Department of Radiology

Global Health Track Mini-Fellowship

The Global Health Track Mini-Fellowship is a unique pathway offered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania designed to promote physician advocacy and service to global health through collaborations with the local community and our global partners. In conjunction with the Global Health Equities Residency Track at Penn Medicine, this mini-fellowship provides educational opportunities that nurture and train health professionals to address health disparities on both a domestic and global level.

The track is structured as a 4.5-month mini-fellowship that begins in PGY-5 and extends to PGY-6 during radiology fellowship. The mini-fellowship includes an opportunity to travel abroad to Botswana for six weeks during PGY-5 and for an additional month during PGY-6. This longitudinal experience at a main public hospital in Botswana enables trainees to build a sustainable healthcare model and provide direct clinical care of patients on an international level. Specifically, trainees of the global health track work to optimize radiology services for the public in a developing country. In preparation for global health work abroad, trainees participate in an intensive five-week long course exploring contextual issues in global health and examining strategies used to address global health issues. This course also includes essential field skills training in emergency ultrasound and echocardiography. Trainees in the mini-fellowship also serve in a community-based continuity clinic project for two weeks. This hands-on experience helps bring radiology services to an underserved population within the local community.

Throughout the global health mini-fellowship, there are lecture series, potluck meals, and journal clubs where trainees can interact with experts in the fields of health equity, share ideas with one another, and expand one's knowledge in global health. Radiology residents who are not able to participate in the entire 4.5-month program have the option to just complete a travel abroad rotation at Botswana or attend several weeks of the track's introductory course work to global health. In addition, all residents with an interest in global health are welcome to join in on the potluck meals and journal clubs offered through the mini-fellowship and organized by the radiology residents' Global Health Interest Group.

Botswana – UPENN Partnership (BUP)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sung Kim

Botswana – UPENN Partnership  (BUP)  Global health advisor Sung Kim, with Penn radiology residents, joined by Botswana residents

The Botswana-UPENN Partnership (BUP) is a unique collaboration between the University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania to improve healthcare in Botswana. Penn Radiology residents have the unique opportunity during their fourth year to practice and teach radiology at the Princess Marina Hospital and University of Botswana, working with local faculty members from different specialties including general medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, oncology and surgery.

This 4 to 5-week global health elective includes:

  • Reading unique and interesting radiology cases
  • Hands-on bedside ultrasound
  • Image review during bedside rounding / morning report / clinic
  • Lecturing to medical students / residents / technologists / clinical faculty

Botswana is a beautiful country with a large and supportive BUP community.

Reviewing and writing reports at the light box
Reviewing and writing reports at the light box.
Lecturing to medical students at the University of Botswana
Lecturing to medical students at the University of Botswana.
Practicing and teaching bedside cranial ultrasound.
Practicing and teaching bedside cranial ultrasound.
Weekend getaway in Cape Town.
Weekend getaway in Cape Town.


Global Health Interest Group

The Penn Radiology Residency Program has its own Global Health Interest Group which meets on a regular basis to discuss and provide feedback on the radiology residents’ various global health endeavors. This Global Health Interest Group also helps coordinate radiology-specific international journal clubs, including a semi-annual web-based joint journal club session with Nepali radiology residents from the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. These joint journal club sessions with the Nepali radiology residency serve to promote understanding and appreciation of both programs’ distinct radiology practices, workflows, and case mixes.

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