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C. Martinoli, M. Maas, E. Drakonaki
Exchange Programme for Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowships (ESSR)
The increasing awareness of the required expertise in musculoskeletal radiology has led the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR), 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 and a dedicated subspecialty training in musculoskeletal radiology.
The aim of such a programme is to produce solutions to current and imminent issues by promoting and supporting research throughout Europe and to provide channels for continuous education.
The programme offers an opportunity to complement subspecialisation training in musculoskeletal radiology or an existing fellowship programme in this field of radiology. For three months, the trainee will be provided with intense modular training and will be supervised by a specialised tutor in a pre-selected, highly esteemed, academic training centre in Europe.
Number of available places
Five places will be offered and organised through ESOR. The successful applicants will receive a grant jointly provided by ESR/ESOR and ESSR.
- This exchange programme applies to radiologists within the first three-four years after certification, who desire to become subspecialist radiologists.
- Basic knowledge of current clinical practice in radiology with regard to CT, MRI and US. Competence in producing a radiological report, in summarising the relevant radiologic findings, in communicating with clinicians and patients, as well as the interest to work in a clinical department with multi-disciplinary staff and high-cost equipment are essential. In addition, a good clinical background in other disciplines, which has been achieved through clinical experience and training prior to entering the fellowship is desirable.
- Applicants must be proficient in English.
- An active ESR and ESSR 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 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 period of the training 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, data handling and post-processing at different workstations, to review and interpret images followed by case-by-case hands-on teaching on routine clinical cases with different modalities from experienced staff. 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 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 ESSR. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.