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Fourth year medical students enrolled in the Radiology clerkship spend 4 weeks gaining broad exposure to all areas of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Goals of the clerkship are:
Students typically spend a considerable amount of time with the Chest Imaging service, as that is the most common exposure to radiology in other specialties. Those students who are going into OB enjoy spending extra time with the Ultrasound section, and those who are looking to go into Pediatrics can get a double dose, as our Pediatric Radiologists also teach in the Pediatric Radiology Department. The course has a very open structure, and students are free to spend their time studying what interests them the most. There are no requirements on how many procedures have to be observed, or how much time must be spent with each section. There is no patient responsibility, and freedom from night and weekend call. This leaves plenty of time open to students to learn as much as they can about radiology.
Numerous members of the faculty also give lectures on a variety of topics including, Intro to CT, Low Back Pain, ENT, Ultrasound, MRI, MRI of the Knee, Emergent Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatrics, and CT of Trauma.
Students spend a large amount of time at the reading boards with the Radiology residents and faculty. In addition, residents teach 6 exhibits throughout the month on Abdomen, Bone, Head CT, Mediastinum, Pulmonary Parenchyma, Pleura and Chest Wall.
During the last week of the elective, groups will be assigned a case that illustrates good teaching points for a 10 minute report presentation. The presentation should include a 2 page typed handout containing history and physical, interesting X-ray findings illustrating why certain radiographic procedures were valuable, and a discussion. If there is a pertinent journal article you wish to include, you may do so. Films from the radiology film library can also be used.
Medical Students are welcomed and encouraged to use the departmental library, located down the hall from the medical student classroom. Housed in the library are the ACR teaching files that typically are of great benefit to medical students. We provide each medical student with a list of suggested cases for medical students, to eliminate any irrelevant cases. The ACR teaching files are also on laser disc and CD-ROM in the computer lab for student use, with the understanding that radiology residents and fellows have priority and reserve the right to bump medical students off the computers.
Students are provided with a copy of the textbook, Basic Radiology, by Chen, Pope & Ott, to use during the four weeks but it must be returned in the same condition at the time of the final. The medical student classroom is reserved at all times for medical students. There is a cabinet located in the room full of books, projectors, tape players and seminar materials for review.