The incidence of cancer is rising steadily in low-income countries. Over the next 25 years, the majority of new cases and deaths will occur in these countries — in part because of population growth, greater longevity, and lifestyle changes, but also because the health systems in these countries have not yet developed the capacity to prevent or control cancer. A major challenge for many developing countries will be finding sufficient resources and expertise to address these trends.
The lack of sufficiently trained staff is a critical problem for the establishment of adequate radiotherapy services in the developing world. The importance of addressing and eventually solving this problem cannot be overemphasized. Many factors contribute to this limitation, including few job positions, low salaries, lack of training programs, difficulties in the recognition of accreditation obtained in other countries and emigration of professionals to more affluent countries. The appropriate training and subsequent retention of professionals is essential for planned radiotherapy services to be effective in dealing with this ‘silent crisis’ of cancer in the developing world.
Thus, we particularly encourage doctors who were born in the developing world and who have an interest in the areas of oncology, radiology, and ultrasound to let us help you succeed at being selected for a residency or fellowship position. Almost all doctors who were born and spent significant parts of their lives in a developing nation, return at some point to help, if not establishing their practice there. Thus, we are especially interested in helping you if you are originally from a low-income country. Individuals living in developing countries usually have limited access to medical care and ultrasound is becoming especially important as an imaging modality in developing countries as devices have become smaller, portable, less expensive, and there is no ionizing radiation.
By helping you to attain a residency or fellowship position in oncology or radiology, ultimately we will be contributing to the cause of advancing the practice of oncology and radiology in developing countries. In the years to come, it is our hope that you will develop considerable knowledge that can be applied to endeavors that already exist or are being developed by a variety of different organizations.