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Acad Radiol. 2010 Jun;17(6):795-8. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2010.02.002.

Cardiac imaging training in radiology residency programs: a survey of radiology chief residents.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 676 North St Clair Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2927, USA. jeetminocha@gmail.com

Abstract

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:

Comprehensive training in cardiac imaging during radiology residency is imperative if radiologists are to maintain a significant role in this rapidly growing field. In this study, radiology chief residents were surveyed to assess the current status of cardiac imaging training in radiology residency programs. The responses to this survey may be helpful in understanding current trends in cardiac imaging training and how such training can be improved in the future.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Chief residents at accredited radiology residency programs were sent an e-mail with a link to a 17-question Web-based survey. The survey assessed the organization of cardiac imaging training in each residency program, imaging modalities incorporated into cardiac imaging training, the role of residents on cardiac imaging rotations, and attitudes of residents about their cardiac imaging training and the future of cardiac imaging.

RESULTS:

Responses were obtained from 52 of 112 (46%) programs. Seventy-one percent had at least one dedicated cardiac imaging rotation during their residencies. Fifty-two percent and 62% of respondents reported <5 hours of cardiac imaging-related case conferences and didactic lectures per year, respectively. Most had cardiac computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging incorporated into their cardiac imaging training. Although 92% felt that cardiac imaging training is important, only 17% felt that they currently received adequate training in cardiac imaging.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of residency programs represented in this survey had at least one dedicated cardiac imaging rotation for their residents. Most of these programs had few cardiac imaging-related conferences and lectures per year. Although most chief residents believed that cardiac imaging training is important, only a minority felt that they currently received adequate training in cardiac imaging.

Copyright (c) 2010 AUR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
20457420
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