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Early Resident-to-Resident Physics Education in Diagnostic Radiology

Authors
Journal
Journal of the American College of Radiology
1546-1440
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2013.08.002
Keywords
  • Education
  • Physics
  • Residency
  • Teaching
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Education
  • Medicine

Abstract

The revised ABR board certification process has updated the method by which diagnostic radiology residents are evaluated for competency in clinical radiologic physics. In this work, the author reports the successful design and implementation of a resident-taught physics course consisting of 5 weekly, hour-long lectures intended for incoming first-year radiology residents in their first month of training. To the author's knowledge, this is the first description of a course designed to provide a very early framework for ongoing physics education throughout residency without increasing the didactic burden on faculty members. Twenty-six first-year residents spanning 2 academic years took the course and reported subjective improvement in their knowledge (90%) and interest (75%) in imaging physics and a high level of satisfaction with the use of senior residents as physics educators. Based on the success of this course and the minimal resources required for implementation, this work may serve as a blueprint for other radiology residency programs seeking to develop revised physics curricula.

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