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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

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Thekla H. Oechtering
1  Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany
,
Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos
1  Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany
,
Martin Völker
2  German Roentgen Society „Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft”, Berlin, Germany
,
Stefan Lohwasser
2  German Roentgen Society „Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft”, Berlin, Germany
,
Stephan Ellmann
3  Department of Radiology, University Hospital Erlangen, Germany
,
Isabel Molwitz
4  Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
,
Corinna Storz
5  Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany
,
Hinrich Winther
6  Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
,
Michel Eisenblaetter
7  Department of Radiology, Freiburg University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany
,
Gerald Antoch
8  Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
,
Stefan O. Schönberg
9  Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Germany
,
Jörg Barkhausen
1  Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany
,
Frank Anton
10  eAircraft, Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany
,
Stefan Neumann
11  Radiologie am St.-Joseph-Stift, Bremen, Germany
,
Günter Layer
12  Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Ludwigshafen Municipal Hospital, Ludwigshafen, Germany
,
Arnd Doerfler
3  Department of Radiology, University Hospital Erlangen, Germany
,
Friederike Koerber
13  Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Cologne, Cologne, Germany
,
Johannes Wessling
14  Department of Radiology, Clemenshospital GmbH Münster, Germany
,
Michael Wucherer
15  Institute of Medical Physics, Nuremberg Hospital, Nürnberg, Germany
,
Matthias Raspe
16  Department of Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine, Charité – University Hospital Berlin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin, Germany
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Publication History

01 July 2019

09 October 2019

Publication Date:
09 January 2020 (online)

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; DOI: 10.1055/a-1047-1075