The Initiative is in the process of training Tanzanian radiologists in the subspecialty of Interventional Radiology. The first class of fellows will be graduating soon . The process is to send a team of an IR physician , nurse and technologist to Dar es Salaam for two weeks each month for intense teaching and performing of appropriate procedures.
Tanzania has a population of about 60 million residents . The country trains its own diagnostic radiologists but until recently no interventional radiologists. With the level of overall care becoming more sophisticated there is need for interventional services .
Training of local physicians/ radiologists in the subspecialty of interventional radiology. Eventually this will become a self sustaining process.
The Road2IR program is tasked with training interventional radiologists in country at Muhimbili University in Dar es Salaam Tanzania . The program has been in existence for three years and just graduated its first class . Two of the graduates will be staying on at Muhimbili and one returning to Rawanda to start the first IR program.
The group of physicians , nurses and technologists in mid September was involved in clinical care, teaching as well as the administration of written and oral boards to the senior fellows. All three graduates will receive a masters degree in Interventional Radiology from Muhimbili University of Allied Health Sciences.