Both domestically and around the globe, radiology serves as a vital component of patient care. But the World Health Organization reports that two-thirds of the world's population have little to no access to these life-saving medical services. This disparity contributes to inadequate health care among underprivileged populations especially in women's health care, infectious disease, cancer, heart disease and trauma cases where radiology often means the difference between survival and death.
Radiologic technologists are critical to solving this problem. High quality, effective, and safe medical imaging requires highly skilled, compassionate imaging professionals. Share your time and talent by joining a multidisciplinary radiology team that volunteers abroad, by working locally in underserved communities or by financial supporting programs like the ones below.
R.T. Fellowship Program and China Outreach ProjectRAD-AID International and the ASRT Foundation jointly provide opportunities for R.T.s to assist with international initiatives that improve access to quality medical imaging and radiation therapy for populations in need. Participants in this program become part of a multidisciplinary medical team providing patient care services, education for the local health care personnel, and/or information on equipment, positioning and patient safety. Current projects include Haiti, Latin America, India, China, and Africa.
Participants in this program receive funding for travel and related costs; guidance on international travel, safety and cross-cultural etiquette; collaboration with RAD-AID team members to publish your experiences in a scholarly journal; and opportunities to present your work at conferences. To learn more about the program for medical imaging technologists, visit the RAD-AID ASRT Foundation R.T. Fellowship Program for Developing Countries.
If you are a radiation therapist please visit the China Cancer Imaging and Treatment Initiatve page for more information on current opportunities and the application.
Share Your StoryIf you have traveled overseas to provide volunteer medical relief services and would like to share your story, we have an opportunity for you! The ASRT is looking for personal stories from overseas volunteers for our upcoming Medical Relief Readiness educational series. Medical Relief Readiness covers necessary skills for overseas volunteering including preparation, organization, tropical medicine, cultural acclimation, communication and team-building.
To be a part of this educational experience, please call us at 1-800-444-2778, Ext. 1352. A recorded message will prompt you to leave your story with us. You can also visit this page to see a list of story prompt questions.
Partnership for HaitiThe ACR and the ASRT Foundation collaborate to produce Radiology Education Days, a series of educational lectures and hands-on medical imaging training sessions for local health care providers in Haiti. This year we sent two ASRT members to volunteer alongside medical imaging personnel at Grace Children's Hospital in Port-Au-Prince.
Our common goal is to build lasting relationships with the local medical community and continue sending volunteers to help rebuild the radiology infrastructure in this still recovering country. Donations to support these efforts can be made online.
World Congress Travel Support FundAs one of only four international funders of the 2012 World Congress Travel Support Fund, an initiative of the ISRRT administered by CAMRT, the ASRT Foundation helped more than 20 radiologic technologists attend the 2012 ISRRT World Congress in Toronto.
These R.T.s represented 10 lower- and middle-income countries who otherwise would not have had access to learn from leaders in medical imaging and radiation therapy, get answers to their practice questions and see state-of-the-art equipment. To support more programs like this one, please donate now.
Volunteer Abroad ResourcesWhether it’s your first time traveling abroad or you consider yourself an expert, there are many things to consider before entering a new culture or even revisiting a familiar one. Our Volunteer Abroad Resources page provides links to many useful websites, where you can find information ranging from the latest travel alerts to tips for coping with reverse culture shock.
RAD-AID Annual ConferenceOn October 27, 2012, RAD-AID held its fourth annual conference on radiology for developing countries. This year’s meeting brought more than 100 radiology professionals and organization representatives together to share project successes and lessons learned, as well as solicit support and feedback on upcoming international outreach initiatives.
ASRT Foundation Director, Phelosha Collaros, and Chief Governance and Delegate Officer, Liana Watson, gave a presentation that outlined the scope of the new RAD-AID ASRT Foundation fellowship program for radiologic technologists. Download a copy of their PowerPoint presentation now.