ARRS 2022 Abstracts


1950. Introducing Medical and Pre-Medical Students to Radiology: A National and International Student Run Symposium During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors * Denotes Presenting Author
  1. Shivraj Grewal *; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  2. Manroop Kaur; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  3. Gregory Sprout; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  4. Eric vanSonnenberg; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
The goal of the symposium was to expose preclinical medical students and premedical college students to the specialty of radiology. Originally, the symposium was planned as an in-person event; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was changed to a virtual platform. The symposium is a model for the organization of a medical student conceived and run virtual program on the national and international scale.

Materials and Methods:
Two medical students worked closely with a faculty mentor to develop an agenda for a free medical student-oriented radiology symposium. Speakers were recruited by the students with advice from the mentor. Emails for registration were sent to radiology interest groups at US medical schools and local undergraduate pre-med organizations; Twitter was used to reach the international audience. Day 1 consisted of three nationally known keynote speakers who spoke on the value of service, academics, and the joy of radiology, respectively. Day 2 involved subspecialty speakers (MSK, breast, IR, pediatrics, etc.), a Q&A session with program directors, and a resident panel. Our outcomes were medical student attendance by year.

Twenty-eight different institutions were represented from seven different countries. There were 119 registrants on day 1 and 111 registrants on day 2. On day 1 there were 22/69 (32%) MS1s, 13/69 (19%) MS3s, 13/69 (19%) college students, 12/69 (17%) MS4s, 5/69 (7%) MS2s, 2/69 (3%) attending physicians, 1/69 (1%) resident, and 1/69 (1%) high school student. The events on day 1 ran 117 minutes total, with participants staying for approximately 91% of the total time or a median time of 107 minutes. On day 2 there were 15/54 (28%) MS1s, 11/54 (20%) MS4s, 8/54 (15%) MS3s, 6/54 (11%) residents, 6/54 (11%) college students, 4/54 (7%) MS2s, 1/69 (1%) attending physician, 1/69 (1%) high school student, and 2/54 (4%) identified as "other". The events on day 2 ran 156 minutes total, with participants staying for approximately 87% of the total time or a median time of 135 minutes. In term of time present, MS4s and MS1s attended the longest on day 1 and 2, respectively.

Although originally planned as an in-person event, the symposium was transformed to be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This symposium illustrates the feasibility and possibilities associated with virtual symposia targeted towards medical students. Direct outreach advertised to US medical schools, and social media was fundamental to advertising the symposium internationally. Highlights of the symposium were that it was medical student conceived and implemented, had a wide national and international audience, and could serve as a model for other specialties. In medical school nationwide, radiology is not a required clerkship; thus, medical students are rarely exposed to the breadth of the field. This student-run symposium shared the breadth of radiology during the COVID-19 pandemic.