Exchange Programme for
Breast Imaging Fellowship (USA)
Aim 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 fellowships For 2017 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 2016 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 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.
Programme structure 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.