WFPI Observership in India

The World Federation of Paediatric Imaging (WFPI) is an international organisation that provides a platform for pediatric radiology organisations united to address the challenges in global pediatric imaging training and service delivery.

An important part of the mission is Outreach and Training in lower resource settings. In fulfillment of this mission, WFPI offers a three-month (September 1 - November 30, 2024) sponsored training observership to be spent in the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), a premier medical and research institution in  Chandigarh, India under the coordination and mentorship of Dr. Anmol Bhatia, Department of Radiodiagnosis.  

Financial support for the Observer is $3,000 US to cover transport and living expenses; $1,000 US for the Host Institution.

The program aims to enhance the clinical practice and teaching of paediatric radiology at all levels of healthcare more broadly in India, by developing expertise in imaging techniques and familiarity with protocols appropriate to the continent’s burden of childhood disease. The program is designed to complement and expand basic specialist training in diagnostic radiology.  The outcome will be detailed knowledge and in-depth experience of paediatric imaging in the context of India’s unique disease burden.  The knowledge and skills acquired will empower a radiologist to conduct optimal paediatric imaging in either a general radiology service or a dedicated paediatric service.

During the 3 months of observership the coordinator will orient, tutor and guide the observer in the various aspect of paediatric imaging i.e:

  • Performance of the various fluoroscopic paediatric procedures
  • Ultrasound of the paediatric patient- renal ultrasound, liver imaging, transplant imaging, doppler, cranial ultrasound.
  • Approach to Plain film reporting: approach to a chest x-ray, abdomen x-ray, bone, skeletal surveys for non- accidental imaging.
  • MRI- MRI protocols, approach to the paediatric brain, myelination, oncology imaging
  • CT- dose, protocols, approach to the paediatric brain, abdomen, head and neck, oncology imaging.
  • The observer must be committed to the program for the entire period.
  • The observer may report on a case only under guidance of the supervisor (the paediatric radiologist)
  • The observer will be required to attend and contribute to the academic meetings.

Deadline for Application: June 19, 2024.

Online application form available here. 

William Shiels Memorial Foundation

Dr. William Shiels - Bill - was one of pediatric radiology's true originals. Over the course of his innovative career, Bill  received numerous awards including being a two time recipient of the Society for Pediatric Radiology's "John Caffey Paper  Award", the SPR "Pioneer Award", and a recipient of a grant from the Department of Defense to teach new interventional radiology techniques to aid in the removal of shrapnel in wounded veterans. He served for many years as the Chair of Radiology at Nationwide Children's Hospital.   
Bill lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in May 2015.  You may read the tribute to Bill written by his colleague Dr. Greg Bates here. 
At the time of Bill's passing, his colleagues at Nationwide Children initiated a Foundation in Bill's memory.  At that time, the chair of Radiology at Nationwide Children's, Dr. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, informed the WFPI leadership that supporting a grassroots approach to expert-driven, practical, hands-on training of motivated imaging trainees in parts of the world that are underserved by formal educational opportunities in pediatric radiology was the right way to honor his memory.
Those of us who knew Bill agree; he was a lively, compassionate, and generous man who dedicated his life to helping others through innovative approaches to pediatric imaging technique, practice, and education. 

Application Details

Application Deadline:   June 19, 2024 

Observership dates: September 1 - November 30, 2024   

(L-R) PGIMER Faculty, Drs. Akshay Saxena, Anmol Bhatia, and Kushalijt Sodhi. 


Criteria/ Eligibility:  Candidate must: 

  1. Be registered with Medical Council of India 
  2. Be currently in a senior resident position in India sub specialising/ interested in pediatric radiology or
  3. Have completed radiology training not more than 10 years prior with an interest in pediatric radiology and practice in India
  4. Evidence of publications in pediatric radiology related topics is an advantage
  5. Be fluent in both written and spoken English
  6. Applicant should be in a position to subsidize the fellowship grant if necessary
  7. The selected applicant must submit a report through the host mentor before leaving on the experience gained and how this will improve pediatric radiology practice in the home country

Supporting Documents:

A personal statement of not more than 2 pages on how the knowledge gained by the applicant will benefit and improve the practice of pediatric radiology in the home country.

A letter of release/ support from the head department of radiology of the applicant in the home country

A letter of release from the head of the institution in the Home country

Letter or Statement describing the applicant's participation or involvement in Pediatric Radiology activities and initiatives in the region or country

Deadline for Application: June 19, 2024.     

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