Rationale and Objectives. The American Association of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2) conducts an annual survey of residency training programs. The survey data allow comparative analyses to be performed among training programs regarding resident education, benefits, clinical demands, and other resident-related issues. Materials and Methods. Questionnaires were mailed to all accredited programs registered in the A3CR2 database (150 total programs). The yearly questions address demographic information concerning the individual programs including academic affiliation, number of radiologic examinations performed per resident, changes in the number of residents per program, and financial compensation. The rotating questions, which are revisited every 4 years, focused on preparation for the American Board of Radiology examinations, educational issues, and employment outlook. Results. Completed surveys were received from 55 programs (37.3%). Among the responses, three issues prevailed: (a) increased number of examinations performed per resident, with resultant decrease in educational time, (b) decreased quality of education in all sections of radiology and decreased number of educational conferences, and (c) improved employment outlook, but continued trend of fewer residents choosing a career in academics. Conclusion. The current boom in the radiology job market and the increased number of radiologic examinations performed annually appear to adversely affect radiologic education through a decreased number of conferences and an increased number of radiologic examinations performed per resident.
- Radiology and radiologists
- Residency training