Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Breast Imaging Education

James S. Chalfant, Sarah M. Pittman, Pranay D. Kothari, Alice Chong, Lars J. Grimm, Rita E. Sohlich, Jessica W.T. Leung, John R. Downey, Ethan O. Cohen, Haydee Ojeda-Fournier, Anne C. Hoyt, Bonnie N. Joe, Stephen A. Feig, Long Trinh, Eric L. Rosen, Shadi Aminololama-Shakeri, Debra M. Ikeda

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on breast imaging education. Methods: A 22-item survey addressing four themes during the early pandemic (time on service, structured education, clinical training, future plans) was emailed to Society of Breast Imaging members and members-in-Training in July 2020. Responses were compared using McNemar's and Mann-Whitney U tests; a general linear model was used for multivariate analysis. Results: Of 136 responses (136/2824, 4.8%), 96 U.S. responses from radiologists with trainees, residents, and fellows were included. Clinical exposure declined during the early pandemic, with almost no medical students on service (66/67, 99%) and fewer clinical days for residents (78/89, 88%) and fellows (48/68, 71%). Conferences shifted to remote live format (57/78, 73%), with some canceled (15/78, 19%). Compared to pre-pandemic, resident diagnostic (75/78, 96% vs 26/78, 33%) (P < 0.001) and procedural (73/78, 94% vs 21/78, 27%) (P < 0.001) participation fell, as did fellow diagnostic (60/61, 98% vs 47/61, 77%) (P = 0.001) and procedural (60/61, 98% vs 43/61, 70%) (P < 0.001) participation. Most thought that the pandemic negatively influenced resident and fellow screening (64/77, 83% and 43/60, 72%, respectively), diagnostic (66/77, 86% and 37/60, 62%), and procedural (71/77, 92% and 37/61, 61%) education. However, a majority thought that decreased time on service (36/67, 54%) and patient contact (46/79, 58%) would not change residents' pursuit of a breast imaging fellowship. Conclusion: The pandemic has had a largely negative impact on breast imaging education, with reduction in exposure to all aspects of breast imaging. However, this may not affect career decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-362
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Breast Imaging
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2021

Keywords

  • breast imaging
  • COVID-19
  • education
  • mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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