Ways to Get Involved
There are numerous ways for trainees, faculty, nurses, and technologists from Yale and other institutions to get involved, including joining upcoming trips to provide hands-on IR training in Tanzania and partnering with Yale and RAD-AID to expand our global IR lecture sharing program. Please provide your information in the contact form to receive more details regarding upcoming trips and opportunities.
Trainee Participation in IR outreach trips
Yale radiology residents can participate in our effort to build an IR training program in Tanzania as part of their ACGME approved Global Radiology Elective during their fourth year of training and should apply directly to Dr. Frank Minja. Interested trainees from institutions outside Yale can join IR faculty from their own institution on trips.
Faculty Participation in IR outreach trips
IR faculty are the critical component for establishing an IR training program in Tanzania. Ideally, each IR faculty should be joined by an IR technologist, an IR nurse, and at least one IR trainee from their own institution. If this is not possible, attempts will be made to coordinate with trainees, technologists, and nurses from other programs.
Each two-week trip will focus on teaching a limited number of procedures, based on the RAD-AID IR curriculum for the resource limited setting. The teaching schedule is flexible and can be adapted according to faculty and trainee preference.
Proposed two-week schedule for IR faculty
||Airport Pick up
Orientation by hospital leadership & residents
MONDAY - FRIDAY Week 1
Morning rounds withdiscussion of planned procedures
||Travel to Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro or Serengeti
MONDAY - FRIDAY week 2
Morning rounds with discussion of planned procedures
Review of interesting cases
Discussion of progress, accomplishments & problems
Technologist and nurse participation in IR outreach trips
Integrated with the RAD-AID IR program and in close collaboration with the RAD-AID Tanzania program we offer opportunities for nurses and technologists to participate in establishing IR training for nurses and technologists in Tanzania. Technologists and nurses can either travel with trainees or IR faculty from their institution as detailed above or can apply independently. If you are a technologist or nurse with a background in IR and are interested to participate in any of the upcoming trips please fill out the contact form provided. You will then be registered with RAD-AID, which provides the backbone of this operation and can offer routes of funding if certain criteria are met.
Medical student participation in IR outreach trips
Medical students interested in global health and IR are welcome to apply for upcoming trips. When participating in IR outreach trips to Tanzania, medical students can assist with the ongoing assessment and evaluation of IR implementation in Tanzania, which will help guide expansion of the RAD-AID IR program to other sites. Furthermore, medical students can assist with planning and coordination of trips, requesting of donations and supplies, preparation of teaching materials, and website maintenance.
Participation in global IR lecture sharing program
Yale IR is partnering with RAD-AID and academic institutions from across the US to provide regular high-yield didactic IR lectures to our partner programs overseas. The goal is to provide at least one IR-lecture per week. Residents interested in IR in Tanzania and from other partner programs can follow these lectures live from their laptops or smartphones. If you are from a US institution and would like to participate in this effort please provide your information in the contact form, the more lectures we can provide the better. If you are at a program overseas with no access to IR lectures and would like to get access, please send a request via email (see contact information).
Creating elective opportunities for Tanzanian residents
While our IR outreach project is focused on training Tanzanian residents in Tanzania with help of visiting IR faculty, we believe that creating IR elective opportunities for Tanzanian residents in the US is important. IR electives can foster understanding of how a large scale IR department functions. By participating in interdisciplinary conferences, outpatient clinics, ward rounds, the consult service, and by observing a broad range of IR procedures the visiting trainee can gain better understanding of the full potential of IR and apply this knowledge when returning home as a trainee and future expert.
Creating research opportunities for Tanzanian residents
Research presents an opportunity to build lasting connections between trainees from different backgrounds and continents. Participation at international conferences provides a platform to meet peers from around the world, to establish connections, exchange opinions, share ideas, and to learn from each other. The Yale Radiology Research Lab offers opportunities for Tanzanian residents to live and work at Yale for 3-6 months. Our interventional oncology research group aspires to improve the detection, characterization, and treatment of neoplastic disease in the liver. This includes the full breadth of translational research in basic science, pre-clinical, and clinical activities. These research visits can be combined with clinical IR electives, allowing the visiting trainee to learn IR from bench-to-bedside. Institutions outside of Yale are encouraged to join this effort and provide similar research opportunities in IR for visiting trainees.