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Resident Wellness in Radiology as Portrayed by Departmental Websites

Published:August 14, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2021.07.016

      Rationale and Objectives

      Departmental websites are often the first exposure applicants have in researching programs. Websites provide information about resident education as well as infrastructure for resident wellness. For this study, we reviewed residency websites to evaluate resident wellness initiatives and extent of details available online.

      Materials and Methods

      Program websites for diagnostic radiology residencies listed in the 2020 ERAS program list were evaluated for 26 criteria pertaining to resident wellness. Criteria which are not radiology resident specific were also evaluated on their graduate medical education (GME) websites if unavailable on the departmental website.

      Results

      Of 189 programs, 185 (97.9%) had functioning websites for review. Book funds were mentioned by 57% (mean $3,762), and 43.5% discussed housing stipends during AIRP (mean $2,204); neither significantly correlated with program size. Retirement plan matching was present for 47.8% of programs. Almost all programs utilized night float call schedules, with relatively similar distribution of residents starting on-call duties as fall PGY2s, spring PGY2s, and starting PGY3s. Moonlighting was mentioned by 22.8% of departments. Paid wellness days were discussed in 10.8% (mean 3.1 days/year), and 37.7% described paid parental leave (mean 27.8 days/year). Less than 10% described resident mentoring, wellness committees, or non-clinical curricula. Resident retreats were mentioned by 21.6% of programs, and 11.4% described regular social activities; both were found more frequently at larger programs (chi-square analysis, p <0.00625).

      Conclusion

      This study evaluated radiology residency program and GME websites for information pertaining to resident wellness. While financial and clinical information was typically present for >50% of programs, information regarding social initiatives was generally lacking and may be one area to bolster resident wellness and describe on websites.

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