Rationale and objectives: To measure perceptions of radiology residents regarding the imaging needs of the developing world and the potential role of an organized global health imaging curriculum during residency training.
Materials and methods: An electronic survey was created and then distributed to residents in accredited US radiology residency.
Results: Two hundred ninety-four residents responded to the survey. A majority (61%) planned to pursue future international medical aid work, even though a similar proportion (59%) believed that they would be ill-prepared with their current training to pursue this career goal. The vast majority (91%) of respondents stated that their residency program offers no opportunities to participate in global health imaging experiences. Most surveyed residents felt that an organized global health imaging curriculum would improve understanding of basic disease processes (87%) and cost-conscious care (82%), prepare residents for lifelong involvement in global health (80%), and increase interpretative skills in basic radiology modalities (73%). If such a curriculum were available, most (62%) of surveyed residents stated that they would be likely or very likely to participate. Many (58%) believed the availability of such a program would have influenced their choice of residency program; a similar proportion of residents (75%) believed that the availability of a global health imaging curriculum would increase recruitment to the field of radiology.
Conclusion: Many radiology residents are motivated to acquire global health imaging experience, with most survey respondents planning to participate in global health initiatives. These data demonstrate an imbalance between the level of resident interest and the availability of global health imaging opportunities, and support the need for discussion on how to implement global health imaging training within radiology residency programs.
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