Monday, September 26, 2016 (ESR, Vienna) – The European School of Radiology (ESOR) is poised to step-up its presence in Latin America in 2017, as part of the European Society of Radiology’s (ESR) wider mission to promote education and increase engagement with the region’s radiological community. Since 2010, ESOR has organised 27 educational activities in Latin America (Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico) in collaboration with seven Latin American societies. In 2017, ESOR will offer an even wider range of activities in Latin America, promoting scientific and educational exchange.
Next year will see an intensified presence of well-established activities in Latin America, such as the fifth edition of the ESOR AIMS Mexico Programme, organised in partnership with the Sociedad Mexicana de Radiología e Imagen (SMRI) and the Federación Mexicana de Radiología e Imagen (FMRI). The two seminars on Imaging in Thoracic and Abdominal Non-Traumatic Emergencies will be held on April 26, 2017 in Mexico City and April 28, 2017 in Puebla.
Additionally, the Colegio Interamericano de Radiologia (CIR) and the ESR have combined efforts to organise the Joint CIR-ESR/ESOR Course on MR Imaging from head to toe, taking place in Cancún, Mexico on June 8–10, 2017. “Joint efforts such as this course on MRI imaging are very important in order to strengthen the ties between Latin American and European radiologists, especially in the field of education. The course is an excellent opportunity for our societies to work together, and for Latin American radiologists to learn from a high level faculty, both from ESR/ESOR and CIR,” emphasised Dr. Gloria Soto, CIR Educational Director, from Chile.
Prof. Luís Donoso, ESR Past President, was recently awarded the CIR Gold Medal, and he especially appreciates the increased cooperation with Latin American societies. “As former ESR President, I am very pleased that the social, political and educational relationship between Latin America and the ESR is constantly growing. Europe and Central and South America have a common history, and are connected not only through language but also arts and increasingly science. It is good to see educational exchange being fostered and I am positive the relationship will continue to flourish,” he stated.
The ESOR Visiting Professorship Programme Colombia will take place for the third time next year and is being organised in partnership with the Asociación Colombiana de Radiología (ACR). The course in Bogotá will take place at the ESR Office Latin America and will be hosted by former ACR President Federico G. Lubinus, from Bucaramanga, Colombia. “Education and continuing education is extremely important for radiologists at all stages of their career. This intense one-day programme was designed for senior residents, board-certified radiologists and fellows interested in staying up to date with the latest developments in head and neck radiology, and I am very much looking forward to hosting this programme,” said Dr. Lubinus. The ESOR Visiting Professorship Programme Colombia on Head and Neck Radiology will take place on August 2, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia and on August 6, 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.
The Programme will be expanded in 2017 to include a first-time initiative in collaboration with the Sociedad Argentina de Radiología (SAR) and the Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Radiología, Diagnóstico por Imágenes y Terapia Radiante (FAARDiT). The ESOR Visiting Professorship Programme Argentina on Abdominal Imaging will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina on November 3–4, 2017.
Since 2012, ESOR has organised the ESOR AIMS Brazil courses, aimed at participants from Brazil, particularly final-year residents, board-certified radiologists and fellows. For 2017, the programme on Emergency Radiology has been organised in cooperation with the Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem (CBR). The course will take place on August 25–26, 2017 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Additionally, each year, one ESOR Breast Imaging Fellowship in New York has been available exclusively for radiologists from Latin America. Next year, the fellowship will be available in the first half of the year. Furthermore, radiologists from Latin America are eligible to apply for exchange programmes for fellowships in European training centres.