E2307. Evaluation of Radiology Department Websites as a Resource for Medical Students Who Are Interested in Interventional Radiology
  1. Shivraj Grewal; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  2. Eric vanSonnenberg; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  3. Zachary Sitton; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  4. Manroop Kaur; University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Multiple pathways exist for medical students, both to explore their interest in Interventional Radiology (IR) and to understand the variety of procedures performed by radiologists. However, paths such as mentorship, shadowing, research, and interest groups are limited to the student’s own school. Department of Radiology websites are accessible, yet under-researched resources for interested medical students to learn about IR procedures and opportunities. Our purpose is to evaluate Radiology department websites as a source of information about the scope of IR procedures done at specific institutions and opportunities for medical students at specific departments.

Materials and Methods:
Department of Radiology websites for 148 allopathic academic institutions were searched for specific pages targeted to medical students and elective away rotation information. Websites were searched for mention of procedures that corresponded to categories based on organ systems and interventional modalities in IR. Seventeen categories were established related to different aspects of Interventional Radiology (Ablation, Abdominal, Biopsy, Biliary, Breast, CT-guided, Chest, Drainage, Gallbladder, Genitourinary, Musculoskeletal, MRI-guided, Neurointervention, Oncology, Pediatric, Vascular, and ultrasound-guided).

Of the 148 allopathic academic institutions, 114/148 had a Radiology department website. 72/114 (63%) of Radiology department websites had at least one web page dedicated to medical students. However, only 49/114 (43%) websites had any elective away rotation information. 63-68% of departments mentioned performing procedures in the Biopsy (76/114), Vascular (78/114), Musculoskeletal (72/114), and Oncology (74/114) categories. 50-64% of department websites reported Breast (n=67/114), Ablation (n=62/114), Neuro-interventional (n=60/114), Biliary (n=58/114), and Genitourinary procedures (n=57/114). While 59% of departments mentioned performing Breast procedures, only 42/114 mentioned needle localization, 6/114 mentioned breast tumor ablations, and 22/114 mentioned breast cyst aspirations. Pediatric IR services were noted in 47/114 (41%) websites, and rarely mentioned specific procedures.

While a majority of websites did have medical student pages, the relative lack of departments that provided elective away rotation information may serve as a barrier to student interest. Biopsy, vascular, musculoskeletal, and oncology procedures are commonplace in Radiology department websites, but students may be less aware of the spectrum of IR because of the dearth of further information on other procedures. It is highly likely that procedures in general and specifics are under-reported, such as with breast intervention, Neuro-IR, and Pediatric IR. Departments can likely generate increased medical student interest in their programs by providing more information targeted specifically towards medical students about IR opportunities, and the range of both non-vascular and vascular IR procedures.