European Diploma in Paediatric Radiology (EDiPR)
The ESPR launched the European Educational Curriculum & Diploma in Paediatric Radiology (EDiPR) in 2017. The Education and Professional Development committee of the ESPR (hereinafter referred to as “Education committee”) is responsible for the organization of the educational curriculum, examinations and diploma.
The EDiPR represents a significant qualification in paediatric radiology.
The EDiPR represents a first step towards transnational harmonisation of paediatric radiological standards in Europe.
The EDiPR will assist paediatric radiologists in the promotion of their skills and experience when dealing with other colleagues and with the general public.
The EDiPR represents a standard of paediatric radiology education across Europe through attendance of eligible courses. Proof of knowledge in paediatric radiology is provided by passing four individual course examinations followed by a final examination covering the whole curriculum. All tests take place in English.
The EDiPR confirms proof of subspecialized education in addition to national qualifications and fellowships and by no means can replace these national qualifications or fellowships.
The EDiPR is endorsed by the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) and all courses are accredited by the European Board of Radiology (EBR) and European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).
• The four individual examinations and diploma provide an objective test of knowledge in paediatric radiology at the end of subspecialty training and/or fellowship in paediatric radiology.
• The EDiPR certifies that a candidate has passed high quality examinations (in English) in paediatric radiology.
• A successful examination will be an asset to paediatric radiologists in their career development. It will definitely be an added value to the candidates’ CV, differentiating them from other contenders when applying for a job or fellowship.
Note that EDiPR does not replace any equivalent national board certificate or fellowship!
Who is the diploma aimed for?
The ESPR is specifically targeting the EDiPR to junior faculty with interest and/or experience in paediatric radiology. The ESPR’s Education Committee’s recommendation is that as much of the diploma’s curriculum is covered by candidates during their residency or fellowship, but any certified radiologist with experience in paediatric radiology is eligible to sit the course tests and the final examination for the diploma. To apply for the final diploma examination at the end of the educational curriculum the candidate has to demonstrate completion of certification as a radiologist (see the eligibility criteria for more detailed information).
Format and Curriculum
The educational curriculum will be covered over the span of three ECPR courses plus the attendance of one ECPNR course, jointly organized by the European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR) and ESPR as per the chart below:
Delivery of the curriculum of the European diploma in paediatric radiology (EDiPR)
|ECPR course||ECPR course||ECPR course||ECPNR course (any)|
|Paediatric musculoskeletal imaging including systemic diseases||Paediatric chest imaging including neck and cardiovascular||Paediatric abdominal imaging||(In collaboration with ESNR)|
On the last course day of each ECPR and ECPNR course a written examination will take place, including a limited certificate in case of successful completion of this examination. Candidates that would like to apply for the final diploma examination must have passed all written examinations at the end of each module (see also the eligibility criteria for more detailed information).
In case a candidate fails one of the ECPR or ECPNR exam, he or she has to wait until the next relevant cycle.
An update on the upcoming ECPR courses can be found on this webpage: http://www.espr.org/education/
The curriculum for the EDiPR maps the ESR level I-III curricula. These curricula are accessible at this link: https://www.myesr.org/education/training-curricula
More information on the ECPNR courses can be found at this link: http://www.ecpnr.org
Eligibility to apply for the final diploma examination
The Education committee of the ESPR must ensure that a candidate fulfils all the requirements before participating in the final examination. Candidates taking the examination will have to agree with the ESPRs rulings on the examination.
Eligibility will depend on the following:
1. Certification as a radiologist. The candidates have to demonstrate completion of certification as a radiologist. Candidates must have completed their radiology training according to their local national regulations. Proof of completion of specialist training by the national certifying body must be submitted with the final examination application. Certifications must be officially translated into English. Auto certification is not sufficient. A candidate who has completed their radiology training in a non-European country, is welcome to sit the examination when this training or experience is deemed adequate by the Education Committee of the ESPR subject to satisfying all the other eligibility criteria listed below.
2. Training and practice in paediatric radiology. The candidates have to present evidence of training and/or practice in the field of paediatric radiology as follows:
a) Evidence of paediatric radiology training will be through a letter from the head of training and/or departmental chairman where the formal training was held confirming dates and location of this training. This training should be for at least 6 months.
b) In the absence of a formal period of training a period of observation of at least 6 months in an internationally recognised paediatric radiology centre will be accepted. A certificate, signed by the hosting department chairman will be required to be submitted with the final examination application.
c) Alternatively, proof of recent continuous clinical activity in the field of paediatric radiology corresponding to at least 50% of the working time for a minimum of 1 years is also acceptable (6 months full time equivalent). A letter from the chairman of the department where the candidate works confirming the details of the above will be required.
All documents provided should be in English (or officially translated into English). Auto certification is not considered sufficient.
3. ESPR membership. The candidates have to be members of the ESPR in good standing for at least 2 years during application for the final exam of the diploma.
4. Tests prior to the final exam. Candidates must have attended a complete cycle of required eligible ECPR courses plus one ECPNR course. Candidates must have passed the written examination at the end of each module, four tests in total before applying for the final EDiPR examination. No longer than 6 years must have passed between completing the cycle of courses and sitting the final EDiPR examination.
5. English language. The candidate must have sufficient ability in the English language to understand the lectures, to study international literature, and to master the examination. Certification with regard to the language is not required.
Eligibility for the diploma will be at the discretion of the Education committee of the ESPR. The decision of the committee will be final.
Please note that candidates, regardless of their individual speciality, who are not certified radiologists cannot sit for the final examination for the European Diploma of Paediatric Radiology!
A summary of the eligibility criteria for the EDiPR is given in the chart below
Requirements for successful completion of the European diploma in paediatric radiology (EDiPR)
|Successful completion of radiology training with certification as a radiologist||Evidence of training and/or practice in the field of paediatric radiology||Members of the European society of paediatric radiology of good standing||Successful completion of all the diploma curriculum including the corresponding four tests||Success at the final test for the European diploma in paediatric radiology|
Date and format of the final examination:
The initial sitting of the final diploma examination will be held in June 2020 during the ESPR Annual Meeting. The final diploma examination will then be available at every ESPR Annual Meeting moving forwards. In case the conjoined meeting of the ESPR and SPR (IPR) is organised in the USA, an alternative date and location within Europe to sit the final diploma examination will be chosen.
Application for the final examination will be through the application form on this webpage.
The detailed format of the final examination, the date and the venue will be announced at a later date.
The handling fee for the diploma examination is € 150. The handling fee for each ECPR course examination will be decided and announced by the local organisers on the course website.
The EDiPR certification has a 5 year validity. If required, renewal will be automatic and free of charge with completion of the following items during the 5 years of diploma validity:
• Attendance of a minimum of 2 annual courses or congresses of the ESPR in 5 years.
• 100 CME Points (as established by the national authorities of each candidate and granted by them or by European authorities) over 5 years from attendance at CME recognized (online) meetings, SAM/CME questions from paediatric radiology articles in Pubmed journals, online lectures, and local teaching activities on paediatric radiology topics (up to 50 CME points may be achieved by a full paper published in peer-reviewed indexed journals or a book chapter; 50 CME for an invited lecture; and 20 CME for any published abstract or poster).
• ESPR memberships in good standing.
The certification will not be renewed if the above items have not been completed during the 5 years of diploma validity. No written/oral exam will be done for renewal. Applications for diploma renewal enclosing relevant certification should be completed and sent to ESPR office, at least 3 months prior to expiration of the diploma’s validity, for approval by the Educational Committee of the ESPR.
Candidates passing the examination following each ECPR course will be awarded a limited certificate of successfully completing the examination for Pediatric Musculoskeletal imaging, Pediatric Chest imaging, Pediatric Abdominal imaging respectively, while only candidates successfully passing the ECPNR (basic course) examination as well and the final diploma examination will be awarded the “European Diploma in Paediatric Radiology” (EDiPR).