Observership - St Luke's Medical Center, The Philippines

The World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) is an international organization that provides a platform for pediatric radiology organizations 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 (July 1, 2024 - September 30, 2024) sponsored training observership to be spent in the St Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City and Global City, Philippines under the mentorship of the Past President of the Philippine Society for Pediatric Radiology, Dr. Bernard F. Laya along with the St. Luke's Medical Center Pediatric Radiology Team including Dr. Nathan David Concepcion,  Maricar Reyes, Marvin Bautista, Mariaem Andres, Jacqueline Austine Uy, Odina Gomez and Karl Solidum.

Financial support for the Observer is $3,000 US to cover transport and living expenses; up to US$1,000 for the Host Institution.  Application deadline is April 22, 2024. 

The program aims to enhance the clinical practice and teaching of pediatric radiology at all levels of healthcare more broadly in the Philippines, by developing expertise in imaging techniques and familiarity with protocols appropriate to the region’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 pediatric imaging in the context of the region's unique disease burden.  The knowledge and skills acquired will empower a radiologist to conduct optimized pediatric imaging in either a general radiology service or a dedicated pediatric service.

During the 3 months of observership, the Mentor will be orienting, tutoring and guiding the observer in the various aspect of pediatric imaging i.e:

  • Performance of the various fluoroscopic pediatric procedures
  • Ultrasound of the pediatric 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 pediatric brain, myelination, oncology imaging
  • CT- dose, protocols, approach to the pediatric 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.

The World Federation Board gratefully acknowledges the William Shiels Memorial Foundation for its generous support of the global Observership Program. 

Application Details

Application deadline: April 22, 2024.  

Program dates: July 1 to September 30, 2024. 

Applications must be sent through this online form.   

Note: the form must be completed in a single session. To prepare for that submission process, refer to this printable version of the application and gather the following:

Supporting Documents:

  • Your CV
  • 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 region and institution. 
  • A letter of release/support from the Chief of the applicant's Department of Radiology. 
  • A letter of release/support from the applicant's head of the institution .
  • Letter or Statement describing the applicant's participation or involvement in Pediatric Radiology activities and initiatives in the region or country.
Eligibility
  1. Must be a graduate of Philippine College of Radiology (PCR) accredited Radiology Residency Training Program with interest in Pediatric Radiology
  2. Prior Training in modality-based or organ system-based Fellowship Program is not required
  3. No more than 10 years after Radiology Residency/Fellowship Training
  4. Intention to practice and support Pediatric Radiology initiatives in the Philippines
  5. Evidence of publications in pediatric radiology-related topics is an advantage
  6. Must be fluent in both written and spoken English
  7. The successful applicant is expected to submit a report through the host mentor before program completion on the experience gained and how this will improve pediatric radiology practice in the home institution and region. 
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. 

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