“There is a global need for pediatric radiologists and our pediatric radiologists are keen to share their knowledge,” says Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, associate chief, Diagnostic Imaging at IWK Health.
Nationwide there are only five other accredited pediatric radiology training programs.
“A pediatric radiology training program will help us build a stronger more sustainable department and help us attract and retain pediatric radiologists to serve the needs of pediatric imaging locally and beyond,” says O’Brien. “It will offer our patients a stronger, more well-rounded imaging department.”
The pediatric training program will also foster opportunities to increase collaboration with other departments not only in diagnostic and therapeutic imaging techniques but also in education, quality improvement and research.
“The enthusiasm generated with the launch of the program will hopefully encourage more of our diagnostic imaging residents to consider pediatric radiology as a career choice in the future,” says O’Brien. “Maybe even at the IWK!”
“I am so honoured to progress on my radiological journey at IWK Health and Dalhousie University,” says Ramdass, a radiologist from South Africa. “This is an incredible opportunity to do a Pediatric Radiology fellowship, in your beautiful country and experience the wonders of first world medicine.”
The position is made possible through the support of an IWK Foundation Fellowship.
Pediatric radiologists are experts in the diagnosis of illnesses, injuries, and diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, using imaging techniques and equipment. They are specially trained to understand the unique needs of children, parents, and pediatricians in the diagnostic process. They have detailed knowledge of illnesses and medical conditions of infants and children. Their equipment, procedures, and staff are oriented to the special needs of children.