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The Global Outreach Program’s Tanzania Interventional Radiology Program is providing a new model for global medical outreach. Tanzania’s main medical academic teaching center, the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, now offers a master’s of science (MSc) degree in interventional radiology (IR).
“This is a big change and a big deal because it’s a departure from most global outreach programs, which are usually a one-off,” said Minja, the director of Global Outreach for the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). “With training, people gain skills but not credentials. The two-year MSc provides visiting faculty with a set curriculum.”
From October 2018 to October 2019, 12 teams and 53 volunteers traveled to Tanzania in teams of three to five people on a two-week schedule to provide hands-on training to radiology residents, nurses and technologists.