Improving World Radiology Care

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Howard B. Fleishon, MD

This post is contributed by Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR, chair of the ACR Foundation Executive Committee

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is not only the Voice of Radiology on Capitol Hill, in state houses nationwide and with private insurance carriers. The College is expanding its international impact, helping to improve global health care by providing educational resources and support to radiologists in many corners of the world.

For example,  the ACR Education Center will hold a series of imaging “boot camps” and workshops across the Middle East – starting in May in Saudi Arabia .

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Just this week a contingent of 15 full-time faculty radiologists from the ChineseAssociation of Radiology arrived to take the radiologic pathology course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP). This is the first such large international delegation to enroll in the four-week course.  They will also attend ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®.

Through its International Outreach Program, the ACR Foundation is also helping to rebuild Mercy Hospital in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, following the devastating earthquake that leveled much of that country in years passed.

And the ACR Foundation continues to recognize individuals and organizations making a difference in the developing world through its Global Humanitarian Awards. This year’s recipients will be announced during ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®.

Rest assured, your voice is advocating for patients you may never meet in places you may ACRIVSmap166never go.

However, if you would like to get directly involved, I urge you to check out the International Outreach Program and see how you might make an impact on global radiology care.

Do you know radiologists (or groups) who are improving access to quality radiological services in low-income to middle-income countries? Please share in the comments section below.

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