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During the opening session of the Society of Breast Imaging Fellows meeting at RSNA 2014, there was discussion on how to improve the current interview and offer process for residents applying to breast imaging fellowship programs. Since that time, the Society has taken the initiative to form a Breast Imaging Fellowship Committee; Gary Whitman, MD (chair), Rachel Brem, MD, Phil Evans, MD, Debra Monticciolo, MD, Elizabeth Morris, MD, and Murray Rebner, MD. The SBI is pleased to announce the first Breast Imaging Fellowship Match was completed on June 14, 2017 for the 2019 appointment year.

SBI wishes to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the Program Directors Subcommittee and their assistance in securing the required number of position and institutions to ensure a successful Match in 2018:

Christine Dove, MD, Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, Victoria Mango, MD, Laurie Margolies, MD, Amy Melsaether, MD, Mary Newell, MD, Shadi Aminololama-Shakeri, MD, Priscilla Slanetz, MD, Margaret Szabunio, MD, Katie Hunt, MD, Janine Katzen, MD, and Kathryn Zamora, MD.

There are many benefits of the match. It allows applicants and programs an opportunity to consider all options before making a decision and allows the resident to apply one year in advance of entering a fellowship which provides them ample exposure to breast imaging so they can make an informed decision about their careers. Fellowship Programs must meet the following criteria: be accredited or affiliated with an ACGME program (your institution’s residency program meets this criterion), sign a sponsorship agreement, and agree to the set time frame as indicated by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the company that will manage the breast imaging fellowship match.

The dates for the 2019 Radiology Fellowship Match for 2020 appointments are:

  • Interview Period begins January 1, 2019
  • March 20, 2019: Match opens
  • April 24, 2019: Ranking opens
  • May 15, 2019: Quota change deadline
  • May 29, 2019: Ranking closes
  • June 12, 2019: Match Day
  • July 1, 2020: Training begins

In order to meet this requirement, the SBI is asking that all programs participating in the match agree to not make any offers to candidates in 2018 and to begin the interviewing period for candidates on January 1, 2019, no interviews until then however you may accept applications.

If your institution is participating for the first time, please sign and agree to the terms as set forth by the SBI Memorandum of Understanding. Please email the signed form to yfields@sbi-online.org

Why is SBI taking on this endeavor?

  • As the preeminent organization for Breast Imaging, it only makes sense that the Society of Breast Imaging should step in to ensure a fair and transparent process for future breast imagers.
  • As the go-to resource for residents taking their next steps in their career we want ensure proper time and exposure to breast imaging has occurred prior to making any decisions about fellowship. 
  • As the voice for breast imaging professionals this is what we should be doing to alleviate some of the unnecessary stress and anxiety for the next generation of breast imagers. 

What we need from you:

  • Commitment: To ensure the success of this program we need 100% participation. We require that all position with 6 months or more of breast imaging instruction are included in the match.
  • Communication: There is a limited window of opportunity. So we need you to not only help us share this information, but communicate the importance and benefits of participating to residents as well.

How does this benefit your program?

  • Allows for programs to rank the best candidates that are interested in your institution.
  • Provides a fair and transparent process for everyone; It eliminates the pressure on applicants to make a decision before completing all interviews.

The SBI would like to acknowledge the following institutions for their support of this important initiative in signing on to the 2020-2021 Match:

Allegheny Health Network

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor University Medical Center

Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak Campus

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston University Medical Center

Brigham & Women's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Brown University, Alpert Medical School

Cleveland Clinic

Columbia University Medical Center

Cooper University Hospital

Duke University Medical Center

Emory University, Winship Cancer Institute

George Washington University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medstar

Henry Ford Hospital

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Houston Methodist Hospital

Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai

Indiana University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University

Kettering Medical Center

Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mayo Clinic, Arizona

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical University of South Carolina

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center

Montefiore Medical Center

Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida

New York University School of Medicine

Northwestern University

Ohio State University Hospital

Oregon Health and Science University

Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Stanford University Medical School

Texas A&M University, Scott & White Medical Center

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center of El Paso

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

University of California, Irvine Medical Center

University of California San Francisco

University of California, Davis School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

University of Colorado, Denver

University of Florida College of Medicine

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

University of Kansas Medical Center

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

University of Massachusetts Medical School

University of Michigan Health System

University of Minnesota Medical Center

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Missouri – Columbia

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Pittsburgh, Magee Women’s Hospital

University of Rochester

University of Tennessee, Memphis

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Texas Medical Branch

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Hospital

University of Virginia Health System

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical Imaging

West Virginia University

Yale School of Medicine

To learn more about the Society of Breast Imaging Fellowship Match Program, we invite you to review the FAQ and the Benefits of Using an NRMP Match. We have also provided the two informational webinars about the NRMP Match in the videos below.