E2446. Assessment of Student and Resident Views on Radiology Curriculum in Medical School
  1. Nathaniel Roddenberry; University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  2. Laura Hayes; University of Central Florida College of Medicine
The ubiquity of imaging in daily practice means it is vital that all medical graduates have a strong foundation in radiological concepts, irrespective of intended or current specialty. Advancements in the diagnostic capabilities of medical imaging necessitates continual revision to the medical school curriculum involving imaging techniques, interpretation, benefits, risks, indications, and cost. Prior studies have shown that students desire more exposure to radiologists and the field of radiology, and that program directors believe skills in imaging interpretation among interns is lacking.

Materials and Methods:
For the study, a voluntary survey was administered online to students and recent graduates of [blinded] College of Medicine. The survey was distributed to students at all levels of training to assess views on the current quantity and types of instruction provided in this area. Questions consist of a Likert scale, multiple choice, ranked choice, and free response questions about instruction through both didactics and simulations.

Through this study, we gained insight into student and resident comfort in counseling patients on benefits and risks of various medical imaging modalities, ordering imaging studies, and interpreting the examinations. We also received novel student/resident ideas for radiology training in undergraduate medical education.

The results of our study will be used to inform undergraduate medical programs of short-comings in radiology training and guide reform in curriculum to improve radiology readiness and ultimately healthcare as a whole.