Radiology-TEACHES is an online portal that uses case vignettes in ACR’s CORTEX integrated with the ACR Select® clinical decision support (CDS) to simulate the process of ordering imaging studies via integrated CDS. ACR Select, a digital representation of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for diagnostic imaging, is a module contained within CareSelect Imaging.

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 multisite pilot including the University of Chicago, Montefiore, Augusta University, USUHS, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, USCSOM and Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Now Accepting New Sites

Radiology-TEACHES is now accepting new sites to participate in the program’s CDS / appropriate imaging education. To participate, follow the steps below:

  1. Identify your program coordinator. The program coordinator will be responsible for gathering the student information for user accounts, sending that information to the Radiology-TEACHES team for user account creation and sending out the welcome emails to the students once the activities are assigned.
  2. Gather the student names, email and student year (MS1, MS2, R1, PA, NP, etc.) on the user account creation spreadsheet HERE. Make sure to identify the institution name on the spreadsheet. This spreadsheet will be attached to the activities form detailed below in step 3. Allow a minimum of 10 working days to get user accounts created.
  3. Select the activities your students will participate in by reviewing the activity list on the form and completing the form HERE. Attach the student roster spreadsheet to the form for the user account creation.
  4. Once notified that the user accounts are created, send the welcome email to your students. An email template for student notification is available HERE.

Note: ACR is pleased to offer Radiology-TEACHES modules to medical students and their programs for educational purposes. ACR offers the modules “as is” with no customizations or particular functionality.

Radiology-TEACHES is powered by the Cortex platform

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Dr. Marc Willis Presents Radiology-TEACHES at RSNA’s Fast-Five Session 

Watch Dr. Marc Willis present Radiology-TEACHES at RSNA's Inaugural Fast-Five Session, 2017 >> 

An engaging, fast-paced opportunity to share new ideas, the RSNA 2017 Fast 5 Session debuted at the 2017 RSNA meeting. During this inaugural session, five speakers each made a five-minute presentation accompanied by slides to share their ideas to explore, invent and transform radiology.

“How can healthcare reach its place with other industries of high visability? In radiology, we need to educate differently, effectively and more efficiently,” Dr. Willis said. “I believe that Radiology-TEACHES can be an agent for change — to make a difference for our profession, our patients and society.”

Improving Undergraduate Medical Education: Teaching Imaging Appropriateness

Radiology-TEACHES Champion, Marc Willis ( Baylor College of Medicine), is extremely passionate about teaching and introducing medical students to appropriate imaging. 

“The goal of Radiology-TEACHES is to prepare current and future medical providers to deliver high-value health care by decreasing waste and increasing patient safety through improved imaging utilization, as outlined in health care’s Triple Aim,” Willis explains. “The platform provides a simulated education environment that is flexible and scalable. It can be used across a wide spectrum — from individual learners to inter-professional teams — ensuring patients receive the best care possible. That’s something we should all be focused on as we transition from volume- to value-based care.”

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Figure 1 Dr. Marc Willis Demonstrates Radiology-TEACHES to Students   Figure 2 Improving Undergraduate Medical Education: Teaching Imaging Appropriateness

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

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.

  • ACR Press Release: Radiology-TEACHES Wins ABIM Foundation Creating Value Challenge
  • ABIM Press Release: Winning Ideas and Innovations: Teaching and Creating Value in Health Care to Reduce Waste and Improve Outcomes

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ACR Select®, a digital representation of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for diagnostic imaging, is a module contained within CareSelect Imaging.

ACR Select is ready to incorporate into computerized ordering and EHR systems to guide providers when ordering medical imaging scans.

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