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AMSER Rad Path Case of the Month: Effect of Case-based Integration of Radiology and Pathology on Medical Student Education and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Published:April 02, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.02.014

      Rationale and Objectives

      Radiology and pathology are often underrepresented in undergraduate medical education. The Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) hosts the AMSER Rad Path Case of the Month, an online archive of radiological case reports with pathology correlations submitted by medical students. The purpose of this study is to assess the value of preparing and submitting a case on medical students’ educational experience.

      Materials and Methods

      Students who had cases accepted for publication in AMSER Rad Path Case of the Month from July 2018 to December 2019 were contacted by email to request their participation in a voluntary, anonymous 22-question survey. Surveys were sent to 35 students from seven institutions.

      Results

      Twenty three of the 35 students (65.7%) responded. Only five (21.7%) of respondents reported having previously followed a patient case through radiology and pathology during medical school, defined as interaction with a clinician in each specialty to discuss the case. When asked about their experience with AMSER Rad Path Case of the Month, most agreed or strongly agreed it was a valuable case-based learning experience (100%). Respondents also reported high satisfaction with improved understanding of disease process, increased understanding and ability to collaborate, and increased likelihood of participating in future academic work.

      Conclusion

      AMSER Rad Path Case of the Month is a valuable case-based educational experience that deepens students’ understanding of disease processes while affording them an opportunity for interdisciplinary and scholarly collaboration.

      Key Words

      Abbreviations:

      AMSER (Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology)
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