WE‐E‐E‐611‐04: How Should We Be Doing It?

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UC Davis physics education to residents involves an educational curriculum with didactic lectures offered over a contiguous 9 week period, one hour per day during the noontime hour during the months of May, June, and July (this is in lieu of the normal noon lecture, which is held in the early morning and/or late afternoon). Teaching faculty are convinced that day to day continuity aids greatly in the successful delivery and understanding of physics concepts. Physics lecture materials are produced on overhead projector transparencies, and are identical to the notes provided to the residents. Interactive writing on the transparencies allows appropriate emphasis of important information, and allows the residents to concentrate on the lecture instead of trying to take notes. Another benefit of the overhead projector is the ability to maintain reasonable luminance in the room, permitting eye contact with the residents and keeping them awake and alert. Further study (e.g., “homework”) is achieved by consulting the physics textbook from which a majority of the lecture content is extracted. Additionally, sample question and answer sets give the residents a feel for what is to be expected in terms of written examinations. Interactive, animated computer presentations are under development to aid in describing more difficult concepts, and eventually, migration to all computerized materials is planned. Finally, the residents attend a concentrated, 4 day summer physics review course taught by UC Davis faculty prior to the board exams. Educational Objectives: 1. Illustrate the methods of physics teaching to residents at UC Davis Dept of Radiology 2. Describe teaching curriculum, time commitment, schedule for the residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalMedical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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