Mobile Technology in Radiology Resident Education

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Aiham C. Korbage, MD, Harprit S. Bedi, MD
Department of Radiology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Journal of the American College of Radiology
Volume 9, Issue 6 , Pages 426-429, June 2012
Purpose
The authors hypothesized that ownership of a mobile electronic device would result in more time spent learning radiology. Current trends in radiology residents’ studying habits, their use of electronic and printed radiology learning resources, and how much of the funds allotted to them are being used toward printed vs electronic education tools were assessed in this study.
Methods
A survey study was conducted among radiology residents across the United States from June 13 to July 5, 2011. Program directors listed in the Association of Program Directors in Radiology e-mail list server received an e-mail asking for residents to participate in an online survey. The questionnaire consisted of 12 questions and assessed the type of institution, the levels of training of the respondents, and book funds allocated to residents. It also assessed the residents’ study habits, access to portable devices, and use of printed and electronic radiology resources.
Results
Radiology residents are adopters of new technologies, with 74% owning smart phones and 37% owning tablet devices. Respondents spend nearly an equal amount of time learning radiology from printed textbooks as they do from electronic resources. Eighty-one percent of respondents believe that they would spend more time learning radiology if provided with tablet devices.
Conclusions
There is considerable use of online and electronic resources and mobile devices among the current generation of radiology residents. Benefits, such as more study time, may be obtained by radiology programs that incorporate tablet devices into the education of their residents.
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