Implementation of Medical Students as Radiology Reading Room Coordinators

Nicolas Gillingham, Divya Gupta, Amita Kamath, Alexander Kagen

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Objective: Effort has been made to minimize the burden of non-interpretive tasks (NITs), in particular by hiring and training non-radiologist support staff as reading room coordinators (RRCs). Our medical center recruited and trained senior medical students from our affiliated school of medicine to work alongside on-call radiology residents as RRCs. Methods: A 12-month Malpractice Carrier monetary grant was acquired to fund medical students at with the aim to reduce malpractice risk. After the first year, residents were surveyed regarding the impact of the RRCs on perceived on-call efficiency and morale. Furthermore, report turnaround times (TAT) on call shifts that were and were not accompanied by a RRC were compared. Results: 89 % of residents strongly agreed that the RRC improved workflow efficiency, decreased distractions, and felt less stressed during the call shift when the RRC was on duty. 78 % strongly agreed to be more likely to contact a referring clinician when the RRC was able to help coordinate. The mean TAT in the presence of a RRC was 36.8 min, and the mean TAT in the absence of a RRC was 36.9 min Discussion: After hiring medical students to assist on-call radiology residents with noninterpretive tasks, residents reported subjective indicators of program success, but average report turnaround time was unaffected. Nevertheless, we predict that this type of program will continue to grow among academic radiology departments, though additional research is required to evaluate national trends and impacts on radiologist productivity and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-153
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024


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