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Acad Radiol. 2018 Jun;25(6):780-788. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.02.002. Epub 2018 Mar 16.

Introducing First-Year Medical Students to Radiology: Implementation and Impact.

Author information

1
University of Michigan Medical School, 1301 Catherine St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Electronic address: mbkraft@med.umich.edu.
2
University of Michigan Medical School, 1301 Catherine St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
3
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
4
Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Abstract

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:

The aims of our study were (1) to describe a new educational intervention for first-year medical students that gave a substantial, early exposure to radiology and (2) to examine how this early exposure was received by the students.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Our new curriculum incorporated a new 2-week course very early in the M1 year entitled Foundations of Diagnostics and Therapeutics. Among other topics, the course included a substantial introduction to radiology primarily through small-group seminars and online materials, administered using a flipped-classroom approach. The students were given pre- and postcourse surveys that assessed the degree to which they felt prepared to learn about radiology, as well as their interest in radiology. Results were analyzed using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

RESULTS:

Survey responses were obtained from 170 students before the course and 65 students afterward. Upon completing the course, students showed significantly increased academic interest in radiology (P = .008) and a heightened perception of the effect of radiology on patient care (P = .04), without a significant change in interest in pursuing radiology as a career. Students showed an overwhelmingly positive response to the course, although some noted that previous anatomy training would have been helpful. Eighty percent agreed or strongly agreed that the flipped-classroom structure was an effective educational model.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our study demonstrated that students were very excited to gain exposure to radiology early in their medical school curriculum, and such exposure led to an improved perception of the field.

KEYWORDS:

Education; medical student education

PMID:
30691773
DOI:
10.1016/j.acra.2018.02.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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