The introduction of an undergraduate interventional radiology (IR) curriculum: impact on medical student knowledge and interest in IR

Shaikh, M., Shaygi, B., Asadi, H., Thanaratnam, P., Pennycooke, K., Mirza, M. and Lee, M. 2016, The introduction of an undergraduate interventional radiology (IR) curriculum: impact on medical student knowledge and interest in IR, Cardiovascular and interventional radiology, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 514-521, doi: 10.1007/s00270-015-1215-z.

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Title The introduction of an undergraduate interventional radiology (IR) curriculum: impact on medical student knowledge and interest in IR
Author(s) Shaikh, M.
Shaygi, B.
Asadi, H.ORCID iD for Asadi, H.
Thanaratnam, P.
Pennycooke, K.
Mirza, M.
Lee, M.
Journal name Cardiovascular and interventional radiology
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 514
End page 521
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1432-086X
Keyword(s) Arterial intervention
Interventional oncology
Non-vascular interventions
Venous intervention
Summary INTRODUCTION: Interventional radiology (IR) plays a vital role in modern medicine, with increasing demand for services, but with a shortage of experienced interventionalists. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of a recently introduced IR curriculum on perception, knowledge, and interest of medical students regarding various aspects of IR. METHODS: In 2014, an anonymous web-based questionnaire was sent to 309 4th year medical students in a single institution within an EU country, both before and after delivery of a 10-h IR teaching curriculum. RESULTS: Seventy-six percent (236/309) of the respondents participated in the pre-IR module survey, while 50 % (157/309) responded to the post-IR module survey. While 62 % (147/236) of the respondents reported poor or no knowledge of IR compared to other medical disciplines in the pre-IR module survey, this decreased to 17 % (27/157) in the post-IR module survey. The correct responses regarding knowledge of selected IR procedures improved from 70 to 94 % for venous access, 78 to 99 % for uterine fibroid embolization, 75 to 97 % for GI bleeding embolization, 60 to 92 % for trauma embolization, 71 to 92 % for tumor ablation, and 81 to 94 % for angioplasty and stenting in peripheral arterial disease. With regard to knowledge of IR clinical roles, responses improved from 42 to 59 % for outpatient clinic review of patients and having inpatient beds, 63-76 % for direct patient consultation, and 43-60 % for having regular ward rounds. The number of students who would consider a career in IR increased from 60 to 73 %. CONCLUSION: Delivering an undergraduate IR curriculum increased the knowledge and understanding of various aspects of IR and also the general enthusiasm for pursuing this specialty as a future career choice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00270-015-1215-z
Field of Research 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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