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Junior ESGAR Summer School


J-ESGAR Summer School represents the first initiative of the Society to promote GI imaging among new generations of radiologists and senior residents with the aim of improving and homogenising educational standards in GI radiology throughout Europe.

J-ESGAR Summer School has also the scope of creating an environment able to encourage future exchanges among young European radiologists, both for education and research.


The structure consists of a five-day programme, based on topics from GI sub-specialty European curriculum. The programme will implement modern educational teaching formats, including small group teaching and case based discussions. Interactivity will be guaranteed by expert tutors from the ESGAR faculty, including senior and junior ESGAR fellows. A post-course evaluation questionnaire will be prepared for self assessment. Participants will be required to identify training needs that will serve as indications to develop future educational courses.

Target Group

Senior residents (3rd to 5th year) or young fellows, up to 35 years.

Reports of participants from previous Summer Schools

Eleni Apostolidi, Greece - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Mafra

"My participation in the Summer School was very exciting! The venue was a cozy bungalow hotel with relaxing facilities, located in a quiet province. The whole program was excellently organized and accurately performed. The level of the lectures was of high-standard from experts speakers. My colleagues were well educated and very active during the sessions, so the learning procedure was very interesting. The two guided excursions offered sightseeing and gastronomic experiences in Lisbon city and Ericeira, where we had the opportunity to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. I was glad to meet interesting people, make new friends from all around Europe and share such a fruitful experience."

Milda Dedelaite, Denmark - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Mafra

"The ESGAR Summer School is a perfect mix of a radiology course and a summer camp designed for residents or newly specialised radiologists interested in abdominal imaging. Lectures covered a wide range of different pathologies and were delivered by the experts in the abdominal imaging. They were followed by interactive cases and this was particularly useful for putting the newly acquired knowledge into practice. Other participants were radiology residents from all over Europe and it was so interesting to hear about radiology training in other countries. The social programme was well organised and left time to get to know other participants. I am very happy that I had the opportunity to participate in the ESGAR Summer School 2018."

Naami Mcaddy, United Kingdom - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Mafra

"JESS 2018 was a wonderful experience. Organisation was impeccable from the first moment. Course timetable and details were provided well in advanced. Logistics, such as arranging transport from the airport was perfect, allowing us to relax, and get to know our colleagues and arrive stress-free and on time to enjoy the course.T he lectures themselves were excellent, the topics highly relevant to us residents. Case-based learning allowed us to consolidate knowledge as well as highlight areas of confusion. There was able time to ask questions, both during the sessions or over coffee or beers in the evening. The speakers were all approachable and had passion for their subjects which was infectious! The fantastic organising committee went to extra lengths to ensure we not only learnt radiology, but also about local culture and food, with evening tours and fantastic restaurants all arranged for us. I highly recommend this course, and would like to thank the team once again for hosting such a fantastic week for us all."

Benjamin Leenknegt, The Netherlands - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Mafra

"The Junior ESGAR Summer School in Portugal was a great experience! The Summer School uniquely combines interesting lectures on abdominal imaging with a wide variety of fun social and cultural activities. In the newly introduced case discussions we interpreted cases in small groups, which allowed us to immediately put into practice what we learned from the lectures. Although the lectures and case discussions were great learning moments, the absolute highlight of the summer school undoubtedly was the “ESGAR star”-song when we all joined for a grandiose group sing-and-dance moment on the tunes of ABBA’s “Dancing queen”. I would recommend the ESGAR Summmer School to every radiology resident!"

Shedrack Kenis, Nigeria - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Mafra

"The 4th JESS is the most intense course in Radiology I ever attended. It was a fine blend of quality abdominal radiology lectures, exciting and educative case discussion, alongside well-organized social activities. It was an exciting experience for me to expand my network by meeting both experienced as well as young radiologist. It is a must attend for Radiologist in Training; who are considering GIT and Abdominal Radiology as a specialty or those who wish to expand their knowledge in this area."

Kalina Chupetlovska, Bulgaria - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Modica

"For me, the ESGAR Summer School was one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had, both professionally and personally. On the one hand, I got to hear talks by some of the best lecturers in the field, on the other – to meet a lot of young residents from all over the world. We shared experience, we shared stories. And I think it made all of our worlds a little bigger.
Living in a relatively small country and working in one of the leading university hospitals, I always knew that it would be too easy for me to compare my knowledge and my expertise to the one of other residents from my country. I wanted to be able to see and hear from the source, how residents from other countries work. It was incredibly useful for me to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the systems in their departments and hospitals. I think I will be getting back to Bulgaria, bringing a lot of knowledge and fresh ideas on how to make myself, my work and even my workplace better. And I just can’t wait to share some of the interesting cases we saw with all of my colleagues!
I only wish that residents could go to the Summer School more than once and there were more amazing events like this one. I will recommend it to all my friends, so that next year one of them could experience this! Thanks a lot to everyone who made it possible, for all your hard work and all the hospitality!"

Anna Bielecka, Poland - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Valencia

"The JESS is an unique combination of a radiology workshop and a summer camp - that was exactly the thing I needed! During those five days I have learned a lot about abdominal radiology, therefore, I will be able to introduce new knowledge to my daily practice and ,thus, improve it.
I really liked the case sessions, where we discussed different cases (sometimes tricky) together with participants and professors. I have met many nice people from different countries, with whom I spent a lot of fun time, for example, playing a table football.
Last, but not least, I was amazed with the perfect organisation and kindness of the local organisers. I will be definitely recommending JESS to my colleagues, and I hope, ESGAR is planning a senior school."

Alkmini Skoura, Greece - participant of the Junior ESGAR Summer School in Rome

"ESGAR Junior Summer School has been an amazing experience. I found the way the courses were held really educational. The subject of the courses, the way the tutors were presenting them and the fact that we worked in groups with our own workstations, helped us understand and interact as much as possible. At the same time we had the chance to meet young colleagues from all over Europe and to enjoy ourselves in the best way. The informal character of the Summer School and the kind treatment and attention by the local organisers made us all feel like home. I feel really lucky for being a part of this first JESS. I wish ESGAR continues giving its young members this great opportunity. I also hope that Greece will be one of the following hosting countries."

Membership Benefits

  • Reduced fees at Annual Meetings and Workshops of the Society
  • Exclusive right to participate in Society sponsored activities
  • Free access to “European Radiology” on-line
  • Substantially reduced subscription rate to "Abdominal Radiology"
  • Eligibility to participate in Guideline Working Groups
  • Subspecialty Recognition Certificates
  • Personal ESGAR Account
  • ESGAR e-Newsletter and Annual Report
  • Unlimited access to the ESGAR e-Education Portal
  • Educational and networking activities

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