CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · The Arab Journal of Interventional Radiology 2018; 02(03): S17-S18
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1730691

Reporting Early Results and Potential Impact of an Online Webinar-Based Interventional Radiology Elective

Vishal Kumar
University of California, San Francisco, US
Evan Lehrman
University of California, San Francisco, US
Maureen P Kohi
University of California, San Francisco, US
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Background: A review of the 2016–2017 American Association of Medical Colleges Total Enrollment by the United States of America (US) Medical School and Race/Ethnicity illustrates that medical student enrollment by race is not uniform across US medical schools. Previous studies have demonstrated a majority of medical students do not understand that radiologists perform interventional procedures, have a poor knowledge of IR, and are not interested in IR as a career. Interventional Radiology (IR) is now a new specialty and requires exposure and education at the medical student level. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a webinar-based IR elective for outreach to institutions without robust preclinical IR exposure. Methods: Between January and March of 2017, eight 50-min didactic sessions were broadcast, recorded, and distributed over the internet in the form of a webinar-based elective using GoToWebinar software (GoToWebinar, Boston, MA, USA). SIR Connect Portal and social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn were used for promotion and advertising. Registrants and attendance were measured at each session, including the location of all registrants/attendants. This information was cross-referenced with a list of IR Interest Groups, the SIR directory, and the list of approved IR residency and fellowship programs. Student perceptions of IR careers were surveyed after the first session and after the final elective sessions. All statistical analyses used Fisher's exact test. Results: An average of 65 individuals (range 88–46) registered for the weekly elective sessions from 92 distinct institutions. Geographically, registration included 29 states and 9 countries. Eight Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) medical programs were included (9%). A weekly average of 39 male (65%) and 20 female (35%) students registered. Registrants included first (26%), second (36%), third (27%), and fourth (12%) year medical students. Additional registrants included radiology technologist and nursing students, as well as administrative staff. Out of 83 US institutions, 62% did not have their own Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG) interest group, 57% did not have faculty listed in the SIR directory, and 74% did not have an integrated IR residency. Total attendance included 48 distinct institutions viewing five different countries, including 3 DO programs (6%). Weekly webinars averaged 30 attendants (range 10-56), with an average of 17 male (65%) and 20 female (35%) students. Of the total attendant institutions, 46% did not have their own IRIG interest group, 64% did not have faculty listed in the SIR directory, and 74% did not have an integrated IR residency. Conclusion: A webinar-based elective may serve as an effective method for increasing exposure to IR, especially for medical students at institutions and in regions without robust IR exposure.

Publication History

Article published online:
11 May 2021

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