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Exchange Programme for Abdominal Imaging Fellowship (ESR/ESOR & ESGAR)

The application for 2018 will be open from February 19 - March 12.

For further details please visit the ESOR website.

Congratulations to the successful applicants 2017

Jorge Andres Abreu; Bogotá/CO
Training Centre: European Institute of Oncology, Milan/IT
Tutors: Massimo Bellomi, Giuseppe Petralia, Luigi Funicelli

Fabrizio Albarello; Aprilia/IT
Training Centre: Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy/FR
Tutors: Maxime Ronot, Valerie Vilgrain

Paul Apfaltrer; Vienna/AT
Training Centre: Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam/NL
Tutor: Max Lahaye

Isabelle De Kock; Ghent/BE
Training Centre: University College London - Centre for Medical Imaging, London/UK
Tutors: Andrew Plumb, Steve Halligan, Stuart Taylor                                                

Caroline Ewertsen; Copenhagen/DK
Training Centre: Hôpital Saint-Joseph, Paris/FR
Tutor: Marc Zins

Feedback received from the ESGAR/ESOR Fellows 2016:

Training Centre: Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam/NL

I would like to thank ESOR and ESGAR for offering me a three-month fellowship on abdominal imaging at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It has been a great opportunity of further improving my knowledge in abdominal and oncologic imaging and my research skills in a highly academic environment with an excellently trained radiology team. I had the chance to meet Prof. Regina Beets-Tan and to work with her department, mostly with my tutor Dr. Max Lahaye but also with Dr. Stijn Heijmink, focusing on abdominal imaging, and I also had the opportunity to do research and integrate in a professional but also outgoing research group. Mostly, I discussed routine clinical cases with the tutors, but I also participated in multidisciplinary meetings concerning abdominal pathology and contributed to a research project on lung cancer. This fellowship was also a great opportunity to discover the Netherlands and Amsterdam, both very beautiful and special and to establish many connections with colleagues from this country and not only. The ESOR/ESGAR fellowship offered me an excellent educational and social experience, which will definitely contribute to my future career as an abdominal and oncology radiologist.

Training Centre: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London/United Kingdom

Thanks to the ESOR/ESGAR Exchange Programme for Fellowships, I have enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to learn from an outstanding team and to improve my knowledge in abdominal imaging with a special focus on MRI. I was involved in all the activities of the department including case reporting and attended almost daily multi-disciplinary meetings. I would like to thank my tutor Dr. Nyree Griffin for teaching me always with a positive attitude, and for taking care of me in order to make the most of my fellowship. I also feel grateful to Prof. Dr. Vicky Goh and to Dr. Sofia Gourtsoyianni, as well as the residents and the rest of the abdominal radiology team. I feel that it has been one of the most inspiring periods in my professional career and even in my personal life. Thank you!

Training Centre: Medical University of Vienna/Austria

The ESOR/ESGAR Fellowship at the Department of Radiology of the General Hospital of the Medical University of Vienna was truly a fantastic experience. During my fellowship, I was able to work on a large number of complex cases with a special focus on abdominal and pelvic imaging. Challenging cases reminded me why I love radiology so much, every day here was intriguing. I have attended different multidisciplinary tumour board meetings and various lectures. I enjoyed discussions I had with professors, specialists and residents on multitude of topics regarding abdominal imaging. This experience significantly improved my knowledge, especially in the latest hot topics of abdominal radiology. I would like to thank Chairman of the Radiology Department, Prof. Christian Herold, for welcoming me at his Department. Special thanks to my mentor, Prof. Ba-Ssalamah. In addition to showing me a multitude of interesting cases, he devoted his time to discuss with me all the questions I had. His vast experience in abdominal radiology is something I will strive for to achieve. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Prof. Helmut Ringl, Prof. Helmut Prosch, Prof. Thomas Mang, Prof. Paul Apfaltrer, Dr. Henrik Einspieler and all other radiologists, and residents for their hospitality and assistance they have provided during my stay in Vienna. I am very thankful to ESOR and ESGAR for giving me this opportunity to study at one of the best medical centres in the world. I highly recommend this training programme to any new radiology specialist.

Training Centre: Klinikum Darmstadt/Germany

I am immensely appreciative of ESGAR and ESOR for the Exchange Programme Fellowship in abdominal diagnostic and interventional radiology at Klinikum Darmstadt GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Peter Huppert. Because of an unexpected delay in getting the visa, I had to start my programme a few days later than the scheduled time. However, after my arrival, the accommodation provided by the Klinikum Darmstadt has been excellent, and I have experienced several abdominal as well as peripheral and neuro interventional procedures every day. Regarding my interest in the field of abdominal diagnostic and interventional radiology, and an initial experience in my own country, I tried to enrich my knowledge and experience thanks to this amazing programme granted by ESOR and ESGAR. I am especially grateful to Prof. Peter Huppert and Dr. Otto Kotterer for their excellent teaching and enthusiasm, and I would like to extend my appreciation to all the staff at the radiology department who have been very kind and informative to me.

Training Centre: Medical University of Vienna/Austria

I am very grateful to ESOR for awarding me a three-month fellowship in abdominal imaging at the radiology department of the General Hospital in Vienna. I was able to observe a lot of abdominal MR imaging especially liver imaging with my tutor Prof. Ba-Ssalamah. Thank you ESOR and my tutor Prof. Ba-Ssalamah for making this experience possible. I also would like to thank all other employees of the radiology department at the AKH for making me feel welcome.

Training Centre: University College London - Centre for Medical Imaging, London/United Kingdom

I am very grateful to ESOR/ESGAR for this opportunity of exchange fellowship in abdominal imaging at the Centre for Medical Imaging of the University College London (UCL), one of the world’s top universities. The centre disposes of cutting-edge technology (including modern 3T MRI scanners, PET-MRI, etc.) and is globally recognized for the expertise in luminal imaging, with superb clinical and research developments in the field of CT colonography and small bowel MRI being carried out there right now. I could participate in the routine activities of the department, attending daily reporting sessions on abdominal pathologies in all modalities (from fluoroscopy to MRI) and participating in dozen of multidisciplinary discussion teams (MDTs) in a range of gastrointestinal diseases. I also had the amazing chance of joining ongoing scientific research on CTC. Finally, I could enjoy the unique benefits of being in the most vibrant and culturally rich city in the world. That has been a fruitful and unforgettable experience and I am convinced that it means a substantial step forward in my professional career in radiology. I would like to give special thanks to Dr. Andrew Plumb (my tutor), Prof. Stuart Taylor and Prof. Steve Halligan (Head of Department) for receiving me so kindly and for teaching me a lot, for which I will be always grateful.

General information: Junior Fellowship Programme

The trend toward increasing subspecialisation led the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR), supported by the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European School of Radiology (ESOR), to take the initiative in establishing an exchange programme for fellowships or subspecialisation training in abdominal imaging.


The application of new technologies to abdominal and gastrointestinal radiology has resulted in amazing breakthroughs, with rapid development and refinement of sophisticated diagnostic imaging tests. These technologic advances over the past decade have affected the requirements for the practice of abdominal imaging.

The Exchange Programme for Abdominal Imaging Fellowship offers an opportunity to complement subspecialisation training in abdominal imaging or an existing structured fellowship programme, through exchange, in this field of radiology. The three months exchange programme will provide an intense modular training in all areas of abdominal imaging, including conventional radiology and fluoroscopy, sonography, CT, MRI, and image-guided biopsies and therapeutic interventions.

The exchange programme is organised through ESOR and will expose trainees to all aspects of abdominal imaging under the supervision of an assigned mentor who is fellow member of ESGAR, in a pre-selected European reference training centre.

Number of available places

There are several places offered and organised through ESOR and the successful applicant will receive a grant jointly provided from ESR/ESOR and ESGAR.


  1. This exchange programme applies to radiologists within the first three years after certification, who desire to become subspecialist radiologists.
  2. The applicant must have knowledge of current clinical practice in radiology with regard to cross-sectional imaging. Competence in producing a radiological report, in communication with clinicians and patients, and knowledge of the principles of administration and management applied to a clinical department with multi-disciplinary staff and high-cost equipment are essential. Understanding the medicolegal implications of uncertainty and errors in diagnostic radiology is necessary.A clinical background in other disciplines which was achieved through clinical experience and training prior to entering the fellowship is important, whereas, clinical experience in gastroenterology, oncology or visceral surgery would be a benefit.
  3. Applicants must be proficient in English.
  4. ESR and ESGAR membership fees for the respective year must be settled.

Applicants who were successful in the past cannot be considered for a second time.

Duration and funding

The training will start in the second half of the respective year and last for 3 months. The fellow will receive a grant upon completion of the training and delivery of a final report. During the period of the training the fellow is responsible to cover their expenses and his/her own health insurance. The training itself is offered for free.

Programme structure

Based on weekly training programme modules, the trainee will familiarise his/herself with the institution's imaging equipment. He/She will then learn to become proficient at imaging examinations used to diagnose abdominal diseases, to review and interpret images, followed by case-by-case hands-on teaching on routine clinical cases with different modalities from experienced staff.
The training institutions expose each trainee to at least 250 mentored imaging studies (fluoroscopy and/or sonography and/or CT and/or MRI). Furthermore the trainee shall be trained by a mentor in the interpretation of 100 imaging studies from an established teaching file or previous cases. At the end of the training programme the trainee should be proficient in discussing the appropriate imaging modality and imaging technique with referring clinicians and be able to interpret different abdominal imaging examinations on his/her own. 

In non-native English speaking training centres teaching would be in English, while major radiological conferences and reporting may be in the local language. Some knowledge of the local language may be an advantage.

The trainee will be able to observe clinical activities, but will not have direct patient care responsibilities.
It is the trainee's responsibility to communicate with the centre regarding the details of the training and whether more responsibilities than observer status can be obtained. ESOR solely acts as facilitator and coordinator between the training centre and the trainee.


After successful completion of the three months training the trainee receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR and ESGAR. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.

Further information

For further information please visit the ESOR Website.



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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