Resident Events

Annual Resident BBQ

Every July, the Radiology Residency Program puts on a BBQ for all residents, faculty and staff. It is a way for our newest residents to get to know everyone, and for all of us spread throughout the city to reconnect. The Program Director graciously hosts this event at his or her home, and we have the event catered and bartended by local businesses. You can see the photos posted on our Facebook page by clicking here.






Annual Softball Game (The Achilles Cup)


With the Radiologists as two-time defending champions, the rivalry was renewed and the residents seemed invigorated by new recruits. The game was a hard-fought battle back and forth. The Radiologists jumped to an early lead following Dr. Gary Brahm’s bunt triple which reminded us of little league play. The residents never gave up and tied the game in dramatic fashion to force extra innings. After each team scored a run in the extra frame, the game was declared a tie. There were no losers this year as we raised a glass at the pub to celebrate.



Although the Radiologists were fewer in number, they made up for it in heart and determination with a repeat victory over the residents. Special mention goes out to Peter Lynch who pitched for the faculty as well as his own resident team. Better luck next time residents! No matter the outcome the social afterwards was enjoyed by everyone.



The Radiologists rebounded form their loss the previous year and with friends and family cheering them on took home the Achilles Cup. They were led by Dr. Landis who hit a home run to help seal the victory. With no hard feelings, everyone gathered at Crossings Pub for well deserved refreshments



This was the second annual Resident vs. Staff Softball Game, also known as The Achilles Cup. The staff won the inagural game, but the residents bounced back in 2014, winning a decisive victory over the staff by a score of 17-11.


Annual Resident Retreat


We returned to the lovely Elmhust Inn & Spa for this year’s retreat where we were again joined by the Queen’s Radiology residents. This year’s theme was on the CanMEDS Health Advocate role. One of the most educational sessions was the plenary on “Advocacy, Accreditation and Quality of Care” led by the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee – Dr. Andrea Lum.


The theme for this year’s retreat was the Communicator and Collaborator CanMEDS roles. For the first time the residents at Queen’s University joined us for a combined session. The highlight of the retreat was listening to Bobby Umar, a motivational speaker and communication expert.


Held in downtown Toronto with a focus on the CanMEDS Leader role. The two day event included lectures from Radiology experts at the University of Toronto as well as from Western University. Presentations from OMA leadership as well as Radiology specialty organizations were a highlight of the retreat along with sampling the night life of Toronto as a group.


This year the retreat was held at the picturesque Elmhust Inn & Spa in nearby Ingersoll. We were privileged to have Dr. James Fraser, past CAR President, as our guest speaker. The theme of this year’s retreat was the Professional CanMEDS role and a panel of academic and community radiologists addressed the different roles radiologists play in patient care.


On November 21st the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University Radiology Program held their 2nd annual resident retreat at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre.  This resident-run initiative has an underlying philosophy of mentorship and a focus on multifaceted resident development.  This year we decided to look to the future and hear about new or upcoming developments in radiology.  This gave the staff and residents an opportunity to share in the exciting advances to the field with our theme being: The Frontiers of Radiology.

Royal College-style sessions were organized for the morning, with a special thank you to Drs. Alison Spouge, Anat Kornecki and Donald Lee for their shared time, experience and mentorship!  Our PGY 3-5 residents each got to spend some time in the proverbial Hot Seat while the more junior residents got an idea of what to expect.

In the afternoon we heard from Dr. Ian Ross about the Program’s direction, vision and curriculum design including some potential new learning, assessment and logging software.  Our Chair & Chief Dr. Andrea Lum spoke about Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) and province-wide peer review.  Drs. Donald Lee, Zahra Kassam and Amol Mujoomdar shared some of the exciting developments in their fields of neuroradiology, body radiology and interventional radiology, respectively.

The evening closed off with an entertaining and competitive two rounds of non-radiology trivia hosted by Dr. Jonathan Chung.  On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to thank all the volunteers who made this day possible and look forward to next year!


On October 17 and 18, the Western University Radiology Program held their first resident retreat at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.  This was a resident run and funded initiative designed to explore some of the non-traditional areas of radiology education.  This year, we focused on the professional side of radiology.  We were fortunate to have fellows, staff, and other professionals from London and beyond take time out of their busy schedules to hold various seminars which covered a wide range of topics that included career guidance, financial planning, teleradiology, academic and community radiology, administration, exam preparation, and even philosophy.  Several resident run sessions covered general residency advice as well as the consensus on resident duty hours.  Our retreat culminated with a visit from OAR president Dr.Mark Prieditis as well as CEO Ray Foley who gave an all-encompassing view of the challenges facing radiology in Ontario.

It wasn’t all work and no play by any means.  We had a raucous turnout for our trivia night followed by early morning (a little too early for most) yoga.

The reception for the retreat was extremely positive with many strong post-retreat evaluations submitted by the residents.  On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to again thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible.

annual london imaging discovery day (lidd)


Next year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 12, 2019 and will be held at the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, King’s University College. More information will be provided in the future.



June 14, 2018 marked the 13th Annual London Imaging Discovery Day held at St. Joseph’s Health Care London in the Shuttleworth Auditorium. Over 270 attendees participated in the day. There were 15 informative and engaging oral presentations including an outstanding keynote lecture which discussed the topic of Collaborative Practice, Science, and Technology: The Future of Radiology given by Dr. David Jaffray and Dr. Heidi Schmidt from Toronto. There were 48 themed based electronic oral poster presentations given by faculty, residents, fellows, students and staff. We presented many awards to faculty and residents. The evening ended with refreshments to celebrate the exciting day.



June 27, 2017 marked the 12th Annual London Imaging Discovery Day held at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital in the Sumner Auditorium. The keynote speaker was Dr. Chris Watling, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He discussed the topic of Building the Foundation: Observation and Feedback in CBME. There were 15 oral presentations and 25 electronic poster presentations given by residents and graduate students. The day was concluded with a promotions and awards ceremony followed by a social gathering.



June 21, 2016 marked the 11th Annual London Imaging Discovery Day held at The Mercato, Brescia University College. This year we were lucky to have a panel of in-house speakers – Dr. Zahra Kassam “Beyond the Reading Room—Understanding the Cancer Journey and the Evolving Role of Oncologic Imaging in 2016” and Dr. Mark Landis “Lung Cancer Screening; What’s It All About?” There were 15 oral presentations and 37 electronic and paper poster presentations from our graduate students and residents. We also had a promotions and awards ceremony followed by a relaxing BBQ social.



June 11, 2015 marked the 10th Annual London Imaging Discovery Day held at Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University. The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark Prieditis, President of the Ontario Association of Radiologists. He spoke about “Emerging Issues: Quality Imaging – Peer Review, Quality Issues and Other Trends in Radiology. We had 10 oral presentations given by graduate students and residents. In the afternoon we had our poster presentations by graduate students, residents and fellows. The day concluded with our Graduation, Promotions, and Awards Ceremony.



June 26, 2014 marked the 9th Annual London Imaging Discovery Day held at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital in the Sumner Auditorium. The keynote speaker was Dr. Brian Goldman who spoke on the topic of “Mea Culpa: A Professional and Personal Reflection on Medical Errors”. The lecture dove into topics of quality, both in the standard of care we provide, as well as the environment we create in our hospitals and how it affects us as residents and clinicians. The afternoon included 10 oral presentations given by graduate students and residents as well as over 30 poster presentations. The day ended with our Annual Graduation, Promotions, and Awards Ceremony to celebrate our academic achievements.



June 13, 2013 marked the 8th Annual London Imaging Discovery Day which was held at the North Campus Building at Western University. The day began with a presentation given by Denise Figlewicz, Vice Dean, Research and Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. She spoke about Medical Imaging on the Forefront: How Medical Imaging fits with the overall strategic plan. The keynote speaker was Dr. Amit Chakma, President & Vice-Chancellor of Western University. He spoke about Western’s Strategic Direction. The day continued with 10 oral presentations given by graduate students and residents as well as over 60 poster presentations. We concluded the day with a Graduation, Promotion and Awards Ceremony.


new - 2018 graduation and awards dinner

This was the inaugural dinner to celebrate the graduation of our residents and fellows. The event was held at the Craft Farmacy restaurant where we were treated to an evening of fine dining. The annual resident and faculty awards were presented along with graduation certificates and speeches recognizing the hard work put in by each of the graduates. What a wonderful start to a great new tradition!


journal club

There are a total of 4 Journal Clubs held each year providing an opportunity for each resident to research and present a current topic in Radiology. These events are hosted by faculty and held at popular restaurants in London where educational discussions are held over dinner.

mentor groups

Each resident is assigned to a mentor group consisting of a Radiology faculty adviser and a resident from each post graduate year in Radiology. These groups meet several times per year and sometimes even combine to engage in some friendly rivalry.

visiting professor series

Each year multiple visiting professors are hosted at Western University for a two-day event of learning and lectures attended by all of the Radiology residents. Experts in Radiology come from all over Canada and the United States to spend dedicated time with the residents.


Dr. Iain Kirkpatrick - February 12-13, 2018
Dr. Anish Kirpalani - May 14-15, 2018
Dr. Savvas Nicolaou - Oct 22-23, 2018


Dr. Saurabh Malhotra - September 21-22, 2017
Dr. Frank Rybicki- September 25-26, 2017
Dr. Linda Probyn - October 30-31, 2017


Dr. Martin Reed - January 11-12, 2016
Dr. Judy Yee - April 11-12, 2016


Dr. Jean Seely – May 11, 2015
Dr. An Tay - Sept 14-15, 2015
Dr. Tim Mosher - December 7-8, 2015


Dr. Patrice Bret – March 17/21, 2014
Dr. Jaclyn Duffin – May 26, 2014
Dr. Jennifer Harvey – September 29-30, 2014
Dr. Eugene Yu – October 6-7, 2014
Dr. Ravi Bhargava – October 27-28, 2014
Dr. Elsie Nguyen – November 17-18, 2014


Dr. Theresa McLoud – February 25-26, 2013
Dr. Richard Gunderman – March 11-12, 2013
Dr. Matthias Schmidt – May 6-7, 2013
Dr. Debora Rubens – September 5-6, 2013