Education| Volume 30, ISSUE 5, P975-982, May 2023

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Think Like an MBA: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Academic Radiology Business Series (ARBS) for Radiology Trainees

      Rationale and Objectives

      To address existing educational gaps in the business of radiology and medicine, we developed, implemented, and evaluated an Academic Radiology Business Series (ARBS) as part of a longitudinal noninterpretive skills curriculum in our radiology residency program.

      Materials and Methods

      Mixed lecture- and discussion-based sessions were prepared and taught by content experts and radiologist-leaders at our institution in the style of a typical MBA curriculum, drawing on five core pillars: strategy, management, operations, finance, and health policy and economics. The series concluded with an interactive discussion of a Harvard Business School case study. To study the effectiveness of the curriculum, Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used to compare survey results before and after the curriculum.


      Nearly 80% of the pre-curriculum survey respondents were not satisfied with the current training offered in the business of medicine. Although 94% of trainees were interested in pursuing leadership positions in healthcare, they have self-reported knowledge gaps in the fundamentals of the business of medicine. There were significant improvements in satisfaction with their training in the business of medicine and perceived improvements in knowledge of important concepts in the business of medicine after participating in the curriculum (p < 0.001).


      Radiology trainees have strong interest in the business of radiology and appreciate its importance yet feel inadequately prepared during training. Intentional training incorporated into residency education in the form of an innovative educational initiative that brings radiology trainees together and utilizes an institution's own leaders to teach is feasible and effective.

      Key Words


      ARBS (Academic Radiology Business Series), ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), ABR (American Board of Radiology), ACR (American College of Radiology), AUR (Association of University Radiologists), RLI (Radiology Leadership Institute)
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