I’d like to thank the British Society of Head and Neck Imaging for awarding me the 2014 Travel Bursary. As a regular BSHNI meeting attendee and with a keen head and neck interest, I was delighted to be able to use this generous bursary to attend the 2nd Leuven course on Head and Neck Imaging: From Symptom to Diagnosis (2015).
This was an excellent course that focused on defining radiological approaches to diagnosis starting from patient’s signs and symptoms. The course was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Irish College, founded in 1607 by an Irish Franciscan, and a focal point of European affairs since the 17th century. The program consisted of a mixture of didactic lectures and practical workshops. The lectures reviewed the head and neck anatomy and pathology and discussed optimal imaging strategies, concentrating on limiting the differential diagnostic by combining the clinical information with the imaging findings. During the workshops, we had the opportunity to consolidate and test our knowledge by reviewing clinical cases with a full clinical history and scroll through images.
We worked in groups with maximum two students accessing a computer and had direct teacher feedback. The full course material was provided to take home, including a PDF with the cases reviewed, resource that I already found of great assistance in my daily reporting. There was a formal course reception with sit down dinner, a great opportunity to meet radiologists from around the world. And I must mention my personal highlight as a foodie – the 3 course lunches with two glasses of wine every day, it’s not every day that you get to live like the Belgian radiologists!.
To summarise this was a great opportunity made possible by the British Society of Head and Neck Imaging. The award is available annually to any member of the BSHNI upon an application and assessment procedure and can be used for a variety of specialty related courses, meetings or even observerships in European departments. For details on how to apply please see the society website.