E-ISSN 1305-3612
Interventional Radiology - Original Article
Awareness of interventional radiology before professional training and outcome measurement of an interventional radiology curriculum: a survey of third-year undergraduates in a Chinese medical college
1 Department of Interventional Radiology, Qingdao Municipal Hospital, Shandong, China; Clinical Medical College, Qingdao University, Shandong, China  
Diagn Interv Radiol ; : -


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to both assess the awareness of IR among medical students, and to evaluate an interventional radiology curriculum in China.


METHODS: Between the 2008 and 2016 academic years, 517 third-year medical undergraduates who successfully applied for an IR curriculum received a survey related to IR before taking the course. Final exams were conducted after the IR course.


RESULTS: A total of 355 of the 517 medical students (68.67%) answered the survey. 81.97% of the respondents had heard of IR, 40.28% believed they understood what IR is, but no one was familiar with IR. The four most common pathways for medical students to acquire IR knowledge were via new media (e.g. Internet, apps) (42.82%), a teacher/textbook (36.90%), a friend (32.68%), and traditional media (26.48%). The most familiar interventional procedures to respondents were percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA, 78.59%) and transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE, 44.51%). The results of the survey also indicated that 68.45% of the respondents wanted to learn about IR, but that only 47 male students (13.24%) considered a career in IR. The pass rate of the IR course final exam was 87.04%, i.e. 87.04% of the students successfully completed the course and final exam.


CONCLUSION: The IR knowledge of medical students in China is worse than that of European medical students. We suggest that providing medical students with general information about IR in the media, as well as via teaching and textbooks in medical school, requires prompt and significant attention.  An IR curriculum is beneficial for increasing the IR knowledge of undergraduates.

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