A Survey of Imaging Informatics Fellowships and Their Curricula: Current State Assessment

Brianna L. Vey, T. S. Cook, Paul G Nagy, R. J. Bruce, R. W. Filice, K. C. Wang, N. M. Safdar

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Abstract

In a 2016 survey of imaging informatics (“II”) fellowship graduates, the surveyed fellowship graduates expressed the “opinion that II fellowships needed further formalization and standardization” Liao et al. (J Digit Imaging, 2016). This, coupled with the fact that the original published “standardized” curriculum is about 15 years out of date in our rapidly changing systems, suggests an opportunity for curriculum improvement. Before agreeing on improved structural and content suggestions for fellowships, we completed a current-state assessment of how each fellowship organizes its education and what requirements each have for fellowship completion. In this work, we aimed to collect existing information about imaging informatics fellowship curricula by contacting institutions across the country. A survey was completed by phone with the fellowship directors of existing imaging informatics fellowships across the country. Additionally, we collected existing documentation that outlines the curricula currently in use at institutions. We reviewed both the interview responses and documentation to assess overlapping trends and institutional differences in curriculum structure and content. All fellowships had suggested reading lists, didactic lectures, and a required project for each fellow. There were required practicum activities or teaching experience each in two fellowships, and one fellowship had a mandatory certification requirement for graduation. Curriculum topics in Technical Informatics or Business and Management were covered by a majority of institutions, while Quality and Safety and Research topics had inconsistent coverage across fellowships. Our plan is to reengage II fellowship directors to develop a core curriculum, which is part of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine strategic plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Academics
  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Fellowship
  • Imaging informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications

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