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Opportunities for International Outreach and Involvement from the ACR RFS International Outreach Subcommittee
The ACR RFS International Outreach Subcommittee is a young and active group. Our aim is to be the primary resource for residents and fellows seeking information about global health imaging opportunities.
Below you’ll find resources to help you explore opportunities, reach out to potential sites, and get involved in international outreach.
• Our webpage contains valuable background information and links to many related resources.
• The Global Checklist outlines the process for serving abroad, from planning to conception to completion. This is a particularly useful resource for any trainee interested in planning international travel for imaging related work.
• The recently published manuscript in the JACR® titled “Global Health Imaging Curriculum in Radiology Residency Programs: The Fundamentals” explores the process of developing global health imaging opportunities for trainees, whether as an independent project or an institutional program.
• At least 29 programs participate in the RAD-AID International Chapters Network. Visit the website to learn more.
Several national and international organizations provide opportunities for trainees:
• The ACR awards Goldberg-Reeder Resident Travel Grants to qualified residents aiming to spend at least one month assisting health care in a developing country.
• The Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) provides a similar opportunity for radiation oncology residents through the Global Health Scholar Program.
• The RSNA sponsors the Derek Harwood-Nash International Fellowship to bring international scholars to study at North American institutions.
• RAD-AID International connects physicians with international sites in need of radiology support.
• Imaging the World focuses on bringing imaging care to underserved parts of the world and offers volunteer opportunities.
• Radiating Hope provides a variety of opportunities for trainee involvement in global health imaging.
Ways to make a difference in the world are endless. These are just a few opportunities to provide inspiration to get you started.
By Mary Huff, MD, 4th-year radiology resident at Eastern Virginia Medical School and chair of the ACR-RFS International Outreach Subcommittee