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Breast Imaging Boot Camp Meets Milestones 2.0: A Match Made in Clinic

Published:January 21, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2020.12.022

      Rationale and Objectives

      Designed to provide broad-based training in all aspects of imaging, the diagnostic radiology residency program must provide educational experiences that not only provide technical training, but also meet accreditation standards. With the breadth of material to cover during training, carefully orchestrated educational experiences must be planned. This manuscript reports a breast imaging boot camp curriculum with longitudinal outcomes, highlighting the boot camp's pedagogy and adaptability for residencies to meet the challenges of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Diagnostic Radiology Milestones Second Revision.

      Materials and Methods

      Breast block curriculum analysis, faculty leader preparation, and evaluation of all objective external benchmarks were undertaken commencing in 2012 and continuing through 2019. Specific curriculum changes include fundamental didactic lectures and self-study education modules, hands-on simulation activities, and team-building time. Upon publication of The Diagnostic Radiology Milestones Second Revision December 2019, all competencies were assessed in the context of the boot camp resident educational experiences.

      Results

      Following curriculum implementation, resident anonymous evaluation scores of the breast block, resident in-training examination scores, American Board of Radiology Core examination scores, and radiology residency educational website analytics all increased immediately and significantly. The curriculum meets twenty-four Diagnostic Milestones per participating resident when mapped against the newly implemented ACGME requirements.

      Conclusions

      Breast imaging boot camp is a successful innovative curriculum, readily meeting our learners’ needs in all objective benchmarks. Further, the adaptable model has the potential to play important roles in assisting residencies to meet the challenges of the ACGME Diagnostic Radiology Milestones Second Revision July 1, 2020 implementation date.

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