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Exchange Programme for Urogenital Radiology Fellowships (ESUR)
The application of new technologies to abdominal and urogenital 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 urogenital radiology.
The Exchange Programme for Urogenital Radiology Fellowship offers an opportunity to complement subspecialisation training in urogenital radiology or an existing structured fellowship programme, through exchange, in this field of radiology. The three-month exchange programme will provide an intense modular training in all areas of urogenital radiology, 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 urogenital radiology under the supervision of an assigned mentor who is fellow member of ESUR (European Society of Urogenital Radiology), in a pre-selected European reference training centre.
Number of available places
Two places will be offered and organised through ESOR. The successful applicants will receive a grant jointly provided by ESR/ESOR and ESUR.
- The exchange programme applies to radiologists within their first three-four years after certification, who desire to become subspecialist radiologists.
- 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 uroradiology, oncology, nephrology, gynecology or urologic surgery would be a benefit.
- Applicants must be proficient in English.
- An active ESR and ESUR membership is required.
Applicants who were selected for this programme in the past cannot be considered for a second time.
- It will be possible to apply for one programme and within this programme for one topic only.
- To ensure equal opportunities candidates should apply only to institutions outside of their country of residence/work.
- All applications will be carefully reviewed by an evaluation committee after the submission deadline. We expect to inform applicants about the outcome in mid-May.
- The selected candidates will be asked to provide additional documents to the training centre for administrative purposes.
- A valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate will be required by most hospitals.
- The selected fellows are further asked to take care of their health insurance and are responsible for their visa. (Please make sure to apply well in time because of longer waiting periods.)
Duration of fellowship and funding
The training starts in the second half of the year and last for three months. The fellows receive a grant (€3.500,-) upon the completion of the training, the delivery of a final report and the submission of original flight tickets and accommodation receipts. The grant is intended to contribute in part to travel and accommodation expenses during the training period. ESOR cannot guarantee that the grant will cover these costs in full. During the training period the fellows are responsible for covering their expenses and health insurance. The training itself is offered for free. Please note that in particular cases administrative charges may arise, which are to be covered by the grant.
Based on weekly training programme modules, the trainee will familiarise him/herself with the institution’s imaging equipment. He/She will then learn to become proficient at imaging examinations used to diagnose urogenital cases, to review and interpret images, followed by case-by-case hands-on teaching on routine clinical cases with different modalities from experienced staff. The trainee will be able to observe clinical activities. He/She will have the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary meetings. Each trainee will be supervised by a specialised tutor.
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 urogenital 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-month training the trainee receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR and ESUR. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.