Cardiac MRI Fellowship

The clinical research fellowship provides training to develop the expertise for performance and interpretation of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Training in pediatric and congenital cardiology MRI is offered jointly with another specialty area in pediatric cardiology, usually with pediatric echocardiography for a minimum of one year.

Overview

Training is conducted at the Elko Cardiac MRI unit at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute which is a dedicated unit for both adult and pediatric cardiac MRI. The supervising cardiologists/radiologists are: Dr. Edythe Tham, Dr. Cinzia Crawley and Dr. Michelle Noga. The unit performs approximated approximately 200 sedated and non-sedated pediatric and congenital cases per year and is also a referral site for some centres in Western Canada.


Clinical Training Experience

Clinical duties includes:

  • review of all cardiac MRI cases and preparation of a protocol and imaging goals
  • supervision of the study, post-processing analysis and reporting of cases
  • presentation of reported cases at Cardiosurgical Conference
  • participation (if combined with echocardiography) in the oncall roster for the provision of afterhours and weekend echocardiography duties at both Stollery Children’s Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • a further two weeks of consult service may be required of fellows with cardiology training

Teaching Experience

Fellows will participate in educational sessions consisting of MRI case presentations, MRI journal club and MRI related academic half day sessions.


Research Experience

The fellow will be expected to be involved in at least one primary research project, under the supervision of an assigned mentor. It is expected that this work will lead to an abstract presentation at major meetings and publication of the work. The fellow will also be expected to undertake a topic review and to submit for publication. An advisory group is formed within the Alberta Transplant Institute that provides additional guidance and mentorship. Meeting will include the transplant fellows from all specialties and allow exchange of ideas and experiences and creative and productive discussions