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Should there be greater exposure to interventional radiology in the undergraduate curriculum?

Authors Ojha U, Mohammed R, Vivekanantham S

Received 11 April 2017

Accepted for publication 8 October 2017

Published 11 December 2017 Volume 2017:8 Pages 791—795

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S139298

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder


Utkarsh Ojha,1 Raihan Mohammed,2 Sayinthen Vivekanantham3

1Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, 2Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 3University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Abstract: Medical imaging has been one of the most revolutionary innovations in medicine. Today, as health care professionals shift their focus toward more sophisticated technology and minimally invasive procedures, interventional radiology (IR) has become a rapidly expanding specialty. Despite these advances, there is a lack of doctors specializing in this field. A growing body of evidence suggests that the low number of applicants for posts may be due to poor exposure to the specialty at medical school. In this article, we outline the importance of IR in today’s health care system. Next, we evaluate the evidence that there is a lack of knowledge of IR not only among medical students in the UK but globally. We further discuss how a more effective incorporation of IR in the undergraduate curriculum can enhance medical students’ interest in the field and subsequently increase the number of doctors specializing in IR. Finally, we suggest alternative strategies to gauge medical students’ interest in IR, including teaching via e-learning and virtual reality.

Keywords: interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, innovation, medical education, e-learning, virtual reality

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