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


Congratulations to the successful applicants 2019

Elo Efe-Aluta  (Ekpan/NG)
→ Hôpital Saint-Joseph, Paris/FR

Aleksandra Jankovic (Belgrade/RS)
→ Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam/NL

Imre Csemez (Budapest/HU)
→ Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, Paris/FR

Mohamed Adel Abdelatty  Elsayed  (Cairo/EG)
→ University College London Hospital - Centre for Medical Imaging, London/UK

Martina Caruso (Naples/IT)
→ Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon/PT

Taha Yusuf Kuzan (Istanbul/TR)
→ European Institute of Oncology, Milan/IT

Feedback received from the ESGAR/ESOR Fellows:

Martina Caruso, Naples/IT

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.

Paul Apfaltrer, Vienna/AT

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

I am very grateful to ESOR and ESGAR for giving me the opportunity for a three-month fellowship in abdominal radiology at the The Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam. I received a warm welcome from Prof. Dr. Regina Beets-Tan, MD PhD, Chair of the Department of Radiology, as well as from my tutor Max J. Lahaye MD PhD, who had made such arrangements that I felt welcome from the first moment. I attended numerous educational and scientic lectures, multidisciplinary clinical conferences and team meetings and had also the opportunity to participate in fascinating ongoing research projects. I am looking forward to my remaining time at NKI and hope to return home to Vienna with a much improved knowledge of abdominal- and oncologic imaging.

Isabelle De Kock, Ghent/BE

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

I followed a structured training programme consisting of hands-on discussion of ultrasound, CT and MRI exams, multidisciplinary meetings and studying difficult imaging cases on a dedicated learning station. I also learned about local health care organisation, research and funding, and discussed future perspectives in radiology. This 3-month fellowship not only undoubtedly improved my knowledge but also, and more importantly, made me even more passionate about gastrointestinal radiology and has given me the opportunity to get to know other colleagues who share the same professional interests. Furthermore, London is a vibrant city with a rich historical and cultural heritage that offers a catalogue of wonderful places to explore. Overall, I found my time during this placement immensely enjoyable, educational and rewarding. I would like to thank ESOR, ESGAR, and my tutor Dr Andrew Plumb and his colleagues for this wonderful experience.

Jorge Andrés Abreu Gómez, Bogotá/CO

Training Centre: European Institute of Oncology, Milan/Italy

It is difficult to summarize a great experience in a few words as the Exchange Programme for Abdominal Radiology, but definitely I want to thank ESOR and ESGAR for giving me the opportunity of being in one of the Hospitals with the State of the Art in Prostate and Whole Body MRI as the European Institute of Oncology and to meet a variety of persons that from the first moment were open to share with me their knowledge and even most important their passion for Radiology and Oncology. I realized that the patient is the centre of our practice and must be the motivation for improving every day. With the great example of my tutor Dr. Giuseppe Petralia I was involved in a variety of research projects, interdisciplinary meetings and in the daily reading, not only in reporting the cases, also discovering how is the MRI conceived and the physics behind. An open world that Dr. Petralia, Dr. Allesi and Dr. Pricolo opened for me and I enjoyed by their hand. I’m sure this is a great opportunity for learning and to share with the new generations of radiologists from my beautiful country, Colombia. Thank you all!!

Caroline Ewertsen, Copenhagen/DK

Training Centre: Hôpital Saint-Joseph, Paris/France

I would like to express my gratitude to ESOR and ESGAR for offering me the fellowship in abdominal radiology at Saint Joseph Hospital in Paris, France. During the three months, I focused on acquiring skills in abdominal and pelvic MRI including improving my skills in pancreatic CT and MRI. With Dr. Zins as my mentor, I reviewed a large number of interesting cases on pancreatic and liver imaging. I participated in the weekly MDT conferences in abdominal and gynecologic imaging at the hospital and also had the chance to participate in the weekly liver conference at the Beaujon Hospital, Paris. My sincere thanks go to the heads of departments Dr. Zins (Saint Joseph) and Prof. Vilgrain (Beaujon).

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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