Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rawson leads national initiative to develop teaching tools for residents

RawsonwebfrontDr. James V. Rawson, Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Imaging at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has spearheaded the development of a series of online lectures designed to help residents become better teachers.

Rawson, who chairs the American College of Radiology Committee of Government and Regulatory Issues in Academic Radiology, worked with fellow committee members Dr. Robert Novelline, Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Braxton Fields, MCG/GR Health Neuroradiology fellow, as well as the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology and the Association of Program Directors in Radiology, to develop the concise, free online lecture series.

The series, available at, was developed in response to a standard of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits medical schools and now requires that residency training include curriculum on how to teach.

It also was developed because of the reality that residents are regularly involved in medical student education. Residency, or graduate medical education, is a period of three to seven years following medical school when physicians continue their education in a particular medical specialty such as surgery, family medicine or radiology. At medical schools, residents provide a lot of the one-on-one teaching of third- and fourth-year medical students doing multi-week clinical rotations in hospitals and physician practices.

Rawson, Novelline and Fields first identified a list of topics with broad impact like problem- based learning and optimizing slide presentations then contacted experts in the areas and asked them to compress their typically longer curriculums into 10- to 15-minute Ted-like talks that could live online.

While developed by radiologists, the majority of the 13 lectures topics are applicable for a resident or faculty member in essentially any specialty, Rawson said.

To use the new tools on campus, Rawson first asked radiology faculty to the watch the talks then, starting this month, the short presentations have been incorporated into the residents’ already busy curriculum. He, Novelline and others will be monitoring activity at the site and making updates as needed.


Leave a Reply