Dr Monica Patil
NBIA Breast Radiology Fellow 2019/20 at King’s College Hospital London
I was trained in BJ Government Medical College in Pune, India and completed my degree in radiology in 2017. I worked as a junior consultant for two years after that. Like most of the radiologists in my country, I was reporting everything that was on my day list but I always felt I would be more comfortable doing some subspecialty which would help me call out things with more confidence, as three years’ training was not sufficient to report complex scans in all modalities.
I was not sure though what subspecialty would suit me best. MSK, neurology and IR are the only subspecialties available in India and there was saturation in all of them. Breast on the other hand is still in its infancy. The demand is increasing with increased cancer in India, but there is no training system in place with regards to it yet.
I stumbled upon the advertisement for this fellowship on NHS jobs. Since it was led by HEE and NBIA, it gave me assurance that I would be able to get a good training in breast imaging, as the UK has the oldest screening system with protocols and equipment in place to provide an excellent training.
Working in the NHS has always been my dream as it is an envy of the world! I would encourage all aspiring breast radiologists to consider this fellowship if you wish to either consolidate your training or learn it from scratch. The curriculum can be modified as per your expectations so that you can get the maximum benefit out of it.
Dr Youstina Ebrahim
NBIA Breast Radiology Fellow 2019/20 at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
I graduated from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2010. After completing my General Radiology training from 2011 to 2014, I undertook sub-specialty training in Breast Radiology from 2014 until 2018 at the dedicated Breast Radiology Unit at Cairo University Hospital. In the meantime, I completed my Masters and Doctorate (M.D) degrees in Radiology. I have a great passion in Breast Radiology and intervention.
I was looking forward to joining the Breast Radiology practice in the UK as it encompasses a very well-established screening programme and the Royal College of Radiologists has put well-recognised guidelines in place for Breast Radiology.
When I read about the NBIA training programme and how it covers all aspects of Breast Radiology and intervention, I was excited about joining this programme. The programme is very well organised and the curriculum and timetables are very well prepared to ensure the maximum benefit from the training.
I would encourage all ambitious Breast Radiologists to consider this training programme if they would like to enhance their sub-specialty experience on a wide scale.