We have started 2021 with lots of energy and an even bigger commitment to bringing radiology education to where it is needed around the globe. Radiology Across Borders is very proud to welcome the first 43 students to the International Certificate in Radiology Fundamentals, including Daniel from Tonga and Mele from Niue Island who you will read about more.
Amid continuing restrictions on international travel, we will be running six free virtual summits this year. We kicked off on 17 April with our amazing VITAL program that focussed on hands-on ultrasound training.
Our Teleradiology in Disaster Events and Screening Program - TIDES - successfully completed its 2d Phase. We are currently looking for 50 volunteer radiologists who can help us to provide 2nd opinions to even more of our partners. Get involved and connect with our colleagues from the Cook Islands and Samoa. We are hoping to add more nations to the TIDES Program later in the year.
Help us spread the word about RAB’s work to be able to reach even more clinicians around the world. Follow us on Social Media and make sure to check out our website. We’d love to hear from you.
The International Certificate in Radiology Fundamentals is underway
Ailsa Cowrie, ICRF lead
The first year of the International Certificate in Radiology Fundamentals (ICRF) launched on 15 th February 2021. This is a unique online, affordable, and high quality education program in core radiology with the vision to upskill health practitioners in developing nations so that they can help their colleagues, workplaces, and communities, The ICRF was developed by RAB in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Radiopaedia, and eIntegrity, and required a massive effort by RAB volunteers, staff and partners over a number of years, particularly the last two years.
We are very proud that the program has achieved accreditation by UBC CPD as a CPD Event, and students who successfully complete the program will be issued with an RAB / UBC CPD certificate.
The students will be studying eight units in order over 10 months:
Neuroradiology including Head & Neck;
There is a range of learning material provided, including lecture slides, video tutorials, and case reviews, and these are aligned with the curriculum. Academically rigorous assessments have been developed by a team at UBC.
We are delighted that the forty three students who have enrolled include a range of professionals (radiology registrars, radiologists, other doctors, and radiographers/sonographers) and come from a range of countries across the Pacific, Asia, and Africa, including Niue, Kiribati, Mongolia, Cook Islands, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Mauritius.
Whilst the studies are self-directed online, regular webinars are held with the students to answer any questions and concerns, and to foster collegiality. There are multiple other avenues whereby students can connect and engage with RAB faculty and fellow students for support during the year.
Stay tuned via LinkedIn and Social Media to follow some of these students throughout the year and hear their fascinating stories.
The virtual VITAL Summit
Cathy Scott, VITAL team
The RAB VITAL Team (Don Kelly, Cathy Scott, Patrick Nielson, Catherine Robinson and Jessica Talbot) kicked off our virtual summit series on 17 April with the VITAL Virtual Conference. The VITAL Virtual conference has brought together a group of enthusiastic professionals in the field of ultrasound to present practical and theoretical training in obstetric, gynaecological, breast and DVT ultrasound.
Xxx clinicians attended the session, which included a mix of lectures, live scanning and Q&A sessions covering:
First trimester ultrasound
BPP and Doppler in 3rd trimester
The 2021 virtual conference series
Unfortunately due to Covid 19, RAB has not been able to conduct any of its normal on site radiologist training sessions in our recipient nations. In addition the very successful “Vital “project providing sonographic teaching in breast cancer detection and obstetrics and gynaecological ultrasound as well as our two new on site series which are “Impact” teaching mammography and “Paeds Vital” teaching core paediatric radiology have also been put on hold in terms of on-site training.
We however are committed to provide this teaching in the form of virtual teleconferences. These will be conducted as six separate weekend sessions over the course of the year. Four of them will be over one day and two over both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the three sessions mentioned above, the radiologists’ sessions will cover thoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging as well as abdominal imaging. The musculoskeletal session will be done in collaboration with AMSIG and volunteers from the University of British Columbia will also be contributing.
As always, these high quality sessions will be provided for free for all our recipient nations and all attendees from developed nations as well.
The dates for the various sessions are listed below. We will be posting regular reminders as the sessions come up on our social media channels.
2. Abdominal imaging - Sat 12/ Sun 13 June
3. Thoracic imaging - Sat 7 August
4. Paeds Vital - Sat September 11
5. MSK imaging - Sat 23/ Sun 24 Oct
6. Impact - Sat Nov 13
TIDES starting a new phase - your chance to voluntee
Dr. Glyn Llewellyn-Jones, TIDES lead
The TIDES project has continued its work in 2021 with volunteer RAB radiologists providing advice and second opinions on 20 cases so far this year from Samoa and the Cook Islands. We will be putting together a new roster soon for the rest of the year so any radiologists from Australia and New Zealand who would like to volunteer please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also currently trialing some exciting new software options for the project to make the referral and review process even easier and looking forward to expanding to another Pacific nation later in the year.
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