E3252. Pre-Radiology Training: Examining Cons and Alternatives to Tradition?
  1. Robert Martin; Inspira Medical Center
This manuscript aims to examine the pros and cons of the clinical year of training before radiology residency, which was reinstated in 1997, and to explore alternative ideas for improving radiology training.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The review evaluates the impact of the clinical year on the growth of future radiologists, the variability in clinical year programs, and potential funding roadblocks to radiology training. It also discusses the importance of clinical competence, patient interaction, and interprofessional collaboration in modern radiology practice.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
The review identifies concerns raised by trainees regarding the utility of the clinical year and the disparity between clinical training and specialized radiology training. Funding issues and income concerns are also addressed, along with potential alternatives such as reformatting the fourth year of medical school and integrating the clinical year into radiology residency.

While some trainees find the clinical year impactful for their growth as radiologists, there is no clear evidence that completing the clinical year leads to better performance in radiology residency. Alternative approaches, such as integrating clinical experiences in medical school or longitudinal integration throughout residency, are suggested. The clinical year offers an opportunity to develop clinical competence and essential skills for effective patient care, but further evaluation is necessary to ensure optimal training for future radiologists.