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Musculoskeletal Imaging

The Department of Radiology of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers a 1-year clinical fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging. The training program includes experience in all phases of diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal radiology in the setting of a busy, nationally known academic medical center. 

Program Information

Program Director:  Scott Wuertzer, MD
Section Secretary:  

Rebecca Miller

Address:    Department of Radiology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1088
Phone:  336-716-4316
Fax:   336-716-1278
ACGME Accreditation:  Fully accredited
Program number: 4263621004

Clinical Training Offered

  •  Radiography 
  •  Computed tomography (CT) 
  •  Bone mineral densitometry (DXA) 
  •  Magnetic resonance (MR) Imaging 
  •  Arthrography 
  •  Imaging-guided biopsy 
  •  Interventional (epidural, nerve block, facet injection, etc.) 
  •  Musculoskeletal sonography (limited volume) 

Organization of Fellowship

The fellowship is designed to produce specialized, academically oriented musculoskeletal radiologists with superb clinical skills. Recently trained fellows have been placed in both academic and private practice positions. There is no in-house overnight call, but the fellows rotate with the staff on pager call for emergency procedures and participates on department-wide daytime weekend coverage and evening MRI Center coverage. Optional elective time may be arranged according to individual need. 

A growing volume of interventional spine procedures, including selective nerve root block, epidural steroid injection, cervical-thoracic-lumbar facet injection, and discography, presents an exceptional learning opportunity. Wake Forest is a referral center for connective-tissue sarcomas in North Carolina. Wake Forest orthopedists serve as the team physicians for Wake Forest University intercollegiate teams, including the perennially strong basketball team.  

In addition, we are active participants in clinical conferences with the orthopaedic oncology service, the trauma service, the sports medicine service and the rheumatology service. Fellows and residents on the musculoskeletal service have the opportunity to attend Orthopaedic Grand Rounds and other relevant teaching conferences sponsored by other departments. 

The fellows are provided with shared office space and full access to the radiology department's extensive academic support. A competitive package of benefits includes paid attendance at a national meeting. 

The academic offices of the Musculoskeletal Radiology Section are located on the 2nd floor of the MRI building. The clinical activities are centered in a newly constructed digital reading room in an adjacent building within the main hospital, with radiographic rooms, procedure rooms and CT scanners immediately adjacent.

MR imaging is located on the 1st floor of in the MRI building which also houses the department's extensive research facilities. Many bone studies originate from several outpatient locations and from the Emergency Department, but are read in the central reading room via PACS. The Division enjoys a very cordial relationship with members of the orthopaedic and rheumatology services. 


Total skeletal radiology faculty: 5
Society of Skeletal Radiology members: 4
International Skeletal Society members: 1

  Leon Lenchik, MD, Section Head
  Bahram Kiani, MD   
  Jason Powell, MD
  Maha Torabi, MD
  Scott Wuertzer, MD, Fellowship Director

Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in our 2019 - 2020 MSK Imaging Fellowship Program. This year we had multiple Wake Forest residents interested in the program and have filled our 3 spots internally.

Minimum qualifications for the fellowship include successful completion of a diagnostic radiology residency and ability to obtain a license to practice medicine in North Carolina. A personal interview is required unless there are exceptional circumstances. We can coordinate interview dates with the other 2 North Carolina musculoskeletal radiology fellowship programs (Duke and UNC).

A completed application consists of the following:

  •  Completed Fellowship Application
  •  Curriculum vitae  
  •  Personal statement or letter of interest explaining career choices and goals 
  •  Letter of recommendation from radiology residency program director 
  •  Dean's letter from medical school 
  •  Two additional letters of recommendation 
  •  Photograph (optional, for identification) 

Completed applications, letters of recommendation, and supporting documents should be addressed to Dr. Wuertzer. Requests for application materials and inquiries concerning interview arrangements, the receipt of materials, and administrative details of the application process should be addressed to Ms. Rebecca Miller at


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