Developing Diagnostic Radiology Training in Low Resource Countries

David A. Rosman, Judith Bamporiki, Rebecca Stein-Wexler, Robert D. Harris

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Purpose of Review: As interest in global health increases, so does interest in supporting primary care clinicians with global radiology. Concomitant with this are opportunities for radiologists to participate in global health. In this paper we review the types of opportunities available and make recommendations for expanding the global radiology workforce in an ethical and sustainable manner. Recent Findings: We review the literature to evaluate capabilities and opportunities. There are too few radiologists in resource-poor countries, and there are also too few training programs. As in many other specialties, most radiology global outreach programs are not set up to provide sufficient longevity and create sustainability. We describe how features of a radiology residency that we helped design in Rwanda will lead to a successful, long-term educational program. Summary: In this paper we note the growing interest in and need for global imaging along with the insufficient number of radiologists and radiology training programs in resource-limited countries. We make recommendations for and describe a model of ethical radiology educational outreach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number27
JournalCurrent Radiology Reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


  • Global radiology
  • Low resource countries
  • Radiology electives
  • Rwanda
  • Training programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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