There is no shortage of free open access medical education (FOAM) resources available to the current emergency medicine (EM) learner. It seems that no matter what the concept, FOAM has it covered. And radiology is no different. However, with a specialty as vast as radiology, finding educational material pertinent to the emergency practitioner can be overwhelming. The 2016-2017 ALiEM Chief Resident (CRincubator) class also encountered this when attempting to create an organized FOAM radiology curriculum for EM residents. To tackle this challenge, the chief residents have brought together the best online resources to help EM practitioners gain expertise in the field of radiology.
A collective of over 180 chief residents from across North America were asked to share their favorite radiology sources. Additionally, the internet, literature searches and a review of radiology education pages from major academic institutions were used to gather resources. The compiled material was reviewed by CRincubator collaborators to determine the pros and cons of each resource, the material covered, and how the content may be used in an educational context. Listed below are the sources that best filled a particular niche in radiology education for the EM provider.
Online Text: Radiology Assistant
Editors in Chief: Robin Smithius, MD; Otto van Delden, MD
|About||Educational site of the Radiological Society of the Netherlands with dedicated sections for each subspecialty of radiology|
Quick Reference: Radiopaedia
Founder/Editor in Chief: Frank Gaillard, MD
|About||Free educational radiology reference resource with one of the web’s largest collections of radiology cases and reference articles|
Tutorials/Reference For Beginners: Introduction to Radiology (UVA Health)
Creators/Authors: University of Virginia Health
|About||An online, interactive tutorial for introduction to radiology|
Smartphone App: Radiology 2.0 – One Night in the ED
|About||Introductory educational tool on the CT appearance of basic Emergency Department pathology|
Orthopedic Injuries: Orthobullets
Creator: Derek Moore, MD
|About||Free education site with classic images and management options designed primarily to prepare orthopedic surgeons for standardized exams|
A large number of educational radiology material are currently available. Some were found to be limited in scope, ease of use, free open access nature or general applicability for the EM physician. While these sources may have limitations they do have features that deserve honorable mention.
- Lieberman’s eRadiology
- Online video lectures/tutorials (some up to 90 minutes in length) similar to a classroom session on topics ranging from MRI to ultrasound, with minimal neuroradiology and limited navigability.
- Wayne State University Radiology Teaching File
- Simple hypertext document which is not easily searchable but with a large breadth of pathology based case discussion.
- Great learning modules on head and neck imaging using CT and MRI and large case library, but limited to neuroradiology.
- Radiology Masterclass
- Quick, simple tutorials on a breadth of material (abdomen, chest, and neurological) on a mobile-friendly website, but with minimal distinction between for-pay courses and free tutorials in a busy layout.