Emergency Radiology Clinical Fellowships

  1. Our ER fellowship program is the largest in the world with 6 paid and 3-4 sponsored/self-paid positions (Refer to FAQ in UBC website for more information about sponsored fellowship).
  2. Our program has the unique distinction of providing 24/7 on-site coverage in trauma, stroke and cardiac imaging, including multiphasic CT angiogram and CT perfusion in acute stroke, whole body CT in trauma for stable and unstable patients, dual-energy CT in all acute conditions, MRI for suspected appendicitis, and post-mortem CT in the context of trauma.

The goal of the Emergency & Trauma Radiology Fellowship is to provide trainees with a broad-based experience in Trauma and Acute Care Imaging. Completion of this Fellowship should allow candidates to occupy most emergency and trauma radiology positions with enough experience and understanding of imaging and protocols to practice independently, successfully and safely.

The clinical fellowship positions are offered as a one- or two-year program beginning July 1st of each academic year. Exceptions can be made for selected candidates to begin their training on January 1st. This Fellowship is organized and instituted to provide excellent head-to-toe exposure to acute polytrauma and other emergency medical conditions such as acute stroke, vascular and non-vascular emergencies in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis as well as musculoskeletal trauma.

Successful applicants will provide, under the supervision of a staff radiologist, rapid final interpretations of CT, MRI, US, and plain radiographic images, including whole-body CT in trauma, coronary CT angiogram, MRI in acute abdominal pain and post-mortem CT following trauma. The emergency and trauma radiology team is directly involved with every major trauma and stroke cases and is expected to recommend, organize and interpret all relevant imaging to help manage the patient expeditiously, including live interpretation at the CT console.

Emergency and trauma radiology fellows are required to protocol and interpret Coronary CT angiograms in both the acute and outpatient settings and should anticipate a level 2 CCTA certification from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) after their 12-month fellowship period. Fellows are also contributing to 24/7 teleradiology coverage provided to BC Women’s Hospital and other remote community hospitals throughout British Columbia.

Research: The latest 3rd generation dual-source CT system sited within the Emergency Department of our institution allows ample exposure to dual-energy imaging examinations for indications such as acute crystalline arthritis, iodine quantification, mapping and subtraction, bone marrow edema, stroke detection, and renal calculi analysis. Our Department has a close working relationship with industry vendors and has conducted successful research projects in the field of rapid whole body “FLASH” imaging, high pitch ultra low dose CT, volume dynamic perfusion imaging as well as an array of projects examining emerging applications for dual-energy and polytrauma imaging. Emergency Department is also active in Artificial Intelligence research and evaluation and testing of commercially available AI softwares.

Protected academic time: An average of half-day per week in which research is encouraged. Fellows are expected to conduct an Emergency and Trauma Radiology related research project under the supervision of our faculty members, with the goal of submitting and presenting at a major radiology conference (RSNA, ASER, CAR). Funding is also available for abstracts accepted as a podium presentation.

Teaching duties: Surgical handover rounds are held every morning to review any acute abdominal conditions from the previous night. Weekly radiological-surgical rounds are held every Friday morning with the collaboration of the Acute Care Surgery and Emergency and Trauma Radiology teams (ACSERT Rounds). Weekly Trauma Rounds are available, and the Emergency and Trauma Radiology division is responsible to present on various topic once a month. Dedicated fellows’ teaching occurs every Tuesday morning. Finally, fellows are involved in teaching offered to Radiology and Emergency medicine residents, and medical students.

Getting Your English Language Proficiency Passing Test Scores: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) is the licensing body for UBC’s Fellowships and requires passing scores for an English Proficiency test completed before licensure will be granted – see information here: https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf

Getting Your Credentials Verified: All International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must get their credentials verified through the Medical Council of Canada’s “Physicians apply” portal.  This can take up to three months to achieve and is the most important requirement for licensure which supports your visa/work permit for immigration. You will be provided with more information on this after you are accepted to the program.





Radiology Fellowships