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Pediatr Radiol. 2019 Jul;49(8):990-999. doi: 10.1007/s00247-019-04415-3. Epub 2019 May 16.

Spaced radiology: encouraging durable memory using spaced testing in pediatric radiology.

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1
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, USA. cara.morin@stjude.org.
2
Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
3
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
4
Center for Psychology at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, USA.
5
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
6
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, USA.
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Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC, USA.
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Department of Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, MI, USA.

Abstract

Applied memory research in the field of cognitive and educational psychology has generated a large body of data to support the use of spacing and testing to promote long-term or durable memory. Despite the consensus of this scientific community, most learners, including radiology residents, do not utilize these tools for learning new information. We present a discussion of these parallel and synergistic learning techniques and their incorporation into a software platform, called Spaced Radiology, which we created for teaching radiology residents. Specifically, this software uses these evidence-based strategies to teach pediatric radiology through a flashcard deck system.

KEYWORDS:

Internet; Medical education; Memory; Pediatric radiology; Picture archiving and communication system; Self-testing; Spaced repetition

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