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Radiology Resident Training: Europe versus America

December 15, 2008
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In many respects, the education of radiology residents in Europe is at
variance with radiology training in the United States. Fundamental differences
exist in prerequisites, length of training, modes of education, curriculum
requirements, and availability of sub-specialty experience, both in training
and practice.

In general, comparisons between training programs are a façade, but an
underlying fact must be underscored. Europe consists of 50-plus countries,
each with differing systems of care and, among them, differing commitments to
radiology, and especially to training patterns.

Attempts at integration of requirements are being made, but variations are
wide and somewhat resistant to amelioration and accommodation in pursuit of a
common curriculum.

Moreover, the emphasis in Europe is on the production of general radiologists—
not super specialists—distinctively divergent from the attention and focus of
direction of American radiology programs, as emphasized by recent changes in
the American Board of Radiology’s reorientation of the oral exam in content,
context and timing.

Reference
Stephen R. Baker, MD:
The Training of Radiology Residents in Europe in Comparison With American
Programs.

In many respects, the education of radiology residents in Europe is at variance with radiology training in the United States. Fundamental differences exist in prerequisites, length of training, modes of education, curriculum requirements, and availability of sub-specialty experience, both in training and practice. In general, comparisons between training programs are a façade, but an underlying fact must be underscored. Europe consists of 50-plus countries, each with differing systems of care and, among them, differing commitments to radiology, and especially to training patterns. Attempts at integration of requirements are being made, but variations are wide and somewhat resistant to amelioration and accommodation in pursuit of a common curriculum. Moreover, the emphasis in Europe is on the production of general radiologists— not super specialists—distinctively divergent from the attention and focus of direction of American radiology programs, as emphasized by recent changes in the American Board of Radiology's reorientation of the oral exam in content, context and timing. Reference Stephen R. Baker, MD: The Training of Radiology Residents in Europe in Comparison With American Programs. [text_ad]
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