Projects identified by Mr. Brad Short, ACR, Dorothy Bulas, WFPI, and Rebecca Stein-Wexler, WFPI
Eva Rubio MD teaching in Port-au-Prince, March 2013
The ACR has partnered with Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and sponsors annual radiology education days.
Drs. Dorothy Bulas (program co-chair, image left)), Jennifer Nicholas and Kimberly Applegate (SPR) participated in the 3rd ACR/ICC Radiology Education Days Conference on 24-25 March 2014, providing eight outstanding didactic lectures on different aspects of pediatric imaging and a hands-on ultrasound program featuring pediatric patients from nearby University General Hospital and Grace Children’s Hospital. The session was attended by a capacity crowd of 100 Haitian physicians.
The days ran in parallel with the Chicago Haiti Health Consortium/ICC Education Symposium; the pediatric radiology concepts presented at the ACR/ICC conference on Day 1 synthesized with the clinical information presented at the Symposium on the subsequent days. On Day 2, NICU chest radiographs served as radiology cases, dovetailing beautifully with a talk by Dr. Christine Sajous, a neonatologist from Loyola University in Chicago. On Day 3, pediatric neuroradiology cases (both ultrasound and CT) were presented to enthusiastic - and accurate - participants. The synergy between the conferences was excellent and suggests great opportunity to combine forces moving forward.(Image R: Dr. Kimberly Applegate demonstrating US techniques)
During her visit, Dr. Jennifer Nicholas (lecturing, image left) met some 150 healthcare providers looking to enrol in her nascent online learning community "Pediatrics Global Health" (WFPI hopes to link in to the content of this site). The enrolment process provides further opportunities to learn about individual educational interests and needs.
When ACR first went to Haiti in 2011, 19 radiologists were serving a population of over 10 million. Today, we are pleased to report that 10 radiology residents are currently in training at the University General Hospital. If they matriculate successfully and stay in Haiti, radiologist numbers will have increased by 50%. While in Haiti, ACR met with the leaders of the hospital and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assist these residents in their training as they prepare for a new hospital with greater diagnostic radiology capability.
Furthermore, ACR also met with the Medical School of Haiti to assist in the formal development of a four-year radiographer program, echoing WFPI’s own drive to involve and support radiographers in its outreach and education work. They are pivotal to imaging outreach and education initiatives in lower resource settings, and WFPI applauds the inclusion of a 2 day radiographer program in these 3rd Annual Radiology Days.
All attendees received a jump drive of all translated presentations. See here for a blog staff developed during the trip. Video and links to the presentations to follow soon.
The conference could not have succeeded without the coordinated efforts of representatives from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the Society or Radiologists in Ultrasound, Sonosite, GE, ICC/Grace Children’s Hospital as well as WFPI.
Our thanks to ACR and Grace Children's Hospital for the flawless planning and roll out of these courses.
The ACR-WFPI team 2014 included Drs. Dorothy Bulas, Jennifer Nicholas and Kimberly Applegate
ACRF International Outreach newsletter May 2014
The ACR-WFPI 2013 team included Drs. Ron Cohen, Marthe Munden, Jennifer Nicholas, Eva Rubio and Rebecca Stein-Wexler`
March 2013: how it went
Click here for teaching trip reports, March & November 2013
Click here for video, ACR-WFPI Radiology Days, March 2013
Click here for program, ACR-WFPI Radiology Days, March 2013
Rebecca Stein-Wexler during her 2nd teaching trip to Haiti in 2013, undertaken on behalf of UCLA Davis