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Initial Experience Implementing An Expansive Physics Course for Teaching Imaging Physics to Radiology Residents

N Kasraie1,2*, M Aljallad1,2 , K Alexander2 , K Patel2 , (1) Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO, (2) University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine, Department of Radiology


(Sunday, 7/29/2018) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: Imaging Medical Physicists are increasingly tasked with furnishing educational services to affiliated radiology residency programs while maintaining clinical duties and obligations to their respective hospital employers. Providing an in-depth physics teaching regimen that not only prepares the residents for their ABR exam, but also strives to encompass a more expansive curriculum with longer term objectives in mind can be time consuming if not difficult to implement, particularly for hospital based physicists that lack sufficient time and manpower. A comprehensive teaching approach was developed focused on the ABR Diagnostic Radiology CORE Examination Study Guide that can be implemented by a minimal physicist staff.

Methods: We designed a cyclic biennial course that initiates by requiring the RSNA physics modules as assigned pre-reading. Semi-monthly didactic sessions then cover de-jour topics of interest throughout the year drawn from current literature but not listed in the CORE exam study guide, e.g. Arterial Spin Labeling, Spectral CT, Parallel Imaging, etc. Clinical relevance is emphasized by providing hands-on demonstrations per modality using anthropomorphic phantoms. A week-long board prep review is then offered every spring that only focuses on exam passing-specific content, and audience response systems provide self-gauging and assessment. Confidential evaluation assessments are then performed yearly with feedback to improve overall organization and content.

Results: The passing rate of the residency program during the past 4 years has been 100% for the physics component of the ABR exam with the ACR-DXIT physics ranking of PGY-4 residents averaging at 80th percentile. Our 4-year evaluation indicates that the course provides effective board exam preparation while offering a relatively thorough treatment of clinical physics to residents.

Conclusion: It is feasible to provide radiology resident physics instruction that is both board preparatory and panoramic with a more specialized curricula, while also respecting the time limits of the minimal physicist staff.


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