ARRS Melvin M. Figley Fellowship in Radiology Journalism

2019 Recipient

Neeraj Lalwani, MD

Wake Forest University and Baptist Health

About the Fellowship

ARRS offers an annual Figley Fellowship in radiology journalism for radiologists practicing in the U.S. and Canada to work closely with American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) editors and staff to learn the fundamentals of medical publishing. The purpose of this award is:

  • To stimulate bright, promising radiologists to continue with an academic career, enhance their credentials, and stimulate interest in good radiology journalism.
  • To improve the quality of radiology journals by teaching the fundamentals of medical journalism, train manuscript reviewers and future editors, and provide core teachers of medical journalism in radiology departments around the country.

The Figley Fellowship is named for Melvin M. Figley, MD, former Editor in Chief of the AJR, and is funded by The Roentgen Fund®.

For radiologists practicing outside the U.S. and Canada, please refer to the Rogers Fellowship.


Through hands-on experience, Fellows are taught the fundamentals of medical writing, manuscript preparation and editing, peer review, the ethics of scientific journalism, and journal publication and printing in personal tutorials given by the AJR editors and by the editorial and production staff.

The Fellow selects a project to be approved by the Editor in Chief. The project will require research and writing, and often publication in the AJR. Travel commitment includes: (1) a three-day visit to ARRS headquarters in Leesburg, VA to meet and work with AJR staff and the Editor in Chief; (2) a three-day visit to meet with the appropriate AJR Section Editor; and (3) attendance at the ARRS Annual Meeting to present the completed project.


The Fellow is awarded a maximum of $10,000 to cover travel and other expenses related to the Fellowship. The funding is awarded at the end of the Fellowship after the Fellow has submitted expense reports and receipts.


Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • ARRS member at the time the application is submitted and for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Earned MD or DO (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • Completion of all required residency and fellowship training
  • Practicing radiology in the U.S. or Canada
  • Ability to complete the Fellowship within a year


Information for the 2020 Fellowship will be available later in 2019.

Application components:

  • A letter outlining his/her goals during the Fellowship
  • A copy of his/her curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from his/her department chair and one other senior person