Why Radiology Educators Should Embrace New Teaching Methods

Radiology Business (10/23/18) Walter, Michael

An analysis published in Academic Radiology emphasizes the need for radiology educators to update their training methods. The author of that report, Boston Medical Center's Kitt Shaffer, MD, PhD, says that current memorization-heavy testing approaches are unhelpful for trainees. Among the suggested alternative methods are audience response systems, distance-learning methods, flipped classrooms, and active learning, along with extra preparation and "flexibility to respond to questions." Shaffer explains that trainees need a better teaching strategy to ensure that they not only pass their credentialing exam but are capable of applying that knowledge in complex, real-world situations. "The digital natives that make up our trainees are no longer interested in learning from textbooks alone or watching digital slide presentations in a passive way during conferences," Shaffer notes. "They expect to be continuously connected and stimulated to participate. We owe it to them to provide education in a way that will engage them fully.”

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