Radiology-Pathology Conference: Reviving the Art of Oral Case Presentation in Residency

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Abstract

Rationale and Objectives: To improve resident oral case communication and preparatory skills by providing residents an opportunity to prepare for and conduct a new interdisciplinary Radiology-Pathology (Rad-Path) conference series. Materials and Methods: To assess whether conference goals were being achieved, we surveyed trainees and attendings in the radiology and pathology departments. Percentages were examined for each variable. Mann-Whitney U test for ordinal variable significance was applied to determine statistical significance between radiology trainee and attending survey responses. Results: Most surveyed radiology trainees (57.1%) strongly agreed or agreed with: "I wish I felt more comfortable with oral presentations." Sixty-five percent of radiology attendings (34 of 52) either agreed or strongly agreed that the residents should be more comfortable with oral case presentations. Of resident Rad-Path conference presenters, 69% (9 of 13) either agreed or strongly agreed that the conference improved their confidence and/or ability to present case information orally. Of responders who attended at least one Rad-Path conference in person, 83% of residents (19/23) and 61% (17/28) of attendings agreed or strongly agreed that the conference improved their ability to formulate a differential diagnosis. Using the Mann-Whitney U test, no significant difference was found between radiology trainees and attendings' responses. Conclusions: Our Rad-Path correlation conference was specifically designed and structured to provide residents with focused experience in formal oral case preparation and presentation. We consider our conference a success, with 69% of resident presenters reporting that the Rad-Path conference improved their confidence and/or ability to present case information orally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Radiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 13 2016

Keywords

  • Radiology-pathology conference
  • Resident education
  • Value-added

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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