Becoming an Expert Radiology Educator Through Deliberate Practice

Published:October 22, 2022DOI:
      Experts are extraordinary individuals that are experienced, respected, and exceptionally skilled in their fields of interest. To be considered an expert academic radiologist, one must excel at accurately interpreting imaging studies, conduct impactful research, and be a skilled educator, colloquially known as the “triple threat.” Radiology training during residency and fellowship focuses primarily on developing proficiency in the imaging evaluation and image-guided procedures, with few radiologists receiving formal training in teaching or educational theory (
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      ). Therefore, becoming an expert radiology educator is a challenge that takes strong individual motivation as well as years, if not decades, of practice. By applying the principles of “deliberate practice,” an evidence-based strategy to improve performance, radiologists can more effectively and efficiently improve their teaching skills in the pursuit of expertise.
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