In early 2014, radiologists Dr Tom Hash and Dr Jessica Stewart of Duke University Medical Center traveled to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to participate in a teaching exchange with Dr Wedu Ndebele, Dr Mbongeni Ndlovu, Dr Jacob Dzvanga, Dr Danny Gandanhamo, Dr Mbakada, Dr Rudo Gwini, Dr Mark Dixon, and Dr Dawood Battey.
The program involved teaching staff from the teaching hospitals of Mpilo and UBH, medical students of the NUST School of Medicine, community physicians from ZIMA and Mater Dei Hospital, and chest physicians and community nurses from the Bulawayo Chest Hospital.
Encompassing aspects of plain film, MRI, CT, and ultrasound, the 10-day program consisted of over 20 conferences, lectures, and presentations.
An ongoing relationship is now in place, in which Bulawayo medical and surgical residents are uploading radiology studies and clinical cases of interest for Duke faculty to comment on. Cases are being shared between departments to enable ongoing teaching opportunities.
Thanks to Dr Ralph Corey, Dr Erik Paulsen, and Dr Charles M. Maxfield of Duke University Medical Center for their vision and pivotal role in supporting this partnership. We believe this initiative will serve as a platform for further academic interaction between teaching faculties in the United States, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.