Radiology curriculum topics for medical students: students' perspectives.

Rathan M. Subramaniam, Vaughan Beckley, Michael Chan, Tina Chou, Peter Scally

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: We sought to establish medical students' perspectives of a set of curriculum topics for radiology teaching. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A multicenter study was conducted in New Zealand. A modified Delphi method was adopted. Students enrolled in two New Zealand Universities received a questionnaire. Each learning topic was graded on a scale of 1 (very strongly disagree) to 6 (very strongly agree). Students could also put forward and grade suggestions that were not on the questionnaire. RESULTS: Of 200 questionnaires, 107 were returned. Fifty male and 57 female students participated, with an average age of 23.7 years. The five highest ranking curriculum topics in order of importance were developing a system for viewing chest radiographs (5.77, SD 0.7), developing a system for viewing abdominal radiographs (5.66, SD 0.8), developing a system for viewing bone and joint radiographs (5.56, SD 0.8), distinguishing normal structures from abnormal in chest and abdominal radiographs (5.38, SD 0.9), and identifying gross bone or joint abnormalities in skeletal radiographs (5.29, SD 0.9). CONCLUSION: Medical students want to know how to look at radiographs, how to distinguish normal from abnormal, and how to identify gross abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-884
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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