Mimi Polczynski (DuBois), M.S.Ed, R.T.(R)(M)(CT), Radiology Program Director at Kaskaskia College was one of the three chosen educators from 240 applicants to visit Georgetown, Guyana in South America to provide support to the University of Guyana’s Radiography Program scheduled to commence the fall of 2013.
The June 3-7, 2013 visit to Georgetown, Guyana was a joint collaboration between Pan America Health Organizations (PAHO), RAD-AID International, and the University of Guyana. RAD-AID is dedicated to the mission of increasing international radiology services in developing countries and optimizing radiology for public health initiatives. The team comprised of RAD-AID International fellows Mimi Polczynski, Dr. Ester Lee Verhovsek , Graduate Coordinator, Master of Science in Allied Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University, Dawn Sturk, M.S.,( RT)(R), Administrative Director of Radiologic Services Hurley medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, and Kayiba Medlen, MPH, RT(R)(M) RAD-AID General Programs Manager/ PAHO Radiological Health Program consultant.
These individuals offered courses and conducted an evaluation of the radiography program to provide recommendations prior to the fall of 2013. The courses offered included Radiography Physics, Quality Assurance, Positioning, Pathology and Digital Radiography. The purpose of these courses was to educate the radiographers as future trainers or instructors at the university to improve human resources currently lacking in the country. There are currently only 12 radiographers with associate degrees in the entire country.
Polczynski says of the experience, “It certainly was a once in a life-time experience. I met wonderful people who have a great passion for the imaging profession and worked with a wonderful group of educators who I now call my friends! There were obstacles and difficult situations but I learned a great deal about developing countries.” Through this experience, it was noted that there is a great need for continuing education and the educators have agreed to host webinars in the future to assist with this endeavor.”