Musculoskeletal Radiology

The Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology is one of the premier fellowships of its kind in the country. The fellowship offers comprehensive training in MSK radiology and procedures. Fellows benefit from the strength of our experienced faculty, large and diverse volume of cases, and strong relationship with world-class referring physicians at the Washington University School of Medicine. Graduates of our fellowship continue their careers in both academic and private practices throughout the country.

The fellowship provides intensive, clinical training covering a broad spectrum of imaging modalities and procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of bone, joint, and soft tissue disorders. Fellows receive extensive hands-on experience in protocoling, monitoring, and interpreting CT, MR, MR arthrogram, radiographic, and ultrasound examinations. Six fellowship-trained MSK radiologists constitute the faculty who supervise and teach the fellows. Trainees achieve increasing levels of responsibility and independence during the 12-month fellowship in preparation for independent practice.

The section services the highly subspecialized Washington University-based Department of Orthopedics, several community-based subspecialty practices, as well as professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams in St. Louis. Imaging is also provided for Washington University-based rheumatology, rehabilitation, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, and oncology practices.

Inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital main campus, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish South County Center. Additionally, faculty and fellows provide subspecialty imaging services at the Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield, MO. All equipment is state-of-the-art and includes computed and digital radiography, multidetector CT, ultrasound, and 1.5-T and 3-T MR scanners. All interpretations are performed on PACS workstations.

Fellows also rotate through a busy MSK interventional procedure service, where diagnostic and therapeutic spine procedures are performed under imaging guidance, including nerve block, facet injection, epidural injection, nerve root ablation, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty. In the extremities, procedures include arthrography and tenography as well as other joint injections and aspirations. The procedural service also performs numerous bone marrow biopsies, biopsies of bone and soft tissue lesions, cementoplasty, and tumor ablation procedures in both the spine and extremities.

Fellows participate in multiple teaching and clinical conferences, attend weekly didactic lectures led by the faculty, and have abundant opportunities to interact with and teach the MIR radiology residents. Research opportunities and resources abound, and academic time is provided for fellows to pursue individual interests.

Interested fellows may also volunteer for moonlighting opportunities within the BJC medical system. These include teleradiology coverage for local community hospitals on weeknights and weekends; weekend shifts covering the emergency department; and off-site moonlighting at an affiliated regional hospital in Rolla, MO.


Application Process Timeline

Thank you for your interest in the Musculoskeletal Imaging & Intervention Fellowship program at MIR. We offer 5 fellowship positions per year. At this time all of our spots have been filled for 2021-2022.

We are participating in the MSK fellowship match for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please see the Society of Skeletal Radiology website for more details on the timeline.

Selected applicants will be invited for one-day interviews at MIR in order to meet the faculty and tour the facilities.

Match Timeline

  • August 1, 2020: Programs can start accepting applications
  • November 1, 2020: MSK Fellowships can begin interviewing applicants
  • March 24, 2021: Match Opens
  • March 31, 2021: Programs complete interviews
  • April 21, 2021: Rankings Open
  • May 12, 2021: Quota Change Deadline
  • May 27, 2021: Rank Order List Deadline
  • June 9, 2021: Match Day

Application Materials

In order to apply for our MSK radiology fellowship, please submit the following:

1. Required Documents:

- SSR MSK Fellowship common application form
- Curriculum vitae 
- Personal statement 
- Three letters of recommendation with signature
- Small digital picture

2. Send your electronic application materials to:
Cec Valdez


Stefanie Castro

3. Contact Information:

Jonathan Baker, M.D.
Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging & Intervention Fellowship Program
c/o Cecilia Valdez
Musculoskeletal Radiology Section
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

510 South Kingshighway Boulevard
Campus Box 8131
St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: 314.362.2901 
Fax: 314.362.4660