RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES. The purpose of Radiology on the Air was to assess the technical and educational feasibility of providing radiologic continuing medical education via a fully interactive live telecommunications network.
METHODS. Thirty-nine radiologic conferences were broadcast over the communications network of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC). Category 1 credit for the Physicians Recognition Award of the American Medical Association was available to participants who returned a completed program evaluation sheet by mail.
RESULTS. Three participating academic institutions regularly offered the programming to a total of 684 participants, of whom 129 viewed programs at distant sites. Despite adequate-to-excellent technical quality and positive feedback concerning educational content, no continuing medical education (CME) credits were issued by the parent institution.
CONCLUSIONS. The Radiology on the Air experiment suggests that a live telecommunications network is a capable vehicle for providing CME in radiology.
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