The University of Utah Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences offers our residents, faculty, and medical staff opportunities for international radiology outreach. Our mission is to expand the global impact of the University Department of Radiology and Individual Radiologists through education, service, training, and collaboration. Our projects are an effort to improve access to quality medical imaging and treatments for populations in need in lower income communities and developing countries.
Several of our radiologists have travelled to share expertise in other nations.
Read about some past experiences in our department: When Trainees Become Teachers.
Our department service projects offer direct radiology practices such as diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures which are difficult to obtain in many developing countries. Other projects include education and training along with the establishment of radiology practices in global areas without imaging services.
University of Utah Radiology Education Mission, September 2022.
Radiologists, Nurses, Radiology Technicians, and IT Support volunteer opportunities can be found on the RAD-AID website.
Global Health Elective
The primary goals of an international radiology rotation are to gain a perspective on global radiology as a vital aspect of public health and prepare residents for lifelong involvement in global health by increasing interpretative skills in basic radiology modalities and gain a better understanding of cost-conscious care. International rotations will also build medical knowledge through exposure to a variety of infectious, oncologic, gastrointestinal and other diseases seen more frequently or with different presentations in less industrialized countries. Residents will acquire experiential knowledge about the provision of radiologic care in a low income environment and demonstrate a logical and appropriate clinical approach to the care of patients, utilizing local resources.
The global health rotation is offered only to senior level radiology residents (PGY-4 or PGY-5) and will be required to have basic skills in plain film and sonography prior to participating in this rotation. Residents will be expected to build medical knowledge to a variety of related diseases and conditions in the area where they will be working and also be prepared with cultural awareness. The length of most rotations will be 2 weeks, inclusive of travel time, unless otherwise approved by the program director.
If interested in participating in a Global Health Elective, please contact the program director to discuss opportunities.
We are a chapter of RAD-AID International, providing opportunities to lead global initiatives. See our University of Utah RAD-AID webpage and the RAD-AID International website has many additional resources.
Help us with a financial donation
Not everyone can find the time to leave their training or practice to perform global health outreach, but you can also help immensely by contributing financially to enable another radiologist or trainee to travel. Please consider making a donation in any amount. Contact us about a donation.