The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a paradigm shift in traditional radiology education. Conventional teaching and imaging review at the Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) workstation and didactic group lectures/case conferences are no longer feasible due to physical distancing requirements. We will discuss our implementation of a videoconferencing system, including web cameras for virtual PACS image review and teaching as well as for didactic lectures/case conferences. We discuss the importance of social inclusiveness and well-being in radiology education while physically distanced, to prevent feelings of isolation. Many faculty and learners reported virtual PACS learning is nearly identical to in person learning. Learners and faculty reported feeling less isolated when they could communicate verbally and visually through videoconferencing. Visual interaction increased feelings of social inclusiveness and well-being. Visual cues help gauge learner engagement and understanding. Physical distancing requirements of the COVID-19 world pandemic have dramatically altered radiology education. Creative use of videoconferencing can alleviate loss of educational opportunities and can create a sense of social well-being.
Elman, S and Jennifer S. Weaver. "Virtual Radiology Education During the COVID-19 World Pandemic." (2021). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hsc_ed_day/93