Radiology across Borders in Samoa

The National Health Service (N.H.S) hosted Radiology across Borders (R.A.B.) last week. 

The group is a not for profit organisation committed to assist developing nation in the discipline of Radiology, through education and teaching of local clinicians and health workers in this field, and in the process make the practice of medicine easier to perform, which they believe translates into improved patient outcomes.

This is the second time Radiology across Borders have come to Samoa.

This year, they brought with them two consultant radiologists, Dr. Emmeline Lee and Dr. Trina Whittaker from Perth Australia and Obstetrician Gynaecologist Dr. Glen Mcnally  from Sydney Australia and Dr. Roshi Kamyab, breast surgeon also from Perth Australia. 

This year teaching was around obstetrics and gynaecology discussing ultrasound scanning through different trimesters and in emergency situations as well as breast imaging for various breast conditions. Having clinicians as well as radiologists made it easier for those attending the lectures to understand the imaging techniques discussed and how they assisted with clinical scenarios.

Dr. Glen Fatupaito of the radiology unit at N.H.S facilitated R.A.B’s two days of teaching here in Samoa and most of their staff were able to participate. 

The faculty of Medicine of N.U.S also supported this visit and all clinical students attended this teaching initiative. The two days were also supported by the private sector with members from Upolu and Savai’i participating. 

The Associate Minister of Health, Salausa Dr. John Ah Ching was also in attendance and made the final thank you speech at the end of their teaching session.

The team were able to have a tour of the N.H.S to look at resources available in Samoa as well as a tour of the National kidney Foundation of Samoa and the Faculty of Medicine facilities.

They spent time with Dr. Malama Tafuna’i of the faculty discussing opportunities to develop a postgraduate training program for radiology in Samoa as well as continued support of the undergraduate medical program at the National University of Samoa.

This relationship between Samoa and R.A.B is sure to strengthen and they are expected to visit again and annually. 

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