2017 ABIM Costs of Care Creating Value Challenge – “Teaching Value” Award

Radiology-TEACHES, led by principal investigator, Marc H. Willis, DO, earned the 2017 ABIM Foundation, Costs of Care, and Leapfrog Group Creating Value Challenge “Teaching Value” Award.

This competition was aimed at recognizing innovative ideas and projects for teaching and implementing high-value health care among collaborative teams of clinicians, educators, quality improvement specialists, and health system administrators.

Video: Dr. Marc Willis Presenting Radiology-TEACHES at AAMC 2017


Rad TeachesHistory of the Program 


Radiology-TEACHES is an online portal that uses case vignettes in ACR’s Radiology Curriculum Management SystemTM (RCMS) integrated with the ACR SelectTM clinical decision support (CDS) to simulate the process of ordering imaging studies via integrated CDS. Learners, including medical students, receive this evidence-based feedback at the virtual point of order entry, thereby better understanding appropriate imaging utilization and empowering them to reduce waste.

Recognizing that medical education curricula often lack evidence-based guidance regarding appropriateness and cost of imaging examinations, radiologists at Baylor College of Medicine partnered with the American College of Radiology and the National Decision Support Company to create Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation).

The program has been presented as an initial pilot at the Baylor College of Medicine and progressed to a second multi-site pilot including the University of Chicago, Montefiore, Augusta University, USUHS, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, USCSOM, and Wake Forrest School of Medicine. 


Rad Teaches ScreenshotTake a Look at Radiology-TEACHES in Action


Educational Scenario 1 – Pulmonary Embolism
Educational Scenario 2 – Adnexal Cyst
Assessment Question 1  – Radiation Safety
Assessment Question – Case Scenario


Beta-Site Testing

Based on the overwhelmingly positive pilot results, it was decided to move forward with the design, development and build-out of a working version of the program for a 2018/2019 rollout. Between now and the go-live, we will be working with sites to help us beta-test the program. These beta-testing sites will have early access to the program and provide essential feedback on the design and content of the program.


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