WFPI Fellowship (Observership) in South Africa

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 sponsored training observership to be spent in Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Johannesburg in South Africa under the direction of Dr Jaishree Naidoo.  Financial support is $3,000 US to cover transport and living expenses.

The program aims to enhance the clinical practice and teaching of paediatric radiology at all levels of healthcare more broadly in Africa, 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 Africa’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 2-3 months of observership the coordinator will be orientating, tutoring and guiding 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, dopplers, 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.

Criteria/ Eligibility:

  • Must be currently in a senior resident position sub specialising/ interested in pediatric radiology or
  • Must have completed radiology training not more than 2-5 years and focusing his/ her practice in pediatric radiology
  • Evidence of publications in pediatric radiology related topics is an advantage
  • Must be fluent in both written and spoken English
  • Applicant should be in a position to subsidize the fellowship grant if necessary
  • The applicant should 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

A support letter of active participation in Pediatric Radiology/Imaging Association activities of the home country.

Deadline for Application: was 30th May 2018.

2018 Observer

Congratulations to Dr. Janet Akinmoladun, the first WFPI Observer/Fellow, pictured here (left) with her mentor at Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Jaishree Naidoo (right).

Dr. Akinmoladun's home institution is University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. 

Application Details


Applications were reviewed by the Internal Funding Allocation Committee which made funding recommendations to WFPI’s Council (represented by its Executive Committee). The Council's ratified the Committee's recommendation.