A Teachable Moment

A radiology resident visits the ACR Education Department to grow as an educator.a teachable moment

During the winter of 2013, Lu Anne V. Dinglasan, MD, MHS, vascular and interventional radiology fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, visited the ACR Education Department in Reston, Va., as this year's Valerie P. Jackson (VPJ) Education Fellow.

The Valerie P. Jackson Education Fellowship provides the opportunity for a radiology or radiation oncology resident, fellow, community, or academic radiologist, radiation oncologist, medical physicist, or for an educator with a specific interest in the field to gain direct exposure to the operation of ACR's Education Department. The primary goal of the fellowship is to acquaint fellows with developmental processes for a wide range of lifelong learning activities for residents and practitioners, including various aspects of compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education accreditation criteria, and to enable fellows to advance their interests in education. As part of the fellowship, fellows are required to complete a project or activity pertaining to the delivery of educational materials and lifelong learning in radiology. The ACR Bulletin asked Dinglasan about her experience.

Why did you decide to apply for the VPJ Education Fellowship?

I applied for the fellowship because of my long-standing interest in education, especially at the medical student level, where I believe early radiology exposure is essential to piquing the interest of the best students to become future radiologist. In addition, I'm interested in radiology education at the international level, where, in resource-limited settings, it can make huge differences in helping primary-care clinicians and caregivers make diagnoses and formulate treatments.

What were your goals coming into your visit to the ACR headquarters?

My goals were threefold: to become more familiar with all the educational endeavors at the ACR, to explore the development of an educational tool from inception to practice, and to understand the educational collaboration between the ACR and practicing radiologists.

Do you have a mentor who encouraged you to apply for the fellowship?

Mary H. Scanlon, MD, FACR, my program director, and Judith Aronchick, MD, one of my chest attendings who is heavily involved with medical student education, were both instrumental in my decision to apply. Early on, they both recognized my interest in teaching and education, and both encouraged me and served as my advisors through all the education projects I have developed as a resident. These included revamping the radiology-anatomy correlates taught during the first-year medical student anatomy course, as well as developing a basic radiology curriculum I designed for non-radiology house staff in Kenya. Because of these positive experiences with Dr. Scanlon and Dr. Aronchick I believe they wanted me to further cultivate my passion and learn new ways to develop innovative and creative curricula for medical students, radiology residents, and non-radiologists abroad.

What were the highlights of your visit?

Highlights of my visit included meeting the e-learning development team and participating in a conference call with Ellen Brown, assistant director of ACR's e-learning programs, and John S. Pellerito, MD, FACR, in which we talked about cutting edge ways to incorporate ultrasound into the pre-clinical curriculum in medical school; meeting Vinay Sandhir, senior director of the ACR Education Center, and learning about the development of the center; as well as meeting the Continuous Professional Improvement team and learning how they collaborate with radiologists.

What did you learn during your fellowship that you will apply in the future as an educator?

I definitely want to use aspects of the interactive program used in the ACR Education Center to develop a more interactive program to simulate what it's really like to be a radiologist for senior medical students considering a career in radiology. In addition, I'd like to incorporate the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® into the curricula for non-radiology clinicians so that they can understand which diagnostic tests to use, especially in a resource-limited setting.

What project will you undertake that will apply to the knowledge you learned during your fellowship?

I'd like to continue making the medical student radiology elective at the University of Pennsylvania more interactive by using ideas from the ACR Education Center, and I'd like to incorporate the ACR Appropriateness Criteria in the radiology curriculum I developed for resource-limited third-world settings.

For more information please visit http://bit.ly/VPJFellow, or contact Carrie Smith in the ACR Education Department at (800) 227-5463 ext. 4579.

By Chris Hobson

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