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J Am Coll Radiol. 2004 Jul;1(7):510-5.

How do training, education, and experience affect quality in radiology?

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Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


The quality of care is attracting increasing attention from payers, regulators, and consumers. The assumption that training, education, and experience are major determinants of quality and safety permeates the health care delivery system. However, the relationship between quality and training, education, and experience is neither straightforward nor well documented, particularly for the practice of radiology. A recent Institute of Medicine report questioned the effectiveness of the existing system for the education and training of health care professionals. In this article, "quality" in radiology is defined, and evidence for a relationship between quality care and experience and traditional continuing medical education is reviewed. Alternative approaches to education and training, with an emphasis on systems rather than individuals, are elucidated. The nature of radiologist training, education, and experience should be reexamined and adjusted to meet the changing demands of the health care delivery system.

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