The Division of Radiologic Science has named seniors Anni Fiets and Victoria Gates as 2020 the division’s Global Student Ambassadors to Switzerland. They join seniors Bailey Ewing and Amanda Winton as Global Student Ambassadors to Malawi.

Ewing and Winton in Malawi
Ewing and Winton in Malawi

During spring break 2020, Fiets and Gates will visit and shadow at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland. This bilateral exchange has goals of understanding radiology services in different health systems and of incorporating positive takeaways into future practice. The students will gain experience with radiology in an area with different cultures and languages. Additionally, they will observe cutting-edge equipment in a Siemens trial center hospital.

In July, Ewing and Winton visited Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi with faculty member, Wendy Ross, MS, RT(R)(CT). Additionally, Winton received a Carolina Global Initiative Award to support her travel. This visit is part of an established partnership that seeks to strengthen existing radiology services via education for clinicians and radiographers.

UNC Global Radiology, a chapter of RAD-AID International, aims to create a global radiology community through education, collaboration, and innovation. The UNC-Chapel Hill RAD-AID Chapter was founded in 2012 by the division and the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiology.

The division offers two global health opportunities for student technologists in Malawi and Switzerland. Global Student Ambassadors participate in learning opportunities that contribute within established partnerships for a sustainable impact and receive mentorship on best practices within global health pathways.

Inception-to-Date Snapshot of Global Health Travel (2013 – 2019)

28 total UNC student technologists with travel:

12 UNC student technologists to Malawi

12 UNC student technologists to Switzerland

4 UNC student technologists to the United Kingdom

17 total visitors to UNC:

12 Swiss student technologists to UNC

3 UK student radiographers to UNC

2 Malawian faculty to UNC