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

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 methodology focuses on building human capacity to reduce health access disparities and emphasizes supporting local economies, which fosters a sustainable environment for clinical education.

UNC Global Radiology – Bibliography

Currently, we support established, longitudinal programs with RAD-AID International:

  • In Nairobi, Kenya, we have partnered with the University of Nairobi to establish an interventional radiology (IR) fellowship – the nation’s first. UNC IR faculty and staff provide education (hands-on, simulation, and didactic) for Kenyan radiologists, technologists, and nurses. During 2020, the IR fellowship received approval, and the application period is open for the first Kenyan IR trainees.
  • In Lilongwe, Malawi, we are supporting a Malawian physician to complete radiology residency in South Africa and a Malawian radiographer to obtain an ultrasound degree in Uganda. Both will return to work in Malawi, which will increase local expertise and capacity. Additionally, we provide education (didactic and hands-on) to increase the ultrasound skills of the imaging technologists with intent to certify. Finally, we work with other departments at UNC and at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) to promote and to educate about relevant imaging appropriateness criteria at KCH.
  • In North Carolina, we participate with the RAD-AID USA Committee to assess health access barriers for under-represented minorities and to develop health care models and clinical workflows that deliver improved medical care to under-served populations.

 

UNC faculty and staff at Kamuzu Central Hospital

 

RAD-AID Kenya, UNC Global Radiology, and University of Nairobi leadership in Kenya

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.
  • Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, FACR, FSIR is the Division Chief of Breast Imaging and a Professor of Radiology. She participates with the RAD-AID USA Committee.
  • 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.

Resources for Involvement

 

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

  • We 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.
  • We helped write 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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