In this presentation, Dr. Lisa Obert, a radiology resident at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, will discuss how report templates are saving interventional radiologists, fellows, and residents 30 to 60 minutes per day in exam report preparation. For first-year residents, the time savings is even greater: one to two hours of efficiency gain each day.
Obert and colleagues conducted a multi-institutional survey of radiology residents and residency program coordinators to determine interventional radiology template availability, its use, perceived time saved, effect on trainee education, whether trainees should use templates, and report accuracy. They sent surveys to 186 radiology program coordinators for distribution and 77 interventional program coordinators.
The responses from 219 residents and 17 interventional radiologists provided some answers. Ninety-five percent of the residents and 15 of the interventional radiologists had access to structured report templates; 176 residents and 12 of the radiologists routinely used them.
Interventional radiologists weren't as keen on residents' use of the templates as the residents were, however. Almost one-third stated that they hindered education, whereas this opinion was shared by very few residents. Accuracy of reporting could not be determined by the survey responses.
In addition to presenting survey results, Obert will also demonstrate some template shortcuts.