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.
There are several places offered and organised through ESOR and the successful applicant will receive a grant jointly provided from ESR/ESOR and ESGAR.
Training Centre: Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon/PT
I am very grateful to ESOR and ESGAR for giving me the opportunity to spend three months at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon for the Abdominal Radiology research program. It has been an unforgettable life and learning experience, that I absolutely suggest to all my colleagues. A special thanks to my tutor, Prof. Celso Matos, and his fantastic team who warmly welcomed me since the beginning, involved me in the department life and shared their up-to-date knowledge. During this period, I had the opportunity to attend the weekly multidisciplinary meetings and reporting activity, in this way I deepened my knowledge about hepato-biliary-pancreatic diseases and colon-rectal cancer in a very stimulating environment.
Training Centre: Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, Paris/FR
First of all, I am terribly grateful to ESOR and ESGAR for awarding me with this great opportunity. I am currently undergoing a three-month exchange programme fellowship on the topic of abdominal radiology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, which is a renowned center in the heart of Paris. I would like to express my gratitude to the entire staff of the department, especially Prof. Olivier Lucidarme and Dr. Mathilde Wagner for giving me a warm welcome and involving me in their daily activities. I have attended multidisciplinary boards and teaching sessions with an emphasis on oncological radiology. Besides learning new skills in hepatobiliary imaging, I have also managed to extend my knowledge in the field of rectum and prostate imaging. Moreover, Paris is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, which also contributes to the unforgettable experience.
Training Centre: University College London Hospital - Centre for Medical Imaging, London/UK
As a firm believer in the necessity of exchange of knowledge and expertise for the sake of continuous improvement, I was thrilled to be chosen to participate in the ESOR/ESGAR exchange program fellowship for the year 2019. I cannot begin to describe how fruitful those three months of practice at University College London Hospital were in terms of pursuing my goal to specialize in abdominal imaging. Through the remarkable support of my dear tutors Prof. Steve Halligan and Dr. Andrew Plumb, I was exposed to various cases of different imaging modalities that altered my understanding of colorectal cancer staging, inflammatory bowel diseases, perianal diseases as well as pelvic floor dysfunctions. In addition to the comprehensive analysis of CT Colonography with Dr. Plumb and the numerous MDT meetings I have attended which truly advanced my clinical and radiological proficiency. It was a tremendous experience and I am forever grateful to ESOR, ESR and ESGAR as well as the abdominal radiology consultants at UCLH for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Training Centre: Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam/NL
I am very honoured to get this unique opportunity to learn and work in this respectable hospital for three months. I’m thankful to ESOR for the chance to improve my experience in different oncological areas, in the field of research as well as in clinics. It was certainly one of the most precious experiences in my professional life. I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Regina Beets-Tan and all her team made of experienced and brilliant radiologists, with profound thanks to my mentors Dr. Doenja Lambregts and Dr. Annemarie Bruining for their time and knowledge they have unselfishly shared with me. I would also like to mention the great PhD team, with the individuals always ready to help, with special thanks to Lisa Anna Min for the huge support in different everyday situations. At the end, I have to say that Amsterdam is an extraordinary place and one of the most beautiful cities with the great energy, and from now on, it will have a special place in my heart.
Training Centre: European Institute of Oncology, Milan/IT
I am very grateful to ESR/ESOR and ESGAR for giving me the chance to participate in a three-month fellowship on abdominal radiology in one of the leading oncology institute in Italy. During this period, I was able to participate in all activities of the department: multidisciplinary meetings, radiology reporting of all modalities and educational lectures. As this institute is regarded as an oncology center, I had a chance to gain my knowledge and skills in subspecialties such as neuroendocrine tumor imaging, whole-body MRI and multiparametric prostate MRI. I am very appreciative of my tutor Dr. Luigi Funicelli, and the remaining members of the radiology team for their support during the fellowship.
After two years of forced interruption due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce the re-launch of this programme in 2022.
Five places will be offered and organised through ESOR. The successful applicants will receive a grant jointly provided by ESR/ESOR and ESGAR. The list of available training centres can be viewed HERE.
Application is open until March 15, 2022.