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MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Oct 10;13:10637. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10637.

Video-Based Teaching of Image-Guided Breast Interventions: Stereotactic Core Biopsy Using a Prone Table.

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Instructor in Diagnostic Radiology, Harvard Medical School.
Department Value Advisor for Medical Imaging, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Radiology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University.
Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Harvard Medical School.
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and OB-GYN, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.



The introduction of new technologies and teaching strategies to educate the digital learner creates the potential for a better and more standardized training experience across programs. Thus, we sought to create an instructional video on stereotactic core breast biopsy that simulates best practices and could be readily accessed by training programs to improve and standardize resident education.


At our institution, we use the video and questions as part of a flipped classroom educational activity. Residents are requested to complete the questions at home and watch the video. They then take the posttest questions during the lecture period, at which time the answers are reviewed and there is additional discussion of the procedure. The tests contain both video-related questions and control questions.


After viewing the video, there was a 30% mean improvement in the video-related questions compared to a 0% improvement in the control set of questions.


An instructional video on stereotactic core biopsy was created with associated assessment questions that can be used at any institution for the purposes of improving and standardizing training in breast imaging procedures. This resource can be especially useful for programs where trainees have limited procedure exposure.


Breast Procedures; Breast Radiology; Education Videos; Stereotactic Core Breast Biopsy; Video Simulation

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