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      iror 1Educational efforts in radiology reach out from many different organizations to provide much-needed training and education across the globe. Yet, many of these resources go untapped because they are not well-known outside of the individual organizations providing them. IROR’s goal is to integrate information about international education and outreach efforts by the RSNA, ACR and subspecialty societies, as well as other medical and relief agencies. 

      Kristen K. DeStigter, MD
      Chair, RSNA Committee on Radiology Education


      International Radiology-related Programs

      The following links include information on radiology-related programs that impact developing or newly developed countries.

      Image Wisely Image Wisely is an initiative of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures. Image Wisely offers resources and information to radiologists, medical physicists, other imaging practitioners and patients.
      Image Gently The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging - the Image Gently Alliance- is a coalition of health care organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging worldwide. The primary objective of the Alliance is to raise awareness in the imaging community of the need to adjust radiation dose when imaging children. The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to change practice.
      RSNA International Visiting Professor Program This program supports small teams of visiting professors to lecture at national radiology society meetings of developing nations, as well as at selected host institutions with radiology residency training programs.
      RSNA International Visiting Professor Program This program supports small teams of visiting professors to lecture at national radiology society meetings of developing nations, as well as at selected host institutions with radiology residency training programs.
      RSNA Derek Harwood-Nash International Fellowship This 6-12 week fellowship is targeted to international scholars 3-10 years out of training, who are embarking on a career in academic radiology and who demonstrate that their specific educational goals can be met most appropriately by a course of study in a North American institution.
      RSNA Introduction to Research for International Young Academics Developed to encourage young radiologists outside of the USA and Canada to pursue careers in academic radiology, this program is targeted to residents, fellows, and radiologists up to two years beyond training.
      RSNA Education Materials and Journal Award Program Radiology teaching institutions, including medical libraries, in developing nations are able to apply for materials from the RSNA Education Resources Catalog and/or free subscriptions to the RSNA journals.
      RSNA R&E Foundation: International Grants RSNA R&E Foundation Research Seed Grant, Education Scholar Grant and RSNA/AUR/APDR/SCARD Radiology Education Research Development Grant: Applications are accepted from individuals throughout the world. Please visit the RSNA R&E Foundation web page for eligibility criteria and application deadline dates.
      The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) AAPM is an international organization providing a variety of programs and resources for medical physicists, students, and related medical and scientific professionals throughout the world. Qualified medical physicists from developing countries can join AAPM as Developing Country Educational Associates (DCEA) at no cost. AAPM offers a large collection of resources, including the International Scientific Exchange Program (ISEP) short courses, the Partners in Physics Program and the Exchange Scientist Program.
      The International Society of Radiology (ISR) ISR hosts an International Virtual Congress of Radiology that brings radiologists of the world together through electronic communication with instantaneous transmission of images. The Congress will present a large venue, from progress in everyday practice, advances in molecular imaging, to the latest advances in image-guided interventions.
      International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) ISRRT is the only society representing radiographers and medical radiation therapists from around the world and is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). ISRRT holds world congresses every two years. Information on the congresses as well as other associated programs can be accessed from its website.
      The National Cancer Institute (NCI) NCI provides information regarding international funding opportunities. NCI Coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
      The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) RCR offers various awards and traveling fellowships, such as the Rohan Williams Travelling Professor Fellowship, as well as the Sir Howard Middlemass Travelling Professorship. In addition, the RCR provides information regarding running exams in overseas centers.
      Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Provides a teleradiology interface between hospitals within developing nations and the SPR about interesting cases, contributes to developing countries' academic institutions through books, CDs or DVDs, and assists those seeking temporary teaching positions in developing nations.
      Radiology Mammography International (RMI) Radiology Mammography International is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mammography and breast cancer education needs of developing and underserved regions all around the world through technical assistance, donations, and hands-on training. 


      Teaching Resources

      Albert Einstein Medical Center: Radiology teaching resources and tutorials, cases aimed at medical students and radiology residents-in-training with a very good section for students.

      Avances en Diagnóstico por Imágenes (Spanish): A CIR publication and the only monographic book series on Imaging in Spanish. Each volume has one or two guest editors and leading professionals in the region. 

      CT Is Us: A website created and maintained by The Advanced Medical Imaging Laboratory (AMIL) of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Medical imaging with a focus on spiral CT and 3D imaging is featured.

      Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota (FSFB) and the Center for Interactive Digital Education in Radiology (CIDER): These organizations joined together to provide teaching tools to aid in the understanding of pulmonary radiology for the medical community-at-large, focusing in particular on the needs of junior members-in-training. Visit the website, updated monthly.

      Harvard University: Links to articles from the Open Courseware initiative at Harvard University.

      International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): Provides free online radiation protection training material in the areas of diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and prevention of accidental exposure in radiotherapy.

      International Radiology Exchange: This non-profit organization in Boston, Massachusetts was formed by radiologists and internal medicine physicians to assist overseas non-profit medical organizations and physicians in the areas of image interpretation, consulting and education.

      International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN): Formed in 2002 by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology (RANCZR), this website promotes quality in radiology through collaboration, mutual assistance, and experience sharing. 

      International Society of Radiology (ISR) GO RAD (Global Outreach-Radiology): Launched in August, 2009, this website provides free access to a growing collection of current and practical radiology articles from some of the world's most prestigious radiology journals.

      International Society of Radiology (ISR): ISR has developed a new E-learning course, free of charge, that is divided into three modules: teaching and learning in environments related to medicine, web-based learning, and tools used in e-learning.    

      McGill University, Canada: Offers general radiology and case discussion Vodcasts, along with opportunities for subspecialty quizzes.

      Medical Imaging Partnership: A non-profit organization engaged in promoting better health through imaging by providing medical imaging equipment, training and education in medical diagnostic imaging to all developing countries around the world.

      Med Pix™: Medical Imaging Database containing peer reviewed radiology teaching files, an imaging atlas and online seminars.

      MyPacs.net: A free service provided to the international community, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health for training and decision support.

      RadiologyEducation.com: A digital library which provides free access to many radiology educational resources.

      Radiology Mammography International: Dedicated to supporting the mammography and breast cancer education needs of developing and underserved regions all over the world through technical assistance, donations and hands-on training.

      radRounds: Based on the time-honored tradition of "Radiology Rounds," a tool for radiology education and collaboration for radiologists and medical imaging professionals.

      SonoWorld: A portal to a wide array of ultrasound resource materials, including articles, lectures and cases.

      Sprawls Educational Foundation: The programs of the SEF provide educational resources and materials to improve the quality of education, primarily in the developing countries. However, the Open Online Resources are available to all institutions, instructors, and students.

      University of California, San Diego: Dr John Hesselink has developed an on-line neuroradiology tutorial featuring case studies.

      University of Virginia: Online teaching resource intended for residents of radiology.

      World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI): TB Corner, with new open access articles added every two months.

      XRayPhysics: Designed for radiologists to gain a better understanding of radiology physics through interactive simulations and animations. Focus is on practical physics, or concepts that actually impact radiation exposure and image quality

      Other Resources

      American Red Cross

      Asia Foundation provides books and resources to students and educators through generous contributions of publishers and private donors.

      Doctors Without Borders

      Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) 

      FAIMER: Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research

      Health Volunteers Overseas


      Imaging the World provides diagnostic imaging to patients in rural communities around the world.

      International Book Project promotes education and literacy by sending quality used books overseas.

      International Medical Equipment Collaborative

      International Union of Interventional Radiologists (IUOIR)

      Medical Knowledge Institute

      RAD-AID International

      Radiology International Student Education Platform (RISE) A virtual platform which can be utilized by trainers and trainees to teach and learn radiology. This is funded by RSNA Education scholar grant.

      Radiology Outreach Foundation

      US AID – AMPATH is a comprehensive initiative to provide training to combat HIV in Kenya and in the United States.

      World Health Organization

      Yottalook is free radiology-centric medical imaging search engine for references, teaching files and peer-reviewed images.

      Non-US Radiological Societies 

      To submit information about a radiology outreach program or activity to this website, please email CIRE@rsna.org.