The Royal Children’s Hospital
POSITION DESCRIPTION FORM
Review by: Michelle Fink / Tim Cain
Title: Radiologist / Director
Date of Last Review: April 2006
POSITION TITLE: Medical Imaging Fellow
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Medical Imaging/Division of Clinical Support Services
REPORTS TO: (title) Director
AWARD CLASSIFICATION: JK10
HOURS OF WORK: 43 per week
The prime purpose of the fellowship is to develop and consolidate expertise in all aspects of
general paediatric imaging.
As the fellow progresses through the fellowship year she/he will initially be closely supervised,
and then be given increasing responsibility, so that by the end of the year she/he should be
comfortable working independently like a consultant.
There will be regular appraisals, which will allow the fellow and the radiologists to inform one
another of performance in order to assist in optimising the rest of training.
The first review will take place after the first month, after which the fellow should be able to report
plain films unsupervised if mutually agreed.
There is a weekly duty roster. The fellow is rostered on weekly rotation either to the reporting
room, ultrasound or MRI. Arrangements can be made for the fellow to attend interventional and /
or Nuclear Medicine sessions if mutually agreed.
Work in the reporting room comprises plain film reporting, fluoroscopy and CT as well as
consultation with clinicians.
Two sessions a week are protected for research and administration.
When rostered in an area the fellow is expected to take prime responsibility for running that area -
with a consultant available for review and advice at all times.
Clinic radiological meetings
The neurosciences and ENT meetings will normally be taken by the fellow rostered to MRI, and
the uro-nephrology meeting by the fellow rostered to ultrasound. Thoracic and combined therapy
clinic meetings are delegated to the CT fellow for the week. Other meetings are as stated in the
weekly roster. The senior fellow will be responsible for allocation of meetings to cover fellows’
Fellows prepare allocated meetings; the responsible consultant will review films with them prior to
Departmental educational meeting: this is a formal weekly meeting, which fellows are expected to
attend and will be rostered to contribute to.
Interesting cases meeting: this weekly meeting is run by fellows. Cases are presented by fellows
and registrars with appropriate back-up information.
Radiology registrar teaching: fellows are expected to attend the weekly tutorials provided by
consultants (mandatory in first 4 months).
Fellows are expected to teach radiology registrars, and medical students, and junior medical /
paramedical staff when invited.
Research is encouraged, and regular research meetings form part of the educational meetings.
During their year at RCH, fellows are expected to get involved in at least one minor and one
major project - with the view of presenting at least one meeting and publication in a peer reviewed
Under the guidance of the senior fellow, fellows are responsible for the fellow’s weekly
departmental clinical roster, on call roster, and holiday rostering.
Fellows are expected to review their studies with consultants regularly during the day, and dictate
and sign out their reports as soon as possible.
Fellows are to complete electronic discharge summaries for patients admitted for radiological
procedures. This is a responsibility negotiated as part of the funding for the radiology fellows.
The fellow is expected to be in the Department from 0830 to 1700 Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday and 0800 to 1700 Tuesday, except when rostered to ultrasound, when the
working day hours are 1000 to 1900 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 0800 to 1800
Average rostered hours: 43 hours per week, this includes 2 sessions a week allocated non-
clinical time to fulfil administrative responsibilities, prepare meetings and presentations, and
4.2 On call
On call is a pivotal part of the learning experience. Fellows are expected to negotiate among
themselves to roster a fellow to take call for every night, week-end and public holiday.
The fellow will be first on call, and will always have a consultant rostered as second on call back
The fellow will be on call for 5 weekday nights and 1 week-end per 4 weeks averaged over the 12
A department mobile phone is provided for use by the Fellows when on call.
As per award as classification JK10, approximately $81,000 per annum base salary. On call and
recall supplements are paid based on the number of recalls as per hospital guidelines. Salary
packaging is encouraged to enable maximising non-taxable portion of the salary.
Fellows are encouraged to take regular leave during their appointment.
The senior fellow is responsible for co-ordinating the roster for fellows’ leave.
It is the fellow’s responsibility to swap on call to cover leave periods.
Fellows are entitled to 5 weeks paid annual leave a year. Applications for leave should be made
4 weeks in advance, and a minimum of 10 days notice must be given.
Conference leave of up to 7 calendar days may be granted to attend a Paediatric Radiology
meeting depending on the operational needs of the department. Financial support to attend an
Australian or International meeting may be provided if a paper, based on work performed at the
Royal Children’s Hospital, is accepted for oral presentation. This financial support will be to a
maximum of $AUS1 500 for an Australian / New Zealand meeting or $AUS2 500 for an
International meeting, and will be provided on presentation of receipts. The Royal Children’s
Hospital conference / travel guidelines will be followed.
Only one fellow may be on leave at any one time, and leave applications will be considered on a
“first come, first served” basis. No more than 2 weeks leave can be taken at the time of fellow