Pediatric Radiology

Fellowship Director: Kerri Highmore, MD, Assistant Professor - Radiology
Program Administrator:
Joanne Zabihaylo 

The University of Ottawa and the Department of Medical Imaging at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) offers four one-year fully funded Pediatric Radiology Fellowship positions.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is a free-standing teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. The hospital has 165 beds and supports a full complement of pediatric and surgical subspecialties, including neurosurgery and cardiac surgery. The hospital has an affiliated research institute (CHEO-RI) that supports both basic and clinical research activities throughout the institution.

Over 115,000 examinations per year are performed in CHEO’s Medical Imaging Department. Residents in medical imaging and pediatrics rotate through the department. The Department has 12 pediatric radiologists on staff providing imaging services in all areas of pediatric imaging.

The Department has a very active emergency and clinical service with state-of-the-art imaging equipment. There is a 1.5 Tesla MR scanner and a 3 Tesla MR scanner, a 64-slice CT scanner, two state-of-the-art digital fluoroscopy rooms, digital radiography, and seven ultrasound units with Doppler and colour flow imaging. There are two nuclear medicine cameras with multi-planar SPECT capability and bone mineral densitometry. The department is fully digital with an upgraded RIS driven integrated PACS and VR system.

Multiple multidisciplinary research projects are taking place in our department. The fellows are invited to be an active part of them or to start new research projects under the guidance of the members of our staff.

General Objectives

  • Gain a good knowledge of normal development and variations in pediatric imaging
  • Gain an organized knowledge base for the wide range of pediatric pathology
  • Understand the physical and technical aspects of pediatric imaging with respect to immobilization, sedation, patient positioning, minimizing radiation, and contrast media
  • Be able to prescribe, plan, and supervise the different imaging modalities, e.g. GI/GU, CT, NM or MRI, with knowledge of our routine protocol, as well as the ability to tailor a study depending on the condition of the child and/or suspected pathology

General Duties

  • Consult effectively with other physicians, technologists, nurses, and other health care professionals
  • Participate in teaching pediatric and radiology residents
  • Attend and contribute effectively to the departmental and interdepartmental rounds and multi-specialty groups (oncology, surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, nephrology, urology, cardiology, ER, neonatal ICU, etc.)
  • Contribute actively to the teaching file by adding cases
  • Participate in at least one research project involving pediatric radiology imaging

Application Deadlines

Application Procedure for Foreign Candidates

Application Procedure for Candidates trained in U.S.: same as Canadian trained candidates (see below).

Application Procedure for Canadian Trained Candidates:

  • Applications must be submitted by email to the Program Administrator, Joanne Zabihaylo
  • Cover letter must indicate name of subspecialty fellowship;
  • Personal Statement (should include reasons for applying to our program);
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Copy of medical degree and specialty degree;
  • Proof of English or French proficiency
  • Three reference letters.
  • You must provide a letter from your Program Director stating when you will complete your Radiology residency as well as the estimated date you will receive your specialty certificate. A copy of the Specialty Certificate will be required at the time of the interview.


Application Deadline:

Academic Year 2023-2024: Deadline to apply is December 31, 2021

Academic Year 2024-2025: Deadline to apply is December 31, 2022

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