November 24, 2017By Lance Baily

Radiology Journal: Simulation Training Increases Confidence in Medical Students recently shared a new study published by Journal of the American College of Radiology, where a team of researchers from the University of Colorado and Philips Healthcare Analytics and Radiology Solutions evaluated the effectiveness of implementing a vendor-specific picture archiving and communication system (PACS) application into simulation-based curriculum in undergraduate medical education.  These types of collaborative research projects provide the evidence necessary to continue to push simulation from early-adopter utilization to total laggard adoption! Excerpt from

This simulation PACS was developed in collaboration with Philips Healthcare, according to the study, and specifically allowed the tested group of medical students to use a viewer application as a part of their curriculum. Tools available to students included measurements, window and leveling capacities, comparison with prior images, enterprise image access and zero footprint viewing.

“Fictionalized patient names and medical records are displayed on the TPACS work list, and students review these cases in teams,” said lead author Nicole Restauri, MD, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “The curriculum requires learners to interpret radiologic examinations while answering a series of related questions on pathophysiology, imaging utilization, and patient safety.”

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“Increased confidence using PACS is a skill directly transferable to achieving competency in systems-based practice and has the potential to translate to safer and more cost-effective patient care,” Restauri said.

According to survey results, medical students reported statistically significant confidence improvement in 2016 compared in 2015. Results showed a 60 percent increase from 2015 to 2016 in the medical students claiming to be confident they could use PACS to interpret radiology imaging.

Read the full article on the Journal of the American College of Radiology Website!

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