The pursuit of radiology training in times of a pandemic

BJR Open. 2020 Sep 7;2(1):20200039. doi: 10.1259/bjro.20200039. eCollection 2020.


The Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has been the greatest challenge faced by the National Health Service (NHS) in its lifetime. The crisis has seen the disruption of many long-held institutions, most critically of which is specialty training. In this article, we discuss the impact of the pandemic on Radiology training in the UK. We explore the methods that have been used to combat these difficulties and suggest workable solutions. As technology platforms become ever more integral to our daily clinical routines, we discuss how these offer a new approach to training. We argue that, of all the medical disciplines, radiologists are best placed to design and implement technology-based training, and lead other specialties in doing so. Whilst the upheaval of traditional approaches to education is a challenge, we propose that this departure from the norm offers exciting opportunities for improvement.