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Radiology requesting and interpretation: Can the confidence of final year medical students be improved, in preparation for foundation doctor on-calls?
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Poster Title: Radiology requesting and interpretation: Can the confidence of final year medical students be improved, in preparation for foundation doctor on-calls?
Submitted on 13 Sep 2018
Author(s): Dr Sophie Kendall, Dr Robert Wise, Dr Motahare Yadegarfar & Dr Fraser Millard
Affiliations: South Warwickshire Foundation Trust
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Abstract: Aims: Improve confidence of final year medical students’ in requesting and reviewing radiology, in preparation for starting work as a foundation doctor.

Objectives: Students confidence of:
• When to request radiology at common on call scenarios
• Interpretation of plain chest radiographs
• Abdominal plain film interpretation
• Ball and socket joints - musculoskeletal plain film interpretation

Methods: Review of final year medical students’ pre and post, self-completed survey of confidence in requesting & interpreting common radiology investigations. Students participated in a ‘crash course’, one off 2.5hr hour event entitled: Radiology for the On-call FY1: A Crash Course. The regional teaching event was held at Warwick hospital for students in West Midlands South. The intensive session covered common scenarios faced by the FY1 on call. Discrete data from the students of the subjective confidence was compared in the same individuals before and after the learning event.

Results: Significant increase in final year medical students’ confidence when requesting and reviewing radiology.

Analysis: Anxiety can be high prior to embarking on first on call shifts as a foundation doctor. We have found that the transition from student to doctor can be enhanced by an educational ‘crash course’.

Conclusion: Increased confidence of new junior doctors hopefully leading to improved patient care and management with use of appropriate radiological investigations.

Recommendations: Radiology for the On-call FY1: A Crash Course could be repeated and replicated in other areas to reach a larger audience.
Summary: Can the confidence of final year medical students be improved, in preparation for foundation doctor on-calls?
Students participated in a ‘crash course’, one off 2.5hr hour event entitled: Radiology for the On-call FY1: A Crash Course. Pre and post questionnaires showed an increase in final year medical students’ confidence when requesting and reviewing radiology.
References: Brennan, N. , Corrigan, O. , Allard, J. , Archer, J. , Barnes, R. , Bleakley, A. , Collett, T. and De Bere, S. R. (2010), The transition from medical student to junior doctor: today’s experiences of Tomorrow’s Doctors. Medical Education, 44: 449-458. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2009.03604.x
Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/1322/made
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