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Contrast reaction training in US radiology residencies: a COARDRI study

      Highlights

      • Contrast reaction management training is increasingly incorporating simulation training and online content.
      • 89.4% of the radiology residency programs who responded provide didactic lectures.
      • 37.8% of radiology residency programs who responded provided hands-on simulation training.
      • Only 2.1% of the programs who responded to the survey provide pediatric contrast allergy simulation training.
      • 57.7% of programs indicated willingness to share their contrast reaction curriculum.
      • To address patient safety needs, it is imperative that a national curriculum be developed.

      Abstract

      Objective

      To perform a survey-based assessment of current contrast reaction training in US diagnostic radiology residency programs.

      Methods

      An electronic survey was distributed to radiology residency program directors from 9/2015–11/2015.

      Results

      25.7% of programs responded. 95.7% of those who responded provide contrast reaction management training. 89.4% provide didactic lectures (occurring yearly in 71.4%). 37.8% provide hands-on simulation training (occurring yearly in 82.3%; attended by both faculty and trainees in 52.9%).

      Conclusion

      Wide variability in contrast reaction education in US diagnostic radiology residency programs reveals an opportunity to develop and implement a national curriculum.

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