RAD-AID began working in China in July 2010, in collaboration with Project HOPE, on RAD-AID’s Radiology-Readiness Initiative. The institutions involved in this project include Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Renji Hospital, Affiliated Hospital of Ningxia Medical University in Yinchuan, Tang Qiao Community Health Center in Shanghai, and First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University. From this initial assessment, RAD-AID teams found that educational exchange in areas of radiology and radiation oncology are significant areas of need.
In 2014, RAD-AID and the ASRT Foundation began collaborating to offer funded opportunities to support radiation therapists interested in serving in China. These efforts comprise the RAD-AID Cancer Imaging and Treatment Program, focusing on Yinchuan, China at Affiliated Hospital of Ningxia Medical University, where RAD-AID worked in 2010 and sent a delegation to work and teach in May 2014.
During 2015 and 2016, RAD-AID completed additional visits to China to participate in joint symposiums with Affiliated Hospital of Ningxia Medical University in Yinchuan. The meetings featured radiation oncology educational sessions for regional providers.
History of the Program
RAD-AID presented in Beijing at the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology, August 29-31, 2013. In conjunction with other world radiology, medical, business, and policy leaders, this forum will enable RAD-AID to continue its work in research and educational outreach between China and the United States.
RAD-AID’s management team first visited China in July 2010 in collaboration with Project HOPE on RAD-AID’s Radiology-Readiness Initiative. The institutions involved in this project include Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Renji Hospital, Affiliated Hospital of Ningxia Medical University in Yinchuan, Tang Qiao Community Health Center in Shanghai, and First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University. Ongoing projects include global partnerships in education and research collaborations.
In the Spring of 2011, RAD-AID announced the first in a series of new programs based on the initial work of RAD-AID and Project HOPE in China: RAD-AID and Project HOPE – International Radiology Faculty Lecture Program, sponsored by Philips Healthcare. This program is based on the Radiology Readiness Initiative of 2010, which found that Chinese radiologists and technologists unanimously requested support to foster dialogue and collaboration, and indicated that the highest impact can be achieved by providing an opportunity for U.S.-American academic faculty to attend and speak at national Chinese subspecialty meetings.
The first faculty selected as part of this program: Dr. Charles Maxfield from Duke University and Dr. Doris Lin from Johns Hopkins. Both faculty had the opportunity to speak at the Chinese Society of Radiology Pediatric Imaging meeting in Changsha China March 17, 18th.
The faculty selected for the second meeting in the RAD-AID and Project HOPE – International Radiology Faculty Lecture Program: Jeff Petrella MD from Duke University and Haris Sair MD from Johns Hopkins. They both spoke at the 18th Chinese Congress of Radiology Annual Meeting of Chinese Society of Radiology October 13-17, 2011, Zhengzhou, Henan, China.
The third meeting in the RAD-AID and Project HOPE – International Radiology Faculty Lecture Program took place at the Chinese Congress of Radiology general meeting Chengdu China, October 11-17th 2012. Frank Lexa MD, MBA Vice-Chair Drexel University, Professor, Wharton Business School, and Daniel Boll MD, Associate Professor, Duke University. Dr. Lexa was the first American radiology faculty to give the keynote address for the CCR in 2012. In addition, this meeting was the first to provide opportunity for the faculty to deliver hands-on educational content for a dedicated training meeting on advanced MRI, CT, and clinical neuroradiology with Chinese radiologists from around the country.