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When the Old Ways Are the Best Ways: In Defense of Didactic Training

W Sensakovic

W Sensakovic1*, (1) Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL


SU-E-E-7 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Physics education for residents has taken on a more prominent role due to the new ABR examination format. We present a curriculum for a new radiology residency entering its second year. This curriculum favors an extensive traditional didactic teaching approach. The curriculum is designed to minimize the amount of independent learning that is necessary outside the classroom.

Methods and Materials:
Didactic training repeats yearly for all four years of residency and consists of two 1-hour lectures per week and several in-class tests. The impact of physics on clinical practice is introduced gradually throughout the residency using specific clinical cases. The extensive time spent with the residents allows lectures to be taught at a deep (almost physicist) level and reduces the necessity of learning base concepts outside of lecture. This frees the resident to use resources (e.g., AAPM/RSNA physics modules) to cement concepts through repetition or to learn a slightly confusing concept from a different teaching perspective. Consistent testing reduces the traditional resident studying technique of physics "cramming."

On average, the first year residents scored in the 98th percentile on the American College of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology In-Service Training Exam (ACR DXIT). Feedback from the new first year residents was very positive and suggestions are constantly solicited and incorporated. For example, based on resident feedback, short-format quizzes each lecture were eliminated and replaced interactive questions during lecture. Residents felt they have advanced rapidly and have a better understanding of radiologic physics, though they have expressed concern that the 1-hour lecture block may not be optimal for learning physics.

An extensive, physicist-led series of didactic lectures is effective in the teaching of physics to residents.

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