The training experience in interventional radiology (IR) residency programs varies widely across the country. The introduction of an IR training pathway has provided the impetus for the specialty to better define outstanding IR education and for programs to rethink how their curricula prepare IR trainees for real-world practice. Although ACGME competencies define several training components that are necessary for independent practice, few quantitative or qualitative studies have explored current perceptions on what constitutes optimal IR training. Our goal was to qualitatively explore program training features deemed most important to adequately prepare IR physicians for practice and assess whether there were differences in perception between academic and nonacademic practices.Semistructured interviews were conducted with 71 IR attending physicians, trainees, and support staff across the United States. All interviews were performed over the telephone by a single researcher for consistency and systematically coded by two independent coders for common themes. Frequency and prevalence of themes and facilitating features were analyzed.The most frequently perceived facilitating features included longitudinal patient care experience, practice-building education, interspecialty collaboration exposure, broad case mix, clinical decision-making exposure, diagnostic radiology training, procedural skills training, and graduated autonomy. Comparing nonacademic versus academic practice settings, significantly more nonacademic IR attending physicians expressed practice-building education (prevalence 72% versus 42%, frequency 2.2 versus 0.7, P < .01) as an important training experience.An understanding of perceived facilitating features for optimal IR trainee preparation, including potentially different needs between academic and nonacademic practices, can help programs prepare their trainees for a successful transition into practice.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jacr.2022.01.011
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