Apollo Radiology International (ARI) takes a monumental step towards transforming the radiology landscape in India with the introduction of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at bridging the gap in training and expertise in this field. ARI aims to bring world-class radiology education facilitated by an international faculty to the doorsteps of Indian Radiologists at an affordable cost.
Dr Sreenivasa Raju Kalidindi, CEO & MD, of Apollo Radiology International, said “Our commitment to advancing radiology training in India is unwavering. We believe these programs will not only elevate the skills of our radiologists but will also have a profound impact on patient care, reducing misdiagnoses, complications, and unnecessary deaths.”
Radiology, a pivotal medical specialty, has witnessed unprecedented growth globally due to advancements in technology both in the diagnostic and interventional fields. Radiologists in the Western world now hold a key position in the patient pathway, both in respect of diagnosis and treatment. Radiologists are often the most important person in a multidisciplinary meeting.
However, such changes are yet to come in India. This is largely due to radiologists often lacking specialized training and access to international qualifications. In recent years, the rapid growth of radiology in India has been hindered by varied training durations and inconsistent quality across the country. Recognizing this, ARI Academy, a part of the Apollo Group, has emerged as a game-changer, introducing international standards of education to Indian radiologists.
ARI recognizes the disparity in radiology training in India compared to developed countries. Under the umbrella of ARI Academy, a pioneering endeavor by Apollo Radiology International, the focus is on creating learning opportunities at par with Western training schemes.
“The Global Radiology Training Program is a transformative initiative designed to enrich the skills and opportunities for radiologists in India and abroad. We are proud to contribute to the global advancement of radiology through this program,” said Prof Subhasis Chakraborty, Course Director, Global Radiology Training Program, ARI.
Some of the key initiatives through which ARI plans to achieve this goal are
Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists Qualification Center in India: ARI Academy, in collaboration with the Royal College of Radiology, London, has established a center in Hyderabad, allowing hundreds of Indian radiologists to take the renowned Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists exams locally. This ground-breaking initiative eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming trips to London, making the qualification more accessible.
Global Radiology Training Program: A two-year course, parallel to the MD or DNB postgraduate schemes in India, brings global experts from prestigious institutions like Harvard, Oxford, and MD Anderson to teach Indian radiology post-graduate students. This program introduces a thorough core radiology training based on a comprehensive curriculum and enhances their expertise, ensuring they are on par with their Western counterparts. This program is being led by Prof. Subhasis Chakraborty from Oxford, UK who has experience working extensively for the Royal College of Radiologists in the UK, is shaping and running their training programs and examinations.
Interventional Radiology Training Program: ARI Academy addresses the shortage of interventional radiologists in smaller towns by offering a comprehensive training program. Led by Professor Sanjeeva Kalva, Chief of Interventional Radiology at Harvard Medical School, the program aims to broaden access to interventional radiology and reduce unnecessary surgeries.
Abdominal Mini Fellowship: A highly specialized training program focusing on abdominal radiology in partnership with faculty from Harvard Medical School. This initiative brings world-renowned experts to Hyderabad, enabling trainees to gain expertise in a specific area.
FRCR 2B Course: ARI Academy proudly hosts India’s largest FRCR 2B onsite course, with over 8 successful batches and 350+ participants to date. Guided by esteemed leaders, including a former FRCR exam board chairman and renowned UK faculty, our commitment to excellence in radiology education continues to elevate standards in the field.
State-of-the-Art Educational Research Center: A new 18,000-square-foot facility has been established at the Apollo Medical College, Hyderabad campus, equipped with teaching rooms, viva rooms, faculty rooms, and a large AI research lab. This center is set to become a hub for radiology education and research in India.
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