The Global Health Track Radiology Mini-Fellowship is a unique pathway offered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in response to the exponentially growing interest. The program is a partnership with the Global Health Equities Residency Track (GHERT) at the University of Pennsylvania, an initiative designed to focus on the most basic determinants of health and disease. The goal of the mini-fellowship is to provide educational opportunities that will nurture and train health professionals who seek to address health disparities domestically and globally. The program promotes physician advocacy and service through working with local community and global partners to improve health care and medical education at partner sites and address the challenges of improving diagnostic radiology globally.
The Global Health Track Radiology Mini-Fellowship is structured as a four-month mini-fellowship during PGY-5 which includes structured introductory and longitudinal curricula and 6 weeks abroad at a program site in Botswana with an additional one month abroad during PGY-6. In preparation for global health work abroad, residents participate in an intensive one month long introductory course exploring contextual issues in global health and examining strategies used to address global health issues including health system integrity and healthcare financing in resource poor settings. Residents learn from experts in the field from academia, policy and community advocacy, providing a broad range of exposure to stakeholders in health. Radiology residents take part in field skills training in emergency ultrasound and echocardiography, which are the mainstay modalities abroad. Residents in the mini-fellowship will be involved in both community-based projects at local sites as well as abroad rotations.
In addition, residents interested in global health can participate in PennRADAR, a resident run global health radiology interest group and chapter of RAD-AID PennRADAR (Penn RADiology Aid and Relief) is a resident-led group at the University of Pennsylvania, formed for those interested in international radiology to gather and share information amongst one another. With global health interest continuing to surge every day, PennRADAR represents a community of radiology professionals which provides an arena to discuss global health outreach, increase involvement of residents, fellows and faculty in global health, and create educational opportunities through existing as well as new outreach partnerships. Additional information can be found at http://www.pennradar.com.