Dr. Eklund's Story

I have been very fortunate to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for three consecutive years during my training at Emory as part of the Global Health Initiative within the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. This opportunity has contributed immensely to my education, specifically with respect to better understanding health care systems, resource utilization, and differences in spectrum of disease across nations. I also had many teaching opportunities through the program in giving didactic lectures at Addis Ababa University (AAU) and serving as a consultant on the clinical wards, in the emergency room, and in the Radiology reading room.

Some of the projects we have worked on in conjunction with the radiologists at AAU include establishment of CT-guided biopsy services and setting up protocols for a new 128-slice CT scanner and 1.5-Tesla MRI, which are expected to be installed in the Department in the near future. In the coming months and years, we hope to expand interventional services and optimize protocols for the new equipment. Tremendous growth has occurred within the Radiology Department at AAU in the past three years, and I am excited to see how the environment continues to evolve moving forward.

Poster: Introduction of CT-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration to a Resource-Limited International Radiology Department

Dates of travel:

March 3-30, 2012: 4 weeks

March 9-22 2013: 2 weeks

March 24-April4, 2014: 2 weeks