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

Congratulations to the successful applicants 2016

Adriana Mirela Calin; Cluj-Napoca/RO
Training Centre: The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam/NL
Tutors: Max Lahaye, Doenja Lambregts

Teresa González De La Huebra Labrador; Madrid/ES
Training Centre: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London/UK
Tutors: Nyree Griffin, Sofia Gourtsoyianni, Vicky Goh

Lovro Kavur; Zagreb/HR
Training Centre: Medical University Vienna/AKH, Vienna/AT
Tutor: Ahmed Ba-Ssalamah

Ramin Pourghorban; Tehran/IR
Training Centre: Klinikum Darmstadt GmbH, Darmstadt/DE
Tutor: Peter Huppert                                                

Simon Rauch; Winterthur/CH
Training Centre: Medical University Vienna/AKH, Vienna/AT
Tutor: Ahmed Ba-Ssalamah

Feedback received from the ESGAR – ESOR Fellows 2015:

Training Centre: Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge/UK
Tutors: David J. Lomas, Nicholas Carroll

"I am most grateful for awarding me for the exchange fellowship in abdominal imaging at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This fellowship has been an exceptional opportunity to enhance my knowledge of diagnostic radiology. With the mentorship of Prof. Lomas, I could participate in the routine activities of the gastrointestinal imaging department. I attended reporting sessions with specialists of abdominal radiology in all modalities. I learned about latest advancements in imaging techniques such as hepatic fat fraction measurement and liver elastography. I could observe endoscopic ultrasound procedures and other image guided interventions. Multidisciplinary team discussions dedicated to organ specific diseases were part of the daily routine. These provided invaluable insight into the radiologist’s role in clinical decision-making. My schedule also included regular teaching sessions on various topics. The social life of the department was vibrant. I was able to participate in many of the community events, and enjoyed the rich cultural traditions.

I thank ESOR/ESGAR again for the opportunity to update my expertise in a highly specialised, top-tier medical centre. The experience provides inspiration for my future endeavours to achieve excellence in radiology."

Training Centre: University of Verona, Italy
Tutors: Mirko D‘Onofrio, Giulia Zamboni, Riccardo Manfredi

“I am extremely thankful for granting me this great learning opportunity for 3 months for the Abdominal Radiology Fellowship at University of Verona, Italy. The head of the department, Prof. Roberto Pozzi Mucelli, and my mentor, Prof. Mirko D‘Onofrio, are extremely helpful and no words can explain my gratitude towards them. I attend the interdepartmental clinical meet sessions, interesting case presentation sessions by the residents and daily postings in various modalities. The centre is a referral centre for pancreatic pathologies. I have seen biopsy proven varied spectrum of pancreatic pathologies, which have been correlated with all the modalities (CEUS, CT and MRI). Radiological interventions are also of very high standards. Definitely, I would like to recommend to choose Verona as their training centre as the experience is just great.“

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

Further information: http://www.esor.org/cms/website.php?id=/en/programmes/exchange_programmes_for_fellowships.htm



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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