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The Trainee Report Dashboard is a Web-based system that provides radiology trainees with case-specific feedback based on comments entered by the attending radiologist in the trainee’s report and on an automated comparison of the preliminary and final reports.

During their radiology residency, trainees must learn multiple facets of radiology practice, including the writing of radiology reports. An important factor in the trainee’s development of reporting skills is feedback from the attending radiologist on the trainee’s preliminary reports. The quality and quantity of feedback may vary and are not typically documented. As radiology department workloads have increased and stricter limitations have been imposed on trainee work hours, less time is available for attending radiologists and trainees to perform a joint retrospective review of radiology reports. To compensate, the authors have developed a Web-based dashboard that provides trainees with case-specific feedback about their reports. Components include an attending radiologist–trainee report discrepancy logging and communication system that is integrated with the institutional picture archiving and communication system, an automated preliminary report–final report comparator, modules showing statistics related to the discrepancy logger and report comparator components, and a Web page that unifies these components with image and report display capabilities. Both the actual report feedback and the trainee’s use of the system are documented, and the resultant data may be used for evaluating trainee competence in written communication, as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. With these tools, trainees can obtain near-real-time feedback, which may pinpoint issues that can be corrected to improve the quality of their radiology reporting. This system, although it does not supplant face-to-face training sessions with attending radiologists, can augment traditional methods of learning.

© RSNA, 2013


Article History

Received: Mar 12 2013
Revision received: Apr 29 2013
Revision received: June 14 2013
Accepted: June 28 2013
Published online: Nov 2013
Published in print: Nov 2013