Topic and training centre
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
How to apply
To apply for the programme, applicants must:
- Log in with their ESR membership ID number ESR MyUserArea – MyESOR
(If you need to renew or apply for the ESR membership for 2019, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Upload the following documents*** (as PDF files) in the section MyESOR Training Programmes:
- ESOR curriculum vitae template (DOC)
- Letter of motivation including a summary of the training background, areas of particular strength and interest and a one-page description of clinical and academic interest in breast imaging and how they would hope to implement and apply their medical training
- Two recommendation letters, at least one from the head of department of the current centre stating also that the applicant would continue to work as a breast imaging specialist in the same institution
- A certificate verifying recent board certification in radiology (between 3 and 6 years)
***Documents to be uploaded on to the application system are limited to 4 MB per file. Files larger than that will be rejected. If the uploading of your application was successful you will receive an automated confirmation e-mail immediately after submission. If you do not receive such e-mail, something went wrong. Please contact the ESOR office immediatly (email@example.com).
Kindly note that it is 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. A postponement of the training period will not be granted.
Education in partnership with
Exchange Programmes for Breast imaging Fellowship (USA)
The need to mobilise resources available for subspecialisation outside Europe and to benefit from worldwide renowned academic institutions led the European School of Radiology (ESOR) and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to take the initiative in jointly offering a breast imaging fellowship in the USA.
The overall aim of this programme is to promote clinical research and advance clinical care in order to improve breast cancer patient outcomes worldwide.
The exchange programme is organised through ESOR and will expose trainees to all aspects of breast imaging under the supervision of assigned mentors at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, US.
Number of available places
For 2020 two fellowships will be available in the first half of the year. One will be for European radiologists only while the other will be exclusively for applicants from Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela).
- This programme applies to board-certified radiologists with three to six years of professional experience in radiology and at least a one-year involvement in breast imaging.
- In addition clinical and academic interest in breast imaging is required, substantiated by 30% effort in working in breast imaging at the time of application.
- 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. Understanding the immediate therapeutic consequences and the medico-legal implications of uncertainty and errors in the breast area are necessary. In addition, a good clinical background in other disciplines, which has been achieved through clinical experience prior to entering the fellowship is desirable.
- Applicants must be proficient in English.
- ESR membership fees for 2019 must be settled.
Applicants who were selected for this programme in the past cannot be considered again.
Duration of fellowship and funding
The training will start in the first half of the year 2020 and last for six months. The successful fellows will receive a grant by MSKCC, funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Health insurance will be provided. The training itself is offered for free.
The programme offers an intensive, individualised instruction in breast imaging interpretation and clinical research methodology. It includes training in breast imaging for screening, diagnosis and intervention, incorporating daily image interpretation of mammography, ultrasound and MRI studies; biopsy onset action and follow-up; and quality control in a busy, state-of-the-art breast center. During the training period, the radiologist will be assigned a research mentor and a clinical mentor, and will receive intensive one-on-one instruction in the use of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon. In addition, trainees work on a clinical research project. They are additionally helped to prepare an original research manuscript for publication and are mentored in grantsmanship to support continued research upon their return home.
After completion of the training programme, the resident receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.