Bringing IR to East Africa: The Road2IR Story
with Dr. Fabian Laage Gaupp and Dr. Aaron Fritts
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, January 4). Ep. 104 – Bringing IR to East Africa: The Road2IR Story [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from
Dr. Fabian Laage Gaupp tells us the origin story of Road2IR.org, an initiative to build self-sustaining IR training programs in East Africa. In collaboration with Yale and Emory Departments of Radiology, Road2IR has helped establish East Africa’s first accredited IR training program in Tanzania!
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Dr. Fabian Laage Gaupp
Dr. Fabian Laage Gaupp is the Chief Resident in Interventional Radiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Aaron Fritts
Host Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, TX.
In this episode, Dr. Fabian Laage Gaupp joins Dr. Aaron Fritts to discuss his work in The Road2IR training program. We discuss the beginnings of the program and how they worked to build the first generation of interventional radiologists as well as nurses and technologists in Tanzania. We discuss the types of procedures that the program offers and how they have adapted to the needs of the communities they work with.
We explain how the training measures have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we examine the importance of having a certain mindset while working in this program. Dr. Laage Gaupp tells us about the sedation certificate nurses can train for and their plans for expanding the program to Rwanda.
We discuss some of the challenges of shipping imaging equipment and other disposable equipment. Dr. Laage Gaupp explains why he thinks IR will gain popularity in Africa, and we talk about how to get involved in the Road2IR program.
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