Assessing radiology resident reporting skills

Kenneth B. Williamson, Jennifer L. Steele, Richard B. Gunderman, Terrence D. Wilkin, Robert D. Tarver, Valerie P. Jackson, Donald L. Kreipke

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PURPOSE: To develop an Objective Structured Clinical Examination for assessing the reporting skills of radiology residents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The approach used in this study derives from performance-based assessment, that is, tests in which actual performance of a skill is observed and measured. For this task, 29 radiology residents and five faculty members (n = 34) independently dictated reports regarding a set of 20 cases with radiographs in 1 hour. The task was performed in a controlled environment. Data were analyzed by using analysis of variance and tests for linear trends, with the expectation of increasing performance with increasing experience. RESULTS: Significant relationships were observed between subjects' experience and the mean number of cases completed (F = 4.46, P = .006), the mean number of well-specified impressions (F = 5.84, P = .001), and the mean number of urgent or discrepant findings noted (F = 3.67, P = .015). Results also demonstrated a clear linear trend of increasing performance with increasing experience with each variable (P = .002, <.001, and .002, respectively, for t tests with polynomial contrasts). CONCLUSION: The significant linear trends indicate that reporting skills increase with increasing experience in the program. This finding supports the validity of the measurement. The Objective Structured Clinical Examination provides a means of assessing radiology resident reporting skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-722
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Diagnostic radiology, observer performance
  • Radiology reporting systems Special Reports

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  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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    Williamson, K. B., Steele, J. L., Gunderman, R. B., Wilkin, T. D., Tarver, R. D., Jackson, V. P., & Kreipke, D. L. (2002). Assessing radiology resident reporting skills. Radiology, 225(3), 719-722.