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Women's Imaging Fellowship (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)

Supervisor: Dr. Carrie Betel

This 1-year fellowship includes breast, obstetric, and abdominal/gynecologic imaging at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre campus, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto.  This is a large academic 1325 bed hospital in Central Toronto, with dedicated subspecialty radiologists.  We offer a large number of clinical cases, dedicated educators, state of the art technology, and a strong research program.

The duration of each rotation is flexible, depending on the interest and background of the candidate. These include:

6 months breast / 6 months OB/gyne & abdominal
5 months breast/ 7 months OB/gyne & abdominal
4 months breast / 8 months OB/gyne & abdominal

The breast rotation includes a high volume of screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. Mammography is exclusively digital, and we perform tomosynthesis (including tomosynthesis-guided biopsies). Imaging guided procedures include stereotactic and ultrasound guided core biopsies, vacuum-assisted biopsies, fine needle aspirations, galactography, and pre-operative needle and seed localizations. MRI-guided procedures include vacuum-assisted biopsies and pre-operative needle localizations. We maintain close ties with the medical biophysics department allowing many varied research opportunities to be available. 

The abdominal rotation includes a full spectrum of gynecologic and abdominal imaging during ultrasound, CT and MRI rotations.  Fellows will gain extensive experience in the following subspecialty areas:  trauma, hepatobiliary/pancreas, urology, gastrointestinal disease, and oncology.  We are the largest regional trauma center in Canada.  We also perform state-of-the art prostate MRI and biopsy, as well as CT colonography.  Our abdominal program performs all image guided procedures including ultrasound and CT guided solid organ biopsy and abscess drainage and sonohysterography, and fellows will become proficient in these procedures during their fellowship. 

The obstetric rotation is flexible in duration and can be up to 2 days/week, depending on the background of the candidate. This rotation takes place in a dedicated Obstetric Ultrasound department within Sunnybrook Hospital, which includes a multidisciplinary team and the opportunity to work closely with obstetricians. During this rotation the fellows will be exposed to both routine screening obstetrical ultrasound (including first trimester nuchal translucency screen, anatomic studies, and third trimester biophysical profile studies) as well as a high-risk referral population. Depending on the interest of the fellow, there is the opportunity to become involved with fetal MRI and neonatal imaging.

During the year, there are a variety of educational and multidisciplinary rounds in all areas.

Fellows are given 1 full day/week of protected academic time and are required to complete and submit an academic paper by the end of the fellowship.  There are many interesting research opportunities available in breast, obstetrics, and abdominal imaging including opportunities to work in collaboration with the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Positions available: 2 per year