 to 4 months
  • Abdominal Interventional – 3 to 4 months
  • MRI/MSK – 1 month
  • Electives – 3 months*

*Electives may include:

  • MRI Abdominal
  • MRI Neuroradiology
  • MRI Musculoskeletal
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Chest CT CT Angiography

Clinical Duties

Body MR Service 

  1. The Body MR Service will include all non-neuro MR cases performed at all sites. These include abdomen, pelvis, chest, cardiac and vascular MR studies.
  2. The fellow or resident assigned to BMR service will be directly responsible for protocoling, supervising the performance of (includes contrast injection), and interpreting all Body MR cases at all sites. This will include contacting referring physicians for questions, prompt interpretation and dictation of all cases, and telephone reporting of results.
  3. Faculty of the various radiology subspecialty services will be responsible for prompt interpretation of all cases:
    • Musculoskeletal: MSK faculty
    • Abdomen/pelvis: Abdominal Imaging CT/MR Faculty
    • Chest: Chest Faculty
    • Cardiac: Cardiac Faculty
  4. The fellow/resident assigned to BMR is responsible for reviewing all cases with the responsible faculty physician prior to final interpretation.
    • The goals of this rotation are:
    • To provide a high quality clinical service responsive to the needs and desires of patients and referring physicians.
    • To expedite through-put and increase the number of cases performed by prompt scheduling, accurate efficient protocols, and prompt result reporting.
  5. To provide a high-quality, educational experience for fellows and residents.

Abdominal Interventional Service 

  1. The Abdominal Interventional Service will include non-angio interventional procedures. These will include thyroid biopsies, liver biopsies, renal biopsies and soft tissue biopsies. The fellow will be responsible to perform thorocentesis, chest drainage procedures, paracentesis, and abdominal/pelvic abscess drainage. The fellow will work with the faculty in performance of RFA of the liver, kidney and bone.
  2. The fellow assigned to Abdominal Interventional Services will be directly responsible for work-up and performance of non-angio interventional procedures on the service. This will include performance of the procedure and patient follow-up.
  3. Goals of the rotation are:
    • To provide a high quality clinical service responsive to patient and referring physician needs.
    • To provide high quality education experience for the fellow and residents.

Body CT Service 

The MR Abdominal fellow will be assigned to the in-patient Body CT Service while on the Body MRI Service. This service provides the opportunity for the fellow to expand skills in Body CT examinations and in CT-guided biopsy and interventional procedures and CT Angiography.


The time allotted for electives is intended to allow some flexibility for the fellow to pursue further training in specific areas of interest. Electives must be approved by the Director of the fellowship.

Teaching Responsibilities 

  1. The fellow will actively participate in teaching residents and students assigned to MR imaging services or abdominal interventional services.
  2. The fellow will prepare and deliver a minimum of four teaching conferences during the year for the radiology residents.
  3. The fellow will participate in appropriate clinical conferences as designated by the fellowship Director.

On-Call Duties

As per the Department of Radiology Chair.


  1. Completion of four-year residency in the United States or Canada.
  2. California Medical License before starting fellowship. Please visit the California Medical Board Web site or contact them directly for more information: or 916-263-2344.
  3. Requirement for Acceptance of International Medical Graduates at UC Davis for Postgraduate Training.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following materials to the fellowship coordinator at the address below.

  1. Current CV.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the director of your radiology residency program mailed from the Dean's office directly to our program.
  3. Two additional letters of recommendation from physicians of your choice addressed to the fellowship director.
  4. A letter from the dean of your medical school addressed to the fellowship director.
  5. Medical school transcripts and USMLE scores.
  6. Personal statement.
  7. Current photo (to ensure we have the correct applicant with the correct file during rank period).

Contact information

If you have questions or would like to submit your application materials, please contact:

Seema Prasad

Phone: 916-703-2273
Fax: 916-734-8490

UC Davis Health System
Department of Radiology
4860 Y Street Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817