Vancouver Imaging has partnered with the University of British Columbia for over 50 years as part of the Department of Radiology within the Faculty of Medicine. All our radiologists work in the Faculty of Medicine and have first-hand experience with teaching students. Our focus is to provide a quality experience for future radiologists through their graduate and advanced post-graduate training using clinical exposure and supervised learning. Our global impact can be attributed to our fellowship programs, where doctors from other countries come to obtain sub-specialty training from our radiologists.
Vancouver Imaging radiologists are mentors in the Fellowship Programs and impart invaluable expertise based on their clinical experience. Our objective is to ensure that fellows have the foundation to provide an excellent standard of radiology care in either an academic or non-academic practice. We will support the development of fellow’s clinical leadership, presentation, and teaching skills.
Through the University of British Columbia, the following radiology subspecialty Fellowship Programs are offered:
The Abdominal Fellows rotate through imaging modalities such as ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT, and MRI. Procedures include US and CT guided biopsies and drainages. The MRI-US prostate fusion biopsy program is comprised of a dedicated 3D prostate fusion system with many referrals from the province of British Columbia. Fellows receive exposure to CT Colonography. As Vancouver General Hospital is a regional tertiary and quaternary center for hepatic and renal transplantation, pancreaticobiliary surgery, complex urological surgery, a large volume and wide variety of clinical cases are available. US volume usually consists of over 100 cases a day with 4-16 US-guided procedures that can include: biopsies of liver, kidneys, prostate, other abdominal masses, thyroid nodules/neck masses/nodes; drainages of pleural effusions, ascites, abdominal collections, including transvaginal approaches.
The goal of the Cardiothoracic Imaging (CTI) Fellowship is to provide trainees with broad-based experience in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient thoracic imaging, including oncology, interstitial lung disease, lung transplantation, hematological malignancy, and bone marrow transplantation. Working with both radiologists and cardiologists, CTI Fellows are trained to interpret cardiac CT angiograms and achieve a Level II Certification by the end of the Fellowship. CTI Fellows are trained to protocol, interpret and process cardiac and thoracic MRIs, as well as to be competent in transthoracic CT-guided lung biopsies and pre-operative fuzzy wire localization.
The Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship is a one or two-year Fellowship which allows trainees to become proficient in all areas of neuroradiology including brain, head, neck and spine imaging as well as spine intervention and non-invasive vascular imaging. Trainees will gain experience in current and emerging techniques such as CT and MR perfusion imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, MR spectroscopy and functional MRI along with obtaining exposure to diagnostic and interventional neuroangiography. The program includes participation in weekly multidisciplinary rounds and rotations in Pediatric Neuroradiology at the BC Children’s Hospital and Oncologic Head and Neck Imaging at the BC Cancer Agency.
Emergency & Trauma Radiology
The Emergency & Trauma Fellowship program is the largest in the world. This program represents diversity through ethnicity and gender irrespective of the socio-economic status of the fellow's homeland. The program has the unique distinction of covering 24/7 stroke imaging including CT/CTA of head and neck, along with giving access to after-hours MRI for imaging of acute abdominal pain in young and pregnant females. We perform and interpret 40 plus Cardiac MDCTA’s per week making us the largest volume of Cardiac CT ER imaging center in North America. The goal of the Emergency & Trauma Radiology Fellowship year is to provide trainees with a broad-based experience in Trauma and whole-body Acute Care Imaging. Our fellows are also involved in research topics such as Dual Energy CT and AI models which help to improve the methods and technology of imaging techniques. Upon completion of the Fellowship, the candidate will also obtain a Level 2 certification in Cardiac CT and a certificate in excellence in the applications of Dual Energy CT.
The Interventional Neuroradiology Program at Vancouver General Hospital offers comprehensive training in all aspects of neuro-interventional care, including vascular and non-vascular procedures for brain and spine conditions. The 1-year fellowship primarily focuses on providing the trainee with the full complement of cognitive and technical training for managing ischemic cerebrovascular disease and interventional stroke care along with exposure to the full range of INR procedures. The 2-year fellowship will allow the trainee to become proficient in all aspects of INR care, including acute ischemic stroke, management of unruptured and ruptured aneurysms, arteriovenous dural fistulae, preoperative head and neck and spinal embolization, and management of traumatic cerebrovascular injury. Both the 1- and 2-year fellowship provide extensive training in diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies affecting the head and neck region, as well as exposure to simple and complex non-vascular spinal interventions, including cementoplasty, thermal ablation, and other niche and novel procedures.
The Interventional Radiology Fellowship provides broad-based experience in the clinical management and treatment of patients in vascular and nonvascular interventions. In addition to participating in multi-disciplinary meetings (Liver tumor board, joint Vascular Surgery/IR, TEVAR, Renovascular and Renal cell cancer rounds), the program provides exposure to interventional oncology including thoracic endovascular stent grafts. Vascular procedures include vascular access, hemodialysis fistulae, IVC filter insertion, extremity deep venous thrombolysis, pulmonary embolus catheter directed thrombolysis and peripheral vascular angioplasty/stenting. Non-vascular procedures include gastrointestinal intervention, genitourinary intervention, fluoroscopic spinal injections and women’s fertility. The local practice for vascular anomalies is the largest in western Canada, with dedicated interventional lists for angiographic assessment and treatment. Successful completion of this Fellowship should allow candidates to perform interventional procedures and operate independently within a general interventional radiology practice.
The goal of the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Fellowship is to provide trainees with an extensive experience in both diagnostic and interventional MSK. Basic interventional procedures for all fellows include imaging-guided soft tissue & bone biopsy, image-guided pain management, joint aspiration/injection including arthrography and spine injections. For fellows with special interest and who have achieved an appropriate standard of basic procedural skill; training in advanced procedures including cryoablation, vertebroplasty, and cementoplasty is available. Exposure to musculoskeletal oncology along with orthopedic trauma and sports injury-related imaging will be obtained. The large rheumatological case volume in all imaging modalities including DECT for patients with Gout is available including spine and metabolic bone disorders imaging. Successful completion of this Fellowship should allow candidates to perform interventional procedures and operate independently within a general musculoskeletal radiology practice.
Learn more about the Radiology Fellowship program:
UBC Radiology Fellowship programs
For assistance on how to fill out the application and a step-by-step application guide:
UBC Step by Step Application Guide
Vancouver Imaging radiologists are mentors in subspecialty Residency Programs accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The accreditation has increased the academic standing of our programs at the University of British Columbia across the national and international stages.
A two-year Diagnostic Neuroradiology Residency Program accredited by the RCPSC is offered to eligible candidates. The trainees are accomplished in parallel with candidates in the Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship Program. The Residency Program offers an eligibility route to write the Royal College certification examination in Neuroradiology.
Residents will become proficient in all areas of neuroradiology including brain, head, neck and spine imaging as well as spine intervention and non-invasive vascular imaging. Residents will gain experience in current and emerging techniques such as CT and MR perfusion imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, MR spectroscopy and functional MRI along with obtaining exposure to diagnostic and interventional neuroangiography. The program includes participation in weekly multidisciplinary rounds and rotations in Pediatric Neuroradiology at the BC Children's Hospital and Oncologic Head and Neck Imaging at the BC Cancer Agency.