Breast/Women's Imaging

Breast Imaging Fellowship

The Division of Breast Imaging at Penn is pleased to offer a comprehensive one-year experience in breast imaging. Rotations in the Breast Imaging section provide extensive clinical training in multimodality screening, diagnostic, and interventional breast imaging. Interdisciplinary experiences in breast surgery and pathology are also available.

Women's Imaging Track
Alternatively, a one-year experience incorporating Breast Imaging, Ultrasound, and Body MRI is also available.

Breast Imaging

The Section of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine performs approximately 22,000 mammograms and approximately 2000 interventional breast procedures a year. The breast imaging center occupies approximately 5,900 square feet and contains 6 full-field digital mammographic units, a digital breast tomosynthesis unit, 3 dedicated breast ultrasound machines, a prone table stereotactic biopsy unit with digital acquisition and display capabilities (Lorad), and a dedicated breast MRI unit.

The fellow, under attending supervision, performs a wide range of breast biopsy procedures including stereotactic biopsies, ultrasound guided core biopsies, and needle localizations under both mammographic and ultrasound guidance. Experience with MRI guided breast interventional procedures is also available. The fellow also actively participates in mammographic interpretation and diagnostic sonographic evaluation. There is active didactic teaching on the clinical service. There are 6 attendings on the service, which gives the fellow exposure to a wide range of styles and approaches to breast imaging.

The fellow is also involved in the organization of the monthly mammographic-pathology conference. During the conference, we discuss interesting biopsy proven cases with pathologic correlation provided by the Pathology department. The fellow also may be involved in resident teaching with the attending overseeing the fellow.

Many mentored research opportunities are available on the Breast Imaging service. Multiple breast imaging related research activities are ongoing in the Department including tomosynthesis, ultrasound and MRI research. The fellow is strongly encouraged to participate in a research project.

The goal of the fellowship is to train top-notch individuals in the field of Breast/Women's Imaging, highly qualified for private practice or to enter an academic career. Penn fellows are highly sought after in the job market.


Please refer to the how to apply page for additional details, including licensure requirements and any applicable visa requirements.

Please indicate your track selection (Breast Imaging or Women's Imaging) on your application.

Please include the following credentials with your application:

  1. Penn Fellowship Application Form
  2. Transcript of Medical School Record and Dean's Letter.
  3. Letter of recommendation from your program director.
  4. 2 Additional letters of recommendation from 2 physicians who know you well.
  5. A letter from you expressing your present thoughts on your long range goals and interests in Breast or Women's imaging. This should include your interests in investigation, teaching and academic activities. A candid statement of your general aims would be appreciated.
  6. Curriculum Vitae
  7. ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  8. USMLE STEP scores


Breast/Women's Imaging Fellowship
Elizabeth McDonald, MD, PhD – Program Director
Attention: Rosemary DiCicco
Department of Radiology/Breast Imaging
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 1 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office: 215-614-0124
Fax: 215-662-7436