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Application for 2020 February 24 - March 16, 2020

Training centres 2020

We are very grateful to all centres for their interest in serving as a reference training centre for this programme.

Listed training centres

How to apply

To apply for the programme, applicants must:

  • Log in with their ESR membership ID number ESR MyUserArea – MyESOR
    (To apply for or renew your ESR membership please click here)
  • Choose the subspecialty
  • Select one preferred training centre and indicate a second and third choice
  • Upload the following documents** (as PDF files):
  1. ESOR curriculum vitae template* (DOC)
  2. Letter of motivation including a summary of their training background, areas of particular strength and interest and a brief description of how they would hope to implement and apply their medical training
  3. A certificate verifying recent board certification in radiology (no longer than three years ago)
  4. Letters of recommendation from the head of department of the current training centre or a previously undertaken academic training

*Each candidate is required to submit the provided ESOR CV. Any application with another CV will not be considered.

**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 immediately (esor@myesr.org).

 

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.

Evaluation Committee

M.-P. Revel
Paris/FR

J. Biederer
Heidelberg/DE

Exchange Programmes for Thoracic Radiology Fellowship (ESTI)

Aim

New technologies in thoracic radiology have resulted in amazing breakthroughs with rapid development and refinement of sophisticated diagnostic imaging tests. These innovations have greatly affected the requirements for today’s practice of thoracic radiology.

The increasing awareness of the required expertise in chest radiology has led the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI), 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 thoracic radiology.

It offers an attractive extension of an existing subspecialty training or fellowship in thoracic radiology through an additional exchange programme with dedicated reference centres in Europe. The three-month exchange programme will provide an intense modular training in all areas of thoracic radiology, including projection radiography, CT, MRI, and image-guided interventions.

The exchange programme is organised through ESOR and will expose trainees to all aspects of thoracic radiology under the supervision of an assigned mentor, who is a member of ESTI.

Number of available places

During 2020, three programmes will be offered and organised through ESOR and the successful applicant will receive a grant jointly provided by ESR/ESOR and ESTI.

Eligibility

  1. The exchange programme applies to radiologists within their 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. Essentials are 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. 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. Clinical experience in respiratory medicine, pneumology, pulmonary oncology, thoracic surgery, or anaesthesiology would be a benefit.
  3. Applicants must be proficient in English.
  4. ESR and ESTI membership fees for 2020 must be settled in advance.

Applicants who were selected for this programme in the past cannot be considered for a second time.

Duration of fellowship and funding

The training will start in the second half of the year and last for three months. The fellow will receive a grant (€3.500,-) upon completion of the training, delivery of a final report and 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 fellow is responsible for covering his/her expenses and his/her own 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.

Programme structure

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 in diagnosing thoracic diseases, to review and interpret images followed by case-by-case hands-on teaching on routine clinical cases with different modalities taught by an experienced staff. The training institutions expose each trainee to at least 250 mentored imaging studies. 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 thoracic radiology 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.

Certification

After successful completion of the three-month training the trainee receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR and ESTI. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.