UNC Global Radiology, a RAD-AID Chapter

Creating a global radiology community through education, collaboration, and innovation

UNC teaching IR at the University of Nairobi, Kenya

The UNC Department of Radiology is part of the rich tradition of teaching, outreach, and clinical excellence in the School of Medicine’s global health community. Global health, including radiology, addresses issues that transcend national boundaries, places emphasis on solutions that require global cooperation, considers impact on individuals and population, promotes health equity with multidisciplinary innovation.1

To this end, UNC Global Radiology, a RAD-AID Chapter, was founded in 2012 by the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Radiologic Science and the Department of Radiology. Our goal is to promote infrastructure development to strengthen local economies and supply chain; thereby, fostering a sustainable environment for clinical education initiatives.

Currently, UNC Global Radiology supports established, longitudinal programs with RAD-AID International in Kenya and in Malawi:

  • Based on IR Readiness, RAD-AID Kenya goals at the University of Nairobi include: 1) working with local radiologists to establish an IR Fellowship with education for physicians, technologists, and nurses and 2) establishing a bilateral observership exchange.
  • Based on Radiology Readiness, RAD-AID Malawi goals at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe include: 1) formal education for local healthcare professionals and 2) strengthening existing radiology services via education for clinicians and radiographers.

 

UNC faculty and staff at Kamuzu Central Hospital

 

UNC Global Radiology, a RAD-AID Chapter, Faculty Advisors

  • Melissa Culp, MEd, RT(R)(MR) is the Director of UNC Global Radiology and a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology. Additionally, she is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RAD-AID International.
  • Robert G. Dixon, MD, FSIR is the faculty lead for Kenya initiatives, the Interventional Radiology Program Director, and a Clinical Professor of Radiology. He serves as Program Manager of RAD-AID Kenya.
  • Katrina McGinty, MD is the faculty lead for Malawi initiatives and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology. She is a radiologist volunteer with RAD-AID Malawi.
RAD-AID Kenya, UNC Global Radiology, and University of Nairobi leadership in Kenya

Resources for Involvement

UNC Global Radiology – Bibliography

Radiographers and health professionals with scrubs, eye protection, and masks purchased with UNC Radiology global health PPE grant

UNC Global Radiology, a RAD-AID Chapter, COVID-19 Response

  • UNC Global Radiology and RAD-AID Kenya leadership and volunteers continue to support IR curriculum with weekly RAD-AID IR Program webinars. Additionally, University of Nairobi faculty and residents are participating with UNC Department of Radiology case conferences. In July 2020, a joint educational day web conference will be hosted with the Kenyan Association of Radiology.
  • UNC Global Radiology and RAD-AID Malawi leadership and volunteers wrote a four-part COVID-19 lecture series tailored specifically for our colleagues in Lilongwe. Also, the team sent funds so that PPE, bleach, and soap could be purchased locally for our radiology colleagues at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
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1Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet 2009; 373:1993-5.