Structured Reports and Radiology Residents: Friends or Foes?

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Structured reports offer overall improvement in quality and safety, largely centered upon more effective communication. Structured reporting is helpful to trainees as a method to develop organized search patterns and include pertinent positive and negative findings. However, limitations of structured report use include lack of development of individualized search patterns and failure to recognize key elements of the report to be formulated in the impression. Instruction on the value of a structured reporting approach, its impact on patient care and clinical service, and compliance with billing requirements must be balanced with early and consistent feedback on appropriate use and reporting errors. It is incumbent upon radiology educators to integrate and optimize structured reporting in the learning environment. This manuscript addresses the impact of structured reporting on radiology education, reviewing quality and safety considerations, detailing benefits and drawbacks for trainees, and offering strategies for optimizing the use of structured reporting/templates in the training environment.