The use of Cross Institution Collaboration and Radiology Symposia to Increase Underrepresented Minority Exposure to, and Engagement with, Radiology
Background: Exposure to radiology is highly variable across medical schools. Many schools, disproportionally those with a high enrollment of underrepresented minorities, have limited exposure to radiology. At the same time, radiology lags significantly behind other specialties in terms of trainee diversity. Objective: The impact that a school with an established radiology program can have on increasing interest and recruitment from surrounding programs without substantial radiology exposure through cross-institutional collaborations developed through small interventions including symposia and mentorship is examined. Methods: After a program with a radiology residency and established radiology interest group hosted a radiology simulation symposium, faculty from the host institution reached out to medical students in attendance from a neighboring program without either. This neighboring institution has amongst the highest rates of underrepresented minorities in the United States. This resulted in a new collaboration between the two institutions. Outcomes from the collaboration were analyzed in 2020. Results: This new collaboration resulted in the establishment of a radiology interest group at the neighboring institution, two annual core curriculum radiology lectures, a 600% increase in radiology shadowing from the neighboring medical school students, as well as multiple peer-reviewed publications and national meeting presentations from members of the neighboring school’s interest group under the mentorship of radiology faculty at the host program. Conclusions: Symposia and methodical outreach are an effective tool to incorporate more students from surrounding programs with limited exposure to radiology, thereby increasing interest and recruitment and potentially increasing diversity within radiology residency.
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