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PearlTrees web-based interface for teaching informatics in the radiology residency
Author(s): Mindy Y. Licurse; Tessa S. Cook
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Paper Abstract

Radiology and imaging informatics education have rapidly evolved over the past few decades. With the increasing recognition that future growth and maintenance of radiology practices will rely heavily on radiologists with fundamentally sound informatics skills, the onus falls on radiology residency programs to properly implement and execute an informatics curriculum. In addition, the American Board of Radiology may choose to include even more informatics on the new board examinations. However, the resources available for didactic teaching and guidance most especially at the introductory level are widespread and varied. Given the breadth of informatics, a centralized web-based interface designed to serve as an adjunct to standardized informatics curriculums as well as a stand-alone for other interested audiences is desirable. We present the development of a curriculum using PearlTrees, an existing web-interface based on the concept of a visual interest graph that allows users to collect, organize, and share any URL they find online as well as to upload photos and other documents. For our purpose, the group of “pearls” includes informatics concepts linked by appropriate hierarchal relationships. The curriculum was developed using a combination of our institution’s current informatics fellowship curriculum, the Practical Imaging Informatics textbook1 and other useful online resources. After development of the initial interface and curriculum has been publicized, we anticipate that involvement by the informatics community will help promote collaborations and foster mentorships at all career levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9039, Medical Imaging 2014: PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations, 90390N (19 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2044374
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Mindy Y. Licurse, Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Tessa S. Cook, Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9039:
Medical Imaging 2014: PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations
Maria Y. Law; Tessa S. Cook, Editor(s)

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