Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 202–206

Radiologists' Preferences for Just-in-Time Learning

  • Charles E. KahnJr
  • Kevin C. Ehlers
  • Beverly P. Wood


Effective learning can occur at the point of care, when opportunities arise to acquire information and apply it to a clinical problem. To assess interest in point-of-care learning, we conducted a survey to explore radiologists' attitudes and preferences regarding the use of just-in-time learning (JITL) in radiology.

Materials and Methods

Following Institutional Review Board approval, we invited 104 current radiology residents and 86 radiologists in practice to participate in a 12-item Internet-based survey to assess their attitudes toward just-in-time learning. Voluntary participation in the survey was solicited by e-mail; respondents completed the survey on a web-based form.


Seventy-nine physicians completed the questionnaire, including 47 radiology residents and 32 radiologists in practice; the overall response rate was 42%. Respondents generally expressed a strong interest for JITL: 96% indicated a willingness to try such a system, and 38% indicated that they definitely would use a JITL system. They expressed apreference for learning interventions of 5–10 min in length.


Current and recent radiology trainees have expressed a strong interest in just-in-time learning. The information from this survey should be useful in pursuing the design of learning interventions and systems for delivering just-in-time learning to radiologists.

Key Words

Continuing medical education (CME) radiology education just-in-time learning survey research radiology workflow systems integration 

Copyright information

© SCAR (Society for Computer Applications in Radiology) 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles E. KahnJr
    • 1
  • Kevin C. Ehlers
    • 1
  • Beverly P. Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Informatics, Department of RadiologyMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUSC Keck School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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