Unfortunately undergraduate teaching has lagged far behind, indeed most Radiology taught to students has historically been ward based from non – Radiologists. In 2012 the Royal College of Radiologists aimed to address this with their Undergraduate Curriculum (1). This was in response to the General Medical Council document – Tomorrow’s Doctors – superseded by ‘Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training’ (2).
At our centre a dedicated Radiology / IT team has developed a Virtual Radiology website. This site compliments a well-established 5th year lecture program, and extends access to radiology resources across all 5 Yrs of the MBChB Undergraduate medical degree. It provides additional information about the specialty and quick links to a dedicated undergraduate case-based library.
This library provides succinct case-studies, sourced from the Radiology Image Store (PACS), which are appropriate to year of study and represent cases relevant and essential for a junior doctor, with the stated aim that reflection on each case is essential for maximal benefit (3).
Why create our own case-library?
Developed with the agreement from the Medical School that these would be the sole source for all radiology based end of year examination cases
- Housed within our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) which allows collection of candidate / case specific usage data
- ‘Case of the Week’ highlights specific cases and aims to keep students engaged over time
- Provides a unique opportunity to look at the relationship between student engagement and exam performance (4)
At submission we are in the first month of use with a steady increase in access by the students. By the conference date we will have full data on use and the correlation between use and exam performance both generally and also on specific cases.
We will be discussing the following points;
- Has this model proved to be successful in engaging candidates (overall cohort usage)
- Has this influenced their overall performance in the Radiology case examinations compared to previous cohort examination scores
- How do the candidates perform on specific cases that they have accessed
- Does prior knowledge of the cases actually influence their success in the examinations or does use of the resources correlate with candidates who generally perform better across all modules
- Lessons learnt from the journey in developing this unique resource
1/ Royal College of Radiologists. Undergraduate Radiology Curriculum. London: The Royal College of Radiologists, 2012
2/ Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training. GMC.2015
3/ Mann K, Gordon J, MacLeod. A Reflection and reflective practice in health professions education: a systematic review. Adv in Health Sci Educ. 2009;14:595–621
4/ Zafara S, Safdara S, Zafar AN. Evaluation of use of e-Learning in undergraduate radiology education: A review. European Journal of Radiology;2014:83:2277–2287