Incorporation of a formalized emergency radiology curriculum to facilitate population of a MIRC-based digital teaching file

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Teaching files are integral to radiological training. Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine compatible digital radiological data and technological advances have made digital teaching files a desirable way to preserve and share representative and/or unusual cases for training purposes. The Medical Imaging Resource Community (MIRC) system developed by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is a robust multi-platform digital teaching file implementation that is freely available. An emergency radiology training curriculum developed by the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) was incorporated to determine if such an approach might facilitate the entry, maintenance, and cataloguing of interesting cases. The RSNA MIRC software was obtained from the main MIRC website and installed. A coding system was developed based on the outline form of the ASER curriculum. Weekly reports were generated tallying the number of cases in each category of the curriculum. Resident participation in the entry and maintenance of cases markedly increased after incorporation of the ASER curriculum. The coding schema facilitated progress assessment. Ultimately, 454 total cases were entered into the MIRC database, representing at least 42% of the subcategories within the ASER curriculum (161 out of 376). The incorporation of the ASER emergency radiology curriculum greatly facilitated the location, cataloguing, tracking, and maintenance of representative cases and served as an effective means by which to unify the efforts of the department to develop a comprehensive teaching resource within this subspecialty. This approach and format will be extended to other educational curricula in other radiological subspecialties.