An ACR Task Force investigates radiology's role in medical education.
The ACR Task Force on Medical Student Education in Radiology, in partnership with the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, surveyed academic radiology department chairs and medical school deans in late 2012 to understand how medical imaging is currently taught and how physician education can adapt going forward.
Who Should Teach Imaging?
What Obstacles Exist to Implementing These Changes?
How Can the ACR and the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology Help?
How is Radiology Usually Taught in Medical School?
What Should Change in the Next Ten Years?
What Does All of This Mean?
Christopher M. Straus, MD, associate professor of radiology and director of medical student education at the University of Chicago and a member of the ACR task force, says this survey highlights the surprising disparity between academic radiology chairs and medical school deans on such issues as who should teach imaging. He believes the task force summary demonstrates the "need to promote greater involvement through minimizing the effort required. This can be achieved through the deployment of a nationally available curriculum that each program can adopt and integrate in parts or in its entirety to best fit its specific needs." Straus says, "We need to increase the availability and involvement of radiologists in the education of our future referring physicians."
By Alyssa Martino