Our program is based on four tenets
- Talking at the student is not teaching
- Hybrid classroom to improve engagement
- Questions to provide feedback and assessment
- ABR Core Examination Focus
Many didactic lectures are based on the model of lecturing to students for hours on end. While the teacher can feel like he has told the students “everything they need to know” it does not mean the student has learned anything – only that the teacher has talked at them a lot.
Our lessons are based on a hybrid classroom where the student is expected to review a limited amount of material before lecture. Our lectures then highlight key points, put difficult concepts into context, and focus on applying that knowledge by answering questions. This helps engage the student and ensure that they master the key points which will help them understand subtle details.
Interactive questions during lecture are an important part of our method. By having questions constitute 50% of the lecture we help ensure active learning and interactive engagement by the students thus increasing the knowledge they retain and giving them practice in not only memorizing, but applying that knowledge. These questions also let us track a student’s progress. Comprehensive tests are given after each of the lecture sets to determine the student’s current level of understanding. Further, analysis of the student’s progress, performance, and attendance are provided to the program director for review.
We believe that physics is a fundamental part of being a good radiologist and hope that our lectures provide content that the resident will use throughout their career. However, we also recognize that the first step on that path is passing the ABR Core Examination. We have designed this course with that in mind by delivering high yield content based and ABR-style questions.
Our method aims to take the pain out of learning radiologic physics and prepare the student so they can confidently go into the ABR Core Examination and know that the “physics section” will not be a problem.