Tuesday 19 January 2021
Behind The Scenes With The International Certificate Of Radiology Fundamentals
Report by: Sam Hunnisett
Commencing early 2021 with the first batch of 50 international students ready to start, this massive project by Radiology Across Borders has had many generous people helping to make it a reality! From here in Australia to New Zealand and all the way from Canada, we have had tremendous support to develop this Certificate to provide radiology education to medical professionals who otherwise would not recieve it.
From The University of British Columbia, two tech savy medical students have been an invaluable support to our team, recently sharing with us why they got involved...
At UBC we are fortunate to access class time to join research projects. During my search for a project for this year I came across Dr Peter Tonseth’s proposal for the ICRF program. I have always been interested in Radiology and medical education, and I thought this program offered an opportunity to expand my radiology knowledge as well as to enable me a behind-scenes view of online education. As COVID-19 has forced a lot of my own medical curriculum online, it has been very insightful to be a part of developing an online program mirroring my own experience. I feel privileged to be able to join the RAB Certificate team. The work performed by RAB is of vital importance in developing countries and it is humbling to be included in such a worthwhile project.
Currently I am collaborating with our Certificate Team on fine tuning the Moodle Platform, and providing feedback, to ensure that our platform is user-friendly for all students. I also help in the creation of online marketing material and in editing the site when problems arise, I also provide assistance with any random tasks that require attention. Later this year Katie and I, along with the rest of the team, will be supporting the first batch of students by ensuring their on-line learning experience runs smoothly.
I am grateful that as a medical student I can contribute to a project that will improve the health and wellness of patients on a global scale. It’s gratifying to work with such a determined and hardworking team. I am grateful for this opportunity to contribute to this important RAB initiative.
This summer I was searching for a meaningful way to contribute my time and skills in a project that would allow me to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. I came across the RAB project through UBC and Dr Pete Tonseth. I am very interested in global health, an interest which started me on my path towards medicine. This project has provided me an opportunity to engage in global health work at a time when this is very difficult to do.
I am lucky that my medical school curriculum encourages and provides time for involvement in projects such as this as I’ve been able to devote many hours to troubleshooting, editing and updating the learning platform. I’m very excited for when the program begins, and I’ll be able to assist in providing an engaging and user-friendly experience for the students.
I thoroughly enjoy supporting this project, working with a great team of contributors on this important initiative. This certificate program is carefully planned and designed to meet the learning needs of medical providers across the globe. I am proud to be able to take part in this work.