Undergraduate Radiology Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review of Teaching and Learning Strategies

K.E. Darras*, R.J. Spouge, A.B.H. de Bruin, A. Sedlic, C. Hague, B.B. Forster

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The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has altered how medical education is delivered, worldwide. Didactic sessions have transitioned to electronic/online platforms and clinical teaching opportunities are limited. These changes will affect how radiology is taught to medical students at both the pre-clerkship (ie, year 1 and 2) and clinical (ie, year 3 and 4) levels. In the pre-clerkship learning environment, medical students are typically exposed to radiology through didactic lectures, integrated anatomy laboratories, case-based learning, and ultrasound clinical skills sessions. In the clinical learning environment, medical students primarily shadow radiologists and radiology residents and attend radiology resident teaching sessions. These formats of radiology education, which have been the tenets of the specialty, pose significant challenges during the pandemic. This article reviews how undergraduate radiology education is affected by COVID-19 and explores solutions for teaching and learning based on e-learning and blended learning theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-200
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Association of Radiologists Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


  • education
  • undergraduate
  • medical students
  • teaching
  • virtual learning
  • blended learning
  • e-learning
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic

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