EUROPEAN FORUM FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH OF MUSCULOSKELETAL RADIOLOGY


ESOR programmes

Exchange Programme for Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

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.

For further information, please visit the ESOR website or contact esor@myesr.org.

As currently agreed on, five programmes will be offered and organised through ESOR and the successful applicant will receive a grant jointly provided by ESR/ESOR and ESSR.

  1. The exchange programme applies to radiologists within their first three years after certification, who desire to become subspecialist radiologists.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants must be proficient in English.
  4. ESR and ESSR membership fees must be settled in advance.

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

The training will start in the second half of the year and last for three months. The fellow will receive a grant 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.

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.

Scholarship Programme for Musculoskeletal Radiology

The ESOR Visiting Scholarship Programme (Europe) offers qualified trainees the opportunity to get to know another training environment and to kick off an interest for subspecialisation in radiology. During three months of training the scholars will be provided with a structured, modular introduction to different subspecialties and will be supervised by a specialised tutor in a pre-selected, highly esteemed academic training centre in Europe.

For further information, please visit the ESOR website or contact esor@myesr.org.

A various number of scholarships are available on different topics and will be realised in partnership with industry and ESR.

  1. These scholarships apply to residents in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of training in radiology who desire to get the benefit of a mentored modular training of a specific subspecialised topic in radiology.
  2. Completion of the training curriculum from at least the first two years of residency is required, verified by the head of the department. Competence in producing a radiological report and communicating with clinicians and patients is appreciated, as well as knowledge of the principles of administration and management applied to a clinical department with multi-disciplinary staff and high-cost equipment.
  3. Previous exposure in any field of special interest, including basic knowledge of imaging methods, indications for imaging and clinical expectations, is advantageous.
  4. Applicants must be proficient in English.
  5. ESR membership fees must be settled.

Applicants who were selected for this programme or the Visiting Scholarship Programme USA in the past cannot be considered again.

The training will start in the second half of the year and last for three months. The scholar will receive a grant 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 scholar 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.

The programme offers a structured modular training in a highly esteemed training centre. The trainee will have the opportunity to follow and participate in the core knowledge training programme through tutorials and lectures, followed by hands-on teaching on routine clinical cases and/or modality techniques and protocols, led by an assigned tutor.

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 completion of the training programme, the resident receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR. In order to receive this, the scholar must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.