E2199. Discussion Series Designed to Augment Resident Understanding of Factors Influencing the Practice of Radiology
  1. Desi Schiess; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  2. Cory Pfeifer; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The field of radiology is evolving at an unrivaled pace, which has led to the brink of a new era known as Imaging 4.0. These changes and their impact on the future of radiology are of utmost importance for young radiologists, especially trainees. This initiative aims to expand on existing efforts at a large academic medical center to introduce residents to topics such as business/economics, health policy, practice management, and informatics to better prepare them for practice and for becoming the next generation of leaders.

Materials and Methods:
A needs assessment showed a desire among residents to learn more about these topics, which is addressed in the form of a monthly discussion series that launched in January 2019. Each session has a different theme and is moderated by a unique internal or external faculty member with relevant interest and expertise. Sessions are informal and discussion-based.

Surveys were distributed after each of the first six pilot sessions. Interest in this initiative was demonstrated by 60% attendance of the combined pool of Diagnostic Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology-Interventional Radiology residents at a large academic center. Resident feedback indicated high session quality, based on an average Likert scale score of 4.8/5.0. 100% of survey respondents reported that the topics are useful and relevant to their education and practice. Strengths included the relaxed format and topics covered. The project expanded to include fellows and medical students interested in radiology. Average session attendance increased upon transitioning to a virtual format in 2020.

A discussion-based lecture series effectively augments resident education by exposing residents to extracurricular topics and allowing them to explore and apply the information in a low-stress environment.