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Clinical Embryology Education: How are our radiology trainees Developing?

William B. Zucconi, DO

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Congenital malformations and their sequelae are frequently encountered in radiology practice. A basic knowledge of clinically relevant embryology is therefore important. In training, radiology residents must learn to recognize and accurately classify these potentially complex three-dimensional anatomic aberrations across multiple organ systems. In our program, clinical embryology as it relates to abnormal morphogenesis is not a formal component of the residency curriculum. Surveyed residents and fellows view these topics as important to their specialty, but perceive their knowledge base as inadequate. They indicate a desire for additional training and a preference for a clinically oriented educational module employing three-dimensional embryonic animation over a standard textbook format. The vertical integration of such a module across preclinical, clinical and graduate medical education domains is considered.

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