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Development, Implementation, and Assessment of a Quality, Research, Education, and Wellness (QREW) Professional Development Lecture Series for Radiology Faculty

Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2023 Aug 26:S0363-0188(23)00124-X. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2023.08.008. Online ahead of print.


RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Professional development is important to academic radiologists. We developed, implemented, and assessed an internal professional development lecture series focusing on the non-interpretative themes of Quality, Research, Education, and Wellness (QREW).

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The faculty of a 29-member abdominal radiology division at an academic hospital were invited to deliver 1-hour virtual lectures on noninterpretative topics to division colleagues. Topics were curated by division leadership based on the perceived needs of faculty. Anonymous feedback was collected from attendees for quality improvement purposes and analyzed using descriptive statistics and Fisher’s exact test.

RESULTS: Over 17 months, 13 QREW lectures were delivered. In total, 91 feedback forms were completed by faculty (mean 7 forms, range 2-12 per session). Of these, 57 responses (63%) were by those <7 years post training (“junior faculty”), 34 responses (37%) by those ≥ 7 years from training (“senior faculty”). Most respondents reported low levels of prior instruction (80/90, 89%) and personal knowledge (49/91, 54%) on topics. Compared to senior faculty, a greater proportion of junior faculty reported less prior instruction (73% vs 98%, P < 0.001) and less personal knowledge (32% vs 65%, P < 0.01). Most respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the topics were important to their clinical practice (87/90, 97%), professional development (86/90, 96%), and personal well-being (82/91, 90%). Faculty identified the QREW program as a major contributor to their professional development.

CONCLUSION: A noninterpretative professional development lecture series delivered by radiology faculty in a virtual, interactive format is feasible and effective, particularly for junior faculty.

PMID:37716856 | DOI:10.1067/j.cpradiol.2023.08.008

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