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Musculoskeletal radiology teaching at a UK medical school-do we need to improve?

Marino, Katherine; Merrick, Deborah; Edwards, Kimberley; Pratten, Margaret

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Katherine Marino

Professor of Sport, exercise and Nutrition Education

Margaret Pratten


The United Kingdom is currently facing crisis due to a shortage of radiology consultants despite ever‐increasing demand for medical imaging. The specifics of how best to teach radiology has generated increasing interest. This study aims to determine whether musculoskeletal (MSK) radiology teaching at the University of Nottingham (UoN) Medical School is perceived to be satisfactory by medical students, Foundation‐Year doctors, and senior medical professionals in preparing students for the demands working as Foundation‐Year doctors. Questionnaires were distributed to all medical students and Foundation‐Year doctors that graduated from UoN (n = 307). Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with consultants and teaching staff (n = 13). Forty‐nine percent of preclinical medical students, 43% of clinical students and 27% of Foundation‐Year doctors thought MSK radiology teaching was not sufficient in preparing them for the radiology challenges Foundation‐Year doctors’ face. This difference was statistically significant (P < 0.001). The consensus from senior medical professionals was that MSK Radiology teaching is currently adequate and producing competent students. Interestingly, only 5% of students were considering a career in radiology compared to 34% of Foundation‐Year doctors. Overall, there seems to be concern among students regarding MSK radiology teaching and students have a lack of confidence with MSK radiology. Foundation‐Year doctors and senior medical professionals do not share this view. This may be due to medical students’ lack of clarity on what is required of them. Formal documentation of set learning objectives for MSK radiology throughout the curriculum may address this.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 5, 2018
Publication Date May 1, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 6, 2019
Print ISSN 1935-9772
Electronic ISSN 1935-9780
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 257-263
Public URL
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Marino, K. , Merrick, D. , Edwards, K. and Pratten, M. (2019), Musculoskeletal Radiology Teaching at a UK Medical School: Do We Need to Improve?. American Association of Anatomists. doi:10.1002/ase.1834 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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