Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China – Today, the 2013 ‘Training Program for Radiologists in Western China’ (2013 Go West Program), a collaboration between Philips and China Institute of Radiologists, was officially launched in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. The President of the China Institute of Radiologists Guo Qiyong and General Manager Imaging Systems, Philips Healthcare Greater China, Patrick Wu, attended the launch ceremony with many other industry delegates and joined the training with the local radiologists.
The Radiologist Training Program (Go West Program) was initiated at the end of 2010. Within a short span of two years, the organizers invited more than 50 experts and trainers from different clinical fields, who travelled more than 15,000 km to provide training to over 2,000 radiologists from eight western provinces and autonomous regions on imaging technologies and equipment, image diagnosis and analysis of common diseases as well as different organs. Unlike the training carried out in the last two years, the program newly launched in 2013 has extended reach by additional remote training through a video-conferencing system and a newly launched an online platform where trainees can participate in remote diagnosis and interact through an image reading contest and Q&A activities.
“The central government has paid more and more attention to healthcare in Western China, the development of which is the strategic focus in the 5-year plan for 2011-2015, promoting significant progress in both quantity and quality of healthcare equipment in west China. At the same time, it has become increasingly important to train radiologists in equipment use and diagnostic skills.” said Guo Qiyong, President of China Institute of Radiologists. “This training program tailored for radiologists in west China has achieved impressive results over the last two years. It has not only helped develop a number of young skilled radiologists, but also made widely recognized contributions to the healthcare development in west China.”
As a sponsor and a technical supporter of the Go West Program, Philips also joined forces with academic organizations such as China Medical Doctor Association and China Institute of Radiologists to build cooperations with the Sheng Jing Hospital of China Medical University, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Beijing Hospital, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital and the Cancer Institute & Hospital and CAMS, in order to provide opportunities for 100 young radiologists in west China to study in these hospitals.
Desmond Thio, President of Philips Healthcare Greater China, said, “We are honoured to support the program through this long-term and in-depth cooperation with China Medical Doctor Association and China Institute of Radiologists, and make contributions as a company with social responsibility to the healthcare development of west China through this program and our continuous innovations in healthcare.”