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Cross-specialty integrated resident conferences: an educational approach to bridging the gap.


Rationale and objectives

Radiologists play a pivotal role in patient management, primarily through interacting with referring clinicians. Despite this extensive cross-specialty interaction, radiology resident education rarely involves direct education from clinicians outside the department. We surveyed resident attitudes toward integrated conferences with subspecialty referring physicians both before and after a pilot lecture series at our institution.

Materials and methods

Three thoracic-themed multidisciplinary conferences were organized, which involved a variety of clinicians lecturing during normal resident conference times. Resident surveys were administered before and after the complete lectures series as well as immediately after each individual lecture.


The prelecture series survey indicated residents felt neutral about their confidence in knowing what clinicians want from radiology reports and the current level of "clinician-focus" in the curriculum. Residents indicated a desire for more clinician involvement in lectures. After completion of the series, residents expressed that the integrated conferences were useful and that they had greater confidence in understanding the clinicians' expectation of reports. Resident interest in clinician participation in lectures was higher after series completion. Most residents indicated that prespecified, self-identified learning objectives were met by the lectures. After the completion of the series, most residents indicated that they wanted the series to continue, with the most commonly indicated desired frequency being once or twice a month.


Subspecialty clinician participation in a cross-specialty integrated resident lecture series was highly favored and well received. An "Integrated Clinical Lecture Series" may be a beneficial addition to radiology residency curriculums.

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