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Diagnostic Neuroradiology

Dr. Pejman Maralani
Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director

University of Toronto neuroradiology training is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a 2-year subspecialty residency program for those certified (or eligible for certification) in diagnostic radiology by the Royal College.  Those completing the 2-year program are eligible to sit the Royal College neuroradiology certification exam. 

It is possible to take one year of the program in combination with additional training in interventional neuroradiology or pediatric neuroradiology or a fulltime neuroradiology research position.  Such additional neuroradiology activities can qualify as the 2nd year of the Royal College program, with eligibility to take the exam.

Those not under Canadian Royal College designation may still take the same program as fellows but are not eligible to sit the Royal College neuroradiology certification exam. 

By virtue of program accreditation, trainees with the American Board of Radiology certificate are eligible for the CAQ exam (certificate of added qualification) in neuroradiology.

Positions are available annually. The full 2-year program has rotations through multiple Toronto teaching hospitals: Hospital for Sick Children; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Princess Margaret Hospitals), Mount Sinai Hospital, and St. Michael’s Hospital.  From July 2009, 3-month rotations will allow trainees to have training experiences at each site.

The 2-year program includes a variety of clinical neuroradiology experiences.  Research activity is expected from each trainee with up to one day per week allotted as protected research time.  Weekly city-wide rounds include faculty and trainees presenting interesting cases in a collegial atmosphere, with neuropathology rounds once a month.  Interactive, focused tutorials (Professors' Rounds) form the core curriculum, 2-3 times a month after city-wide neuroradiology MRI rounds.  Journal club, held a number of times a year as an evening supper meeting, combines presentations by staff and trainees.  Time to attend scientific meetings is available for trainees, with support for those presenting research work at a meeting.

The full neuroradiology program is designed for those primarily interested in a dedicated career in neuroradiology.