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After-hours Coverage of Various Radiologic Subspecialties and Its Impact on the Fourth-year Radiology Residency Curriculum.
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PMID:  22929648     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: The modification of the initial radiology board exam series has as a concerted aim the promotion of subspecialization. Yet, in practice, fellowship-trained radiologists may be assigned to off-hours work in other diagnostic areas. The purpose of this study is to chart the prevalence of after-hour work among the various subspecialties in radiology and to relate those findings to the pertinence of a fourth-year training curriculum devoted to only one imaging discipline. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to members of Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments and to directors of the 50 largest American private radiology practices requesting that they list after-hours coverage obligations of their various subspecialists. RESULTS: Academic and private practice response rates were 40.8% (42 of 103) and 42% (21 of 50), respectively. In academic practice, 80% of neuroradiologists, 93% of interventional radiologists, and 84% of pediatric radiologists were not assigned after-hour coverage in other subspecialties. In private practice groups, only 24% of neuroradiologists, 48% of interventional radiologists, and 33% of pediatric radiologists were free of these duties. For other subspecialists, the likelihood of after-hours assignments to other disciplines was not so discrepant between academic and private practices. CONCLUSION: Residents pursuing an academic career in neuroradiology, interventional radiology, or pediatric radiology could benefit from a full fourth-year experience in their area of subspecialty, whereas a more variegated curriculum would be more suitable for other specialists independent of practice type.
Authors:
Lyndon Luk; Stephen R Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic radiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-4046     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Radiol     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440159     Medline TA:  Acad Radiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 AUR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Department of Radiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, 150 Bergen Street, RM C320, Newark, NJ, 07101.
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