Breast Imaging Fellowship

The Breast Imaging Section at Yale offers a comprehensive fellowship according to the guidelines and curriculum recommended by the Society of Breast Imaging. The faculty members are leaders in the fields of digital breast tomosynthesis and screening breast ultrasound. Our fellows receive extensive clinical exposure to all aspects of breast imaging including cutting edge technology such as digital breast tomosynthesis and 3T breast MRI. The fellows are also well trained in the fundamentals of breast imaging including screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasonography and interventional breast procedures. Full year breast imaging fellowships or combination fellowships are available. Currently, three fellowship positions are offered annually. All twelve-month breast imaging fellows are offered one month of elective time. For those trainees interested in research, numerous projects are available.

The Breast Imaging section performs approximately 48,000 studies, including interventional procedures, each year. More than 15,000 screening mammograms with tomosynthesis are performed at Yale New Haven Hospital and three satellite offices. In addition, more than 5,000 diagnostic mammograms, as well as ductograms, breast ultrasound and breast MRI exams are performed annually. Nearly 1,000 interventional procedures are performed each year and include mammographic, sonographic, and MRI guided needle localizations and stereotactic, sonographic, and MRI- guided core biopsies.

Criteria for Selection:

All trainees must have completed a residency program in diagnostic radiology and must be board certified or board eligible at the beginning of the fellowship. All applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 and must submit copies of these scores. In addition, a personal statement, updated CV, completed application form and three letters of recommendation (one from the program director and one from a faculty member in breast imaging) is required. All applications will be reviewed by the breast imaging faculty and select applicants will be invited for an interview.


Weekly didactic lectures are provided by the breast imaging faculty. In addition, monthly interdisciplinary conferences take place with lectures provided by faculty in breast imaging, breast surgery, oncology and pathology. Bi-weekly interesting case conferences as well as journal clubs provide additional opportunities for education. Each week, one trainee (fellow or mini-fellow) prepares cases for tumor board and presents these while supervised by an attending radiologist.

We have filled all fellowship positions for the 2016-17 Breast Imaging fellowship.

Please check back in April 2015 for information on "How to Apply" for the 2017-18 fellowships.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates should be board eligible or certified by the American Board of Radiology, hold or be eligible for a permanent medical license in Connecticut, and must have evidence of valid work authorization.

Please send all correspondence to:

Any questions please contact:

M. Lisa Varipapa, MPH
Breast Imaging Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 203.200.5590
Fax: 203.200.5170 

Madhavi Raghu, MD
Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Radiology
Fellowship Program Director, Breast Imaging
Yale University School of Medicine