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The state of emergency radiology fellowships in North America and the development of a standardized curriculum

Emerg Radiol. 2018 Nov 29. doi: 10.1007/s10140-018-1657-0. [Epub ahead of print]

Authors: Chahine AH1, Hanna TN1, Myers L2, Kumaravel M3, Herr KD4.



The number of emergency radiology (ER) training programs in North America is small compared to the projected growth in demand for ER-trained radiologists. To date, there is no consensus-based training curriculum that sets a standard for all ER fellowship training programs. This study seeks to (1) identify the programmatic measures currently used in North American ER fellowship programs and (2) gather the perspectives of existing ER fellowship program directors (PD) and their recommendations for minimum and ideal curricular standards.


We distributed an 18-question survey to the PDs of every North American ER fellowship program (Nā€‰=ā€‰15). Surveys were completed during the 2016-2017 academic year. We performed a cross-sectional analysis to gain an understanding of existing training curricula, expected areas of competency by the end-of-training, and PD opinions of what a standard ER training curriculum should contain.


The data revealed heterogeneity in programmatic structure across the continent, as well as some areas of agreement. PD suggestions for a standard ER training curriculum showed consistency in many areas, including competency and proficiency expectations and clinical exposures, with some variability. These data were used to inform the creation of the first curricular standard for ER fellowship training.


This study yielded the creation of a standard fellowship training resource for the field of ER. This deliverable serves as a curricular guideline for existing ER fellowships, as well as a model for new ER fellowship programs.

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