Work and Training Conditions of German Residents in Radiology - Results from a Nationwide Survey Conducted by the Young Radiology Forum in the German Roentgen Society

Thekla H. Oechtering*, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Martin Völker, Stefan Lohwasser, Stephan Ellmann, Isabel Molwitz, Corinna Storz, Hinrich Winther, Michel Eisenblaetter, Gerald Antoch, Stefan O. Schönberg, Jörg Barkhausen, Frank Anton, Stefan Neumann, Günter Layer, Arnd Doerfler, Friederike Koerber, Johannes Wessling, Michael Wucherer, Matthias Raspe

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Abstract

Purpose  Good training is the basis for high job satisfaction and high-quality patient care in radiology. The aim of this survey was to record the current state of working conditions for residents in radiology training in Germany and to focus on the aspects of training and psychosocial workload. The description of the actual state should help to identify possible problem areas and to develop improvement approaches. Materials and Methods  At the beginning of 2018, we sent an electronic questionnaire to the German Roentgen Society (DRG), the German Association of Chairmen in Academic Radiology (KLR), the Chief Physician Forum of the DRG (CAFRAD) and the Forum of Registered Radiologists (FUNRAD) with the request to forward it to radiology residents. With 63 questions, the questionnaire covered seven essential areas of medical working and training conditions. In order to ensure interdisciplinary comparability, most questions were identical to previous surveys among residents of other disciplines. Results  643 residents started the survey. 501 (78 %) questionnaires were fully processed and included in the final analysis. 65 % of respondents were satisfied with their current job situation. At the same time, shortcomings, especially with regard to the reconciliation of family and work as well as scientific and clinical work, became clear. Only 36 % of participants with children were satisfied with the compatibility of family and work at their workplace. Only 31 % of the researchers were satisfied with their research conditions. In addition, residents experienced a high psychosocial workload. Conclusion  Job satisfaction is high among radiology residents in direct comparison to other disciplines. However, based on this survey, adjustments to working conditions and training in radiology seem necessary to maintain the health of the physicians concerned, to encourage motivation for scientific work and to enhance development opportunities, especially for women, through a better compatibility of work and family life. The present survey identifies strategies and leadership tools that can help to achieve this. Key Points:   Residents in radiology training.. have a relatively high job satisfaction. experience a high psychosocial workload. evaluate the compatibility of family and work as in need of improvement. are interested in research, but evaluate research conditions as insufficient Citation Format Oechtering TH, Panagiotopoulos N, Völker M et al. Work and Training Conditions of German Residents in Radiology - Results from a Nationwide Survey Conducted by the Young Radiology Forum in the German Roentgen Society. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2020; 192: 458 - 469

Original languageEnglish
JournalRoFo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Rontgenstrahlen und der Bildgebenden Verfahren
Volume192
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)458-469
Number of pages12
ISSN1438-9029
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2020

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-30 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy and Radiobiology
  • 109-04 Educational Research on Socialization and Professionalism
  • 109-03 Educational Systems and Institutions
  • 109-02 General and Domain-Specific Teaching and Learning

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