By forming a RAD-AID Chapter, your chapter organization is able to:
- Have your own web page on https://rad-aid.org so that you can
- Post a biography of your chapter
- Describe your chapter’s projects and goals
- Make announcements to chapter participants
- Show progress of your chapter leaders and members.
- Use links to your web pages for outreach to partner institutions in the developing world
- Access to RAD-AID chapter exclusives inside the RAD-AID website–like previous chapter webinars and the ability to network with other chapters for potential collaboration.
- Apply for RAD-AID grants.
- Apply for outside foundation grants with RAD-AID’s help using RAD-AID’s 501c3 nonprofit status (often a requirement for international service grants)
- Participate in RAD-AID-affiliated health institutions’ radiology services abroad.
- Participate in RAD-AID research projects and conferences.
- Network with other radiology programs in your region to coordinate efforts on local projects as well as international RAD-AID outreach missions.
- Receive formal recognition for your international work, with scalability and sustainability to grow and maintain your projects.
- Develop your own projects or contribute to an existing RAD-AID project.
- Work with other RAD-AID Chapters to collaborate in the formation or operation of an international program.
- Access to the RAD-AID Learning Center so that your in-country partners can be supported by continuing education content to supplement on-site outreach.
Web Site Tools for Operating Your Chapter
At https://rad-aid.org, space will be provided to your chapter for placing photos and text about your chapter so that other universities and health institutions can learn about your work.
RAD-AID will provide the on-line server space and access, so any training in how to utilize the chapter webpage is brief and relatively intuitive. However, if the above annual chapter renewal process is not completed in a timely fashion, the chapter will potentially face probation in which the chapter web page may be removed from RAD-AID’s official website until the chapter is reactivated. RAD-AID reserves the right to edit some content on the chapter organizations to ensure consistencies of web design and mission objectives.
Tips for Starting and Managing your Chapter
- Email residents, technologists, students and staff in your institution introducing RAD-AID and explain why this activity is important. Outline goals related to organizing an institutional RAD-AID chapter and share a link to rad-aid.org.
- If you are a resident, medical student, nurse, technologist, or other health care specialist, find a faculty advisor within your department whom you believe will be interested in integrating radiology services with international outreach projects to help local and international underserved populations. Attending physicians in your department may help you raise funds and gain support from your department for implementing projects.
- Hold a social event each academic year to introduce RAD-AID to incoming residents, staff and students to build interest and increase chapter enrollment.
- Be sure to encourage participation from a variety of medical professionals within your institution to ensure you have a well balanced interdisciplinary chapter with multiple skill sets available for comprehensive project development.
- Brainstorm ideas for projects with other interested individuals at your institutions.
- In many cases, RAD-AID leadership can come to your institution to help you develop the chapter, such as by giving grand rounds, conference presentations, and meeting with members of your institution. At least 10 other chapters have taken this approach successfully. In-person presentations from RAD-AID leadership can help you to organize support at your institution.