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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 2018 appointment year.

SBI wishes to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the Program Directors committee and their assistance in securing the required number of position and institutions to ensure a successful match in 2017.

Christine Dove, MD, Christine Hakim, MD, Cherie Kuzmiak, MD, Victoria Mango, MD, Laurie Margolies, MD, Amy Melsaether, MD, Ramya Pham, MD, Jordana Phillips, MD, Maria Piraner, MD, Mary S. Newell, MD, Shadi Aminololama-Shakeri, MD, Priscilla Slanetz, MD and Margaret Szabunio, 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 date pattern for the match is:

  • Interview Period begins January 1, 2018
  • March 21, 2018: Registration opens
  • April 25, 2018: Ranking opens
  • May 16, 2018: Quota change deadline
  • May 30, 2018: Ranking closes
  • June 13, 2018: Match Day
  • July 1, 2019: 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 2017 and to begin the interviewing period for candidates on January 1, 2018, 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 UnderstandingPlease 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.
  • Cooperation: It will be a difficult first step; however the success of the fellowship match program depends on your willingness to not make any offers outside of the match or to begin interviewing earlier than January 1, 2018. 

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 (we will continue to add more institutions as we receive the MOU's and Agreements):

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor University Medical Center

Beaumont Health System Royal Oak Campus

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston 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 Health System

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Houston Methodist Hospital

Indiana University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Kettering Network Radiologists, Inc.

Louisiana State University Medical Center

Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mayo Clinic – Arizona

Mayo Clinic – Rochester

Medical College of Wisconsin

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center

Montefiore Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center – Rippel Breast Center

Mount Sinai Comprehensive Breast Center

Mount Sinai Medical Center – Ichan School of Medicine

New York University Medical Center

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 Health Care

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

The University of Arizona College of Medicine

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

University of Arkansas for Medical Science

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 Chicago Medicine

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Denver

University of Florida College of Medicine

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

University of Kansas Medical Center

University of Kentucky Medical Center

University of Maryland Medical Center

University of Massachusetts Medical School

University of Michigan Health System

University of New Mexico Medical Center

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Pittsburgh Magee Women's Hospital

University of Rochester Medical Center

University of Tennessee Memphis

University of Texas Medical Branch

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

University of Utah – Huntsman Cancer Hospital

University of Virginia School of Medicine

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

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’s and the Benefits of Using a NRMP Match. We have also provided the two informational webinars about the NRMP Match in the videos below.