Responsive Web-based Breast Imaging Core Curriculum for International Radiology Residents with Self-Assessment: A Pilot Study

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      Rationale and Objectives

      Lack of uniformity in radiology resident education is partially attributable to variable access to subspecialty education. Web-based courses improve standardization, but with growing emphasis on competency based education, more evaluation of their effectiveness is needed. We created a responsive web-based breast imaging curriculum for radiology residents including self-assessment and a satisfaction survey.

      Materials and Methods

      Two global academic institutions collaboratively developed a breast imaging curriculum to address radiology residents’ educational needs. This virtual course comprised 11 video lectures, nine didactic (with attached pre-test and post-test assessments) and two case review sessions. In April 2020, this optional curriculum was made available to all 56 radiology residents in one residency program cluster in Singapore, to be accessed alongside the breast imaging rotation as a supplement. A voluntary anonymous satisfaction survey was provided upon completion.


      A total of 39 of the 56 radiology residents (70%) completed the course. For the average score of nine lectures (maximum score 5), there was a significant increase in mean pre and post - test scores (mean = 2.2, SD = 0.7), p < 0.001. The proportion of residents with improvement between the pre-test score and the post-test score ranged from 74% to 100% (mean, 84%). Thirty three of the 39 participants (85%) completed the satisfaction survey, and all agreed or strongly agreed that the curriculum increased their knowledge of breast imaging.


      This web based breast imaging curriculum supplement was viewed positively by participating residents and improved their self-assessed knowledge. Curriculum access could be expanded to improve global radiology education.

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