Residency / Fellowship Program
The Harvard Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine sponsors an ACGME-accredited clinical residency training program in nuclear medicine. Founded in 1971, the goal of the JPNM is to provide the opportunity for qualified physicians to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become leaders in the field of nuclear medicine, as well to meet the eligibility requirements for board certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
The JPNM training program, which is administratively based at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is a fully integrated program including five Harvard-affiliated institutions: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the VA Boston Health Care System. These sites provide a wide range of clinical and educational experiences, including general nuclear medicine, oncologic imaging, pediatric nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, PET and SPECT hybrid imaging, and radionuclide therapy. For qualified and interested applicants, there may be an opportunity to concentrate their training on nuclear oncology and oncology imaging. The training program includes a formal didactic curriculum in clinical nuclear medicine, nuclear medicine physics, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, and health physics and provides practical training in cardiac stress testing, radiopharmacy procedures, radionuclide therapy, and radiation safety. During the academic year, trainees organize and participate in a weekly clinical conference/journal club and attend the weekly Seminars in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging held at Harvard Medical School.
Exposure to a wide range of clinical nuclear medicine cases, interaction with clinical staff and faculty with varied interests and areas of expertise, and the availability of basic and applied nuclear medical research resources provides a unique environment that fosters a commitment to excellence on the part of our trainees. Graduates are expected to be capable of practicing clinical nuclear medicine at the highest level, advancing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging with clinical innovation, effectively teaching future residents and fellows, and assuming leadership roles in local institutions or national organizations. In short, the program strives to enable its graduates to advance the field of nuclear medicine as well as to advance with developments in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
In addition to training opportunities provided by its clinical residency, the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine provides opportunities for research training. The goal is to develop nuclear medical physician-scientists who wish to pursue academic careers as productive researchers and who aspire to play a critical role in defining the future of the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
Foreign Medical Graduates
Foreign Medical Graduates must hold a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of eligibility for a J-1 or H-1 clinical visa.
The field of nuclear medicine offers training opportunities for trainees coming from a variety of clinical backgrounds. Training duration and board eligibility will depend upon the trainee’s prior educational experience. The goal of training is to provide the educational and clinical experience necessary to seek certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
Applicants with prior training in Diagnostic Radiology: Applicants who will have completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency and are board certified (or on-track for board certification) in Radiology may apply for one year of training in the JPNM (occasionally, for interested trainees, this may be extended to two years). Typically, this training will occur during the “fellowship” year of radiology training. With on-going changes in Diagnostic Radiology residency training, there are opportunities for 3:2 combined training in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Applicants with training in other medical specialties: Highly qualified applicants who successfully have completed a residency and are board certified in a specialty other than radiology may apply to the two-year track. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have some prior experience in cross-sectional imaging before applying to the program.
Applicants who have completed an internship: Highly qualified applicants who successfully have completed an ACGME-accredited internship, on occasion, may apply for three years of training. Typically, these applicants must demonstrate unique skills or other attributes to be competitive in the application process.
JPNM Residency/Fellowship Program Administration:
Frederick D. Grant, M.D.
Training Program Director
J. Anthony Parker, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Training Program Director