Joseph E. and Nancy O. Whitley Award| Volume 30, ISSUE 6, P1173-1180, June 2023

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APDR Healthcare Disparities Curriculum Pilot: Helping Trainees Meet More Than a Milestone

      Rationale and Objectives

      In order to help program directors satisfy the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education common program requirement for health care disparities (HCD) education, a comprehensive web-based curriculum on HCDs in Radiology was developed. The curriculum was designed to educate trainees about existing HCDs, stimulate discussion, and spur research about HCDs in radiology. The curriculum was piloted to assess its educational value and feasibility.

      Material and Methods

      A comprehensive curriculum comprised of four modules (1) Introduction to HCDs in Radiology, (2) Types of HCDs in Radiology, (3) Actions to Address HCDs in Radiology, and (4) Cultural Competency was created and housed on the Associate of Program Directors in Radiology website. Various educational media including recorded lectures or PowerPoint presentations, small group discussions, and journal clubs were employed. A pilot program was initiated to evaluate the benefits of this curriculum for resident education and consisted of a pre- and post-curriculum test for trainees, an experience survey for trainees, and a pre- and post-administration survey for facilitators.


      Forty-seven radiology residency programs participated in the pilot of the HCD curriculum. Of those facilitating the curriculum, 83% indicated lack of standardized curriculum as a perceived barrier to implementing a HCD curriculum at their program on the pre-survey. Trainee knowledge scores increased from 65% (pre) to 67% (post) (p = 0.05). Following curriculum participation, residents indicated an increase in adequate understanding of HCDs in Radiology (81% post vs. 45% pre). Most program directors (75%) found the curriculum easy to implement.


      This pilot study demonstrated that the APDR Health Care Disparities curriculum increased trainee awareness of HCDs. The curriculum also provided a forum for important discussions about HCDs.

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