Rudy Van Hemert, M.D., FACR, Program Director
Anthony Anderson, B.S., Program Coordinator
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Radiology offers a one-year ACGME-accredited neuroradiology fellowship. We participate in the neuroradiology fellowship match administered by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Match information and the annual schedule are posted on the NRMP website. We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).
Our neuroradiology division consists of full-time neuroradiologists and additional faculty members that share time between our division and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The neurointerventional division includes full-time, radiology-trained faculty members. All faculty within the diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology divisions are fellowship trained.
We provide services for affiliated hospitals with a combined 1,200 beds and the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. UAMS is the state’s hub of stroke care and intervention and also boasts world-renowned programs in myeloma and neurosurgery. UAMS is the first and only health care provider in Arkansas to be certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
In addition to general neuroradiology, fellows rotate through Pediatric Neuroradiology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Interventional Neuroradiology at UAMS. Interventional experience includes participation in acute stroke intervention, neurovascular interventions, and image-guided spine procedures.
Training includes participation in a variety of multi-disciplinary conferences and interactions with our clinical colleagues from neurology, neurosurgery, ENT, and other specialties. Fellows are also participate in divisional and multi-disciplinary journal clubs.
Scholarly activity, including involvement in research, is strongly encouraged. Fellows are provided academic time intended to facilitate preparation of abstracts for national neuroradiology meetings. Presentation at the ASNR is encouraged and subsidized by the department.
Candidates for ACGME-accredited programs must meet all program-specific eligibility criteria: ABR-certified or eligible, USMLE Steps 1 – 3. All required clinical education for entry into the fellowship must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, an AOA-approved residency program, a program with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty accreditation, or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency program located in Canada.
In addition to applying to the match, please follow the Fellowship application process below.
Qualified candidates must complete application and supporting documents electronically through ERAS. The program director will consider all ERAS applications that include:
- Completed application form
- Current CV
- Personal statement of career goals and professional plans
- USMLE scores (all scores)
- Three letters of recommendation from current and former clinical faculty, recently dated and on institutional letterhead, are required. One letter must be from your residency program director. (If you have been in Private practice for five or more years, non-partner physician letters are acceptable.)
We recommend you submit your application materials as early as possible. Complete applications are reviewed in an ongoing fashion and it is our policy to make interview decisions as quickly as possible. Candidates who are selected for an interview will notified by email and scheduled for an on-campus visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the program accept applications from IMGs?
We seek the most qualified fellows, regardless of country of education. Because of the large number of applications and the difficulty of evaluating the records of IMGs, we can offer interviews only to graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who have a currently valid ECFMG certificate or a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Arkansas and meet the eligibility requirements for the program.
Do I need a medical license?
You will not need a medical license while in the program, but the College of Medicine will not admit a fellow that the Arkansas State Medical Board (ASMB) will not consider for an Arkansas license. (See Arkansas Medical Practices Act 17-95-401 through 17-95-407 on Licensing and Regulation 14 of the Regulations of the Arkansas State Medical Board.).
Is the start date flexible?
No. The program begins July 1. If you are an IMG, you must be able to enter the country at least two weeks prior to the start of the fellowship in order to adequately process your appointment and complete all documentation required for you to begin the fellowship program on the approved start date.
Is the fellowship available to foreign applicants without accredited training?
The program may accept an exceptionally qualified IMG applicant who does not satisfy the ACGME eligibility requirements but who provide evidence of additional qualifications. These qualifications must be presented to our Graduate Medical Education Committee for their review and approval. An applicant who wants to be considered exceptionally qualified should have documented evidence of the following in his/her CV and personal statement:
- Completion of a radiology residency outside the continental United States that was not accredited by the ACGME, AOA, ACGME-I, RCPSC or CFPC
- Clinical excellence, in comparison to peers, throughout training
- Participation in additional clinical or research training in radiology or neuroradiology, scholarship in radiology or neuroradiology, and/or leadership during or after residency