WFPI - Shiels Foundation Observership in South Africa

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19.  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 Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa in under the direction of Professor Tracy Kilborn. Red Cross Hospital is a tertiary/ quaternary teaching hospital affiliated to the University of Cape Town and is a major provincial and national referral center for neurosurgery, oncology and surgery. The department has 4 full time pediatric radiologists all of whom are actively involved in teaching and research. Financial support is $3,000 US to cover transport and living expenses. The 2020 program begins September 1st and extends to November 30th.  

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 3 months of observership, the staff radiologists will be orienting, tutoring and guiding the observer in the various aspect of paediatric imaging i.e:

  • Indications for and how to perform fluoroscopic procedures
  • Ultrasound of the pediatric patient from head to toe.
  • Approach to plain film reporting.
  • CT - Protocols, dose, approach to the pediatric patient.
  • MRI - Protocols, fast imaging, sedation.
  • Multidisciplinary Team Meetings - Trauma, Neurology/ Neurosurgery, Oncology, Renal/Urology, Surgery, Pulmonology/ Cardio thoracic weekly and Orthopedics, Vascular malformations monthly.
  • Twice-monthly Departmental Academic Program lecture series.
  • The observer must be committed to the program for the entire period.

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.  

Application deadline is July 6, 2020. 

Application Details


Applications will be reviewed by the committee composed of local experts and institutional representatives which will make funding recommendation to WFPI’s Council (represented by its Executive Committee). 

Supporting Documents for Applications:

  • 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.

Gather the above noted supporting documents and submit the application on line HERE.  

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. 

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.  The current chair or 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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