MGH-China Translational Ultrasound Research Training Program

Please note, the MGH-China Translational Ultrasound Research Training Program is currently at capacity until 2021. We are not accepting any applications for 2020 at this time. Applications for January 2021 and after may be submitted at any time, but we will not review any candidates until June, 2020. 

1. Program Introduction

China’s large population, diversity of health care delivery settings, and emphasis on research and education have created a conducive environment for translational ultrasound research. As a result, we have noted substantial interest in translational imaging research training amongst Chinese physicians. We welcome these physicians, and have created a training program that builds on CURT’s established training curriculum with several additional components relevant to Chinese trainees.

The MGH-China training program has a dedicated Director, Dr. Qian Li, who obtained his MD and training at Beijing Medical University. Dr. Li is an experienced researcher, who works with each post-doctoral fellow to craft their study program. He also assists trainees with identifying and developing mentored research projects and with defining publishable projects.

An observership component is a key part of the MGH-China post-doctoral physician training program. Physician post-doctoral fellows are welcome to attend daily case conferences where teaching cases are discussed. They are also encouraged to attend MGH Radiology Grand Rounds and the numerous medical imaging conferences held every day at MGH.

In addition, MGH’s Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) offers two 12-week courses in English as a Second Language for Researchers and various workshops on scientific presentations and other public speaking skills. There is also an active community of Chinese post-doctoral research fellows at MGH, which creates opportunities for trainees to meet their scientific colleagues among our collaborators and the greater Boston academic community.

2. Eligibility

  • Applicants must have a medical degree and an interest in ultrasound or medical imaging.
  • It is desirable for the person to have prior research experience.
  • Applicants must be able to read, speak, and learn in English.
  • Collaborative research is a dynamic, collective effort. It is important that an applicant is able to communicate successfully and will be an enthusiastic member of the team. 
  • To be considered for this program, applicants must provide written confirmation that their home institution is aware of their application, and will approve the applicant attending the research training program if accepted by CURT. If approval from the home institution depends on an offer letter from CURT, then this letter should include the time needed for the home institution to give approval once an offer is received. This letter must be:
    • Printed on official letterhead of applicant's home institution
    • Addressed to Dr. Anthony Samir, and is to be included with application materials
    • Include applicant's entire name
    • Stamped by the Human Resources Department of the applicant's home institution
    • Signed and Dated by applicant and officer in the Human Resources Department. 

3. Admission

Step 1: Please complete this application and send to with the subject line CURT China Training Program. Please include your CV, cover letter, and letter of approval from home institution.

Step 2: After the all the materials have been received and reviewed, applicants will have an online interview before being accepted into the program. 

Step 3: Applicants will be notified of the decision by email.

Step 4: For accepted applicants, CURT will provide support to obtain a J-1 visa. 


For accepted candidates, please note: 

  •  The offer to attend this program depends on the applicant successfully obtaining their J-1 visa. Please be aware that this may take 3-6 months, and a start date will be set based on a mutually agreed timeline. Once the process for visa paperwork has been initiated, there is no flexibility in changing these dates, except in extreme cases. Any concerns or conflicts with the originial proposed program dates must be addressed before a DS-2019 has been issued.
  • If an accepted candidate wishes to be accompanied by dependents (spouse or children) during the training program, CURT must be informed before the applicant's paperwork is starteed. All dependents who will need a J-2 visa must be listed from the beginning of the process. Dependents will not be added after the J-1 visa paperwork request has been filed. 


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