Radiology as personal knowledge

Benjamin R. Gray, J. Mark Mutz, Richard B. Gunderman

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of radiology learners building a personal knowledge of radiology through observation, trial and error, and meaningful interaction with educators rather than through memorization of rules and algorithms. CONCLUSION. To become a radiologist is to join a community, one shaped by countless predecessors and educators, including many whose distinctive contributions remain unknown. More-experienced radiologists have a crucial role in challenging learners and showing what knowledge, skill, experience, and judgment look like in practice, as opposed to on a page or in a diagram. Radiology educators must ensure that mere data transmission never supplants the “why” of becoming a radiologist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-238
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Education
  • Educators
  • Learners
  • Michael Polanyi
  • Personal knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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