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Dr. Mostafa Atri
Head, Division of Abdominal Imaging

The Division of Abdominal Imaging is comprised of faculty from all of the university affiliated teaching hospitals of the University of Toronto. These hospitals include The Hospital for Sick Children, St. Michael's Hospital (Bond and Wellesley sites), Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), and the University Health Network (UHN). UHN includes Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, and Toronto  Western Hospital.

The focus of the division is organ-based, multimodality imaging of the abdomen. The modalities include the conventional techniques of plain film radiography, intravenous pyelography, retrograde pyelography, cystography, urethrography, barium fluoroscopic examinations, hysterosalpingography and nuclear medicine as well as the cross-sectional imaging modalities of ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The goal of the division is to achieve excellence in clinical work, teaching and research.

Clinical work is carried out in the departments of Medical Imaging at the affiliated hospitals. Close communication with our clinical colleagues is encouraged and is enhanced by regular clinical-radiological rounds, often with pathological correlation. There are also monthly city-wide Abdominal Imaging Rounds where faculty from the affiliated hospitals show cases of particular interest or that pose particular problems.

Faculty actively participate in teaching at the fellowship, resident and undergraduate levels and also contribute to many CME programs at local, national and international venues.

The University of Toronto offers several one year fellowship positions in Abdominal Imaging. These positions offer varying exposure to the various organ systems and modalities, depending on the hospital. A wide exposure to all areas is available. Fellows are encouraged to actively partake in teaching and research and to attend the many teaching rounds, lectures and Journal Club.

The University of Toronto has a large Residency Training Program in Diagnostic Imaging. One to three month rotations through all the Abdominal Imaging services are enhanced by daily teaching rounds at the affiliated hospitals, a lecture series in the PGY2-PGY3 years and easy access to large hospital teaching files and the American College of Radiology teaching file. Review lectures, mock oral examinations and OSCE examinations are also provided by faculty annually with additional sessions provided for the final year Residents prior to the Board examination. Each clinical rotation has specific goals and objectives with increasing responsibility given to the Residents as they progress through the training program. Written evaluation of individual progress is performed every one to two months with direct feedback to the residents.

Faculty are also active in undergraduate teaching. As well as using imaging to teach anatomy to medical students in a structured lecture series, there is also a lecture series introducing the specialty of Diagnostic Imaging to the students. There is also a large elective program for medical students in the Department of Medical Imaging.

The faculty of the Division of Abdominal Imaging provide continuing medical education through two days of presentations at the annual University of Toronto Organ Imaging Review Course. Faculty also regularly lecture at The Michener Institute of Technology. Faculty also provide one day review courses from time to time and many are invited speakers at national and international meetings. (Continuing Medical Education information).

The faculty of the division are active in both clinical and laboratory research. Through the Research Program, our faculty are able to apply for protected research time. Excellent research facilities are available and some faculty collaborate with our colleagues in the basic sciences.

All residents in our program are required to complete one research project during their training and fellows are given one day per week protected research time. The University Department of Medical Imaging holds an annual research day where residents, fellows and faculty present their research and many of these projects are subsequently presented and published at national and international levels.

Abdominal Imaging Fellowships

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