Background: The transition toward value-based payment models increases focus on the radiologist's direct impact on hospital-provided patient care. Radiology trainees understand inpatient hospital workflows and decision-making paradigms and are well positioned to interface directly with hospital physicians regarding clinical decision making related to diagnostic imaging and/or image guided interventions. A radiology resident-led project with internal medicine residents focused on Clinical Decision Support was designed, implemented, and reviewed, with the objectives of educating clinical teams and positively impacting patient care. Materials and Methods: During the 2017-2018 academic year, senior radiology residents (PGY-5) led weekly rounds with medicine residents rotating through inpatient floor units. During these rounds, they discussed indications for and types of hospital inpatient imaging studies, exchanged clinical information, directed further imaging workup, and taught the essentials of image interpretation. Participating medical residents’ degree of radiology-awareness and opinions were systematically surveyed at the conclusion of the academic year. Thirty-four out of a total of 161 (21%) Internal Medicine residents responded to the survey. Thirty one percent of these residents could identify an instance where radiology-led rounds altered patient management and 94% acknowledged an increase in medical knowledge. Sixty-one percent believed evidence-based choice for imaging orders was enhanced by attending radiology-led rounds and 64% developed a better understanding of resources available to guide image ordering. Forty-nine percent of residents made suggestions to their Internal Medicine attending physician or more senior trainee or otherwise applied something learned during radiology-led rounds and 42% cancelled or ordered a study based on what they learned or discussed in radiology rounds. Thirty-nine percent of medicine residents stated that these rounds changed their perception of the role of the radiologist and 75% expressed the desire to see increased participation by radiologists in their daily workflow. Radiology resident-led educational medicine rounds promote cross-specialty collaboration, further educate trainees, and directly affect patient management. It is therefore valuable for radiology trainees to directly engage in the teaching of other medical providers, to enhance their own consultative skill set, promote face-to-face interactions with other physicians, and to directly impact patient care.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging