Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mass General radiologist practices in Rwanda

Radiologist Dr.David Rosman at work in Rwanda

Radiologist Dr. David Rosman at work in Rwanda

As the international community recognizes the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, one of our department’s alumni is helping to build the country’s medical infrastructure. David Rosman, MD, an interventional radiologist in the Division of Abdominal and Interventional Radiology at Mass General, is currently on-leave and working in Rwanda.

What do you do in Rwanda?I am the sole American radiologist participating in a grant to create a radiology residency programs for the country of Rwanda, which I hope will begin next year. I am writing the curriculum and providing radiology education for medical students and residents. I also do clinical work, which is a significant component of every day as there are only six radiologists in this country of 11 million people.

What is the most exciting thing about your work?Working in an environment so radically different from home is the most exciting thing about being here. I learn as much as I teach.
What is the most challenging thing about your work?Culturally, there are different expectations within the medical field because of a history of being under-resourced. Perhaps the greatest challenge is to impart the belief that health and well-being are possible under the right circumstances

How do you think this experience will change how you practice radiology?Although I have tried never to take anything for granted, it is obviously difficult to know how good you have it until you see something else. I believe perspective makes us all stronger. Additionally, my knowledge of disease in developing nations has markedly increased and thus my abilities regarding infectious disease have as well.

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