Fellowship Programs: Abdominal/Body Imaging Fellowship

The University of Calgary’s Department of Radiology offers a one-year comprehensive clinical fellowship in body imaging.

There are approximately three abdominal/body fellowship positions available per year. The fellowship is based primarily at the Foothills Medical Centre, the main tertiary care referral site for Southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Saskatchewan. The FMC has a large, diverse clinical caseload, is attached to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and has excellent imaging infrastructure.

The year consists of time spent with subspecialty trained radiologists in body ultrasound, CT and MRI. The goal of the fellowship year is to prepare fellows to practice at both a leading teaching institution or in the community.

Fellows will work with a dedicated and highly skilled group of individuals who have trained at major centres around the world and are excellent teachers. The team is affable, very collegial and works together closely, both with each other, and with our clinical colleagues in Alberta Health Services, ensuring a pleasant and rewarding year.

The team has also developed specialized diagnostic imaging programs in CT colonography, CT enterography and contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). Via tele-radiology, the department is also responsible for exams performed at two busy outpatient facilities in urban Calgary and a rural community hospital in High River, Alberta.  In addition, the centre has a unique partnership with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, making it the major oncology referral centre in the area. 

Fellowship Year Structure and Responsibilities

The fellowship year consists of clinical time spent in general radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI, in approximately four-week blocks. One-half day per week is reserved for research, teaching and to allow some flexibility as needed.

Clinical responsibilities include:

  • Exam protocols
  • Patient scanning (when required)
  • Conducting procedures, for example ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Exam interpretation
  • Detailed review with the attending staff radiologist
  • Dictating exams with regular consultation with clinicians as required.

Academic responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with regular resident viewboxing or monitoring
  • Teaching on a daily basis
  • Attending daily (noon) Body Imaging Resident Rounds and weekly Sub-group Rounds
  • Conducting weekly Sub-group Rounds (for example, hepatobiliary every Tuesday morning)
  • Conducting regular Fellow Rounds for residents (monthly)
  • Conducting regular Fellow Rounds for the sub-group members (bimonthly)
  • Grand Rounds presentation (at least twice a year)
  • Journal club presentation (at least once during the year)

Research is strongly encouraged and fellows are expected to participate in and complete at least one major project during the year as well as be involved in ongoing departmental research.

Attendance at major conferences is encouraged and funding for those presenting original research is available.

Fellows are on-call approximately eight weeks during the year with on-call responsibilities including assisting residents and staff in covering all body imaging modalities and general radiography.

Information and application

For more information about the Body Imaging Fellowship, e-mail radiology.fellowship@ucalgary.ca with attention to: Dr. Danny Ng, Program Director.

Applications must be submitted through our on-line application form.