Imaging Sciences (Radiology)

Electives and Educational Opportunities

There are several educational opportunities available for medical students:

Elective Courses

Diagnostic Radiology electives are available for third and fourth year medical students.  During the two week elective, students become acquainted with radiographic examinations and procedures which are accomplished by rotations in general radiology and subspecialty areas, multidisciplinary and resident conferences, self-study, and optional participation in research projects and an ultrasound activity session. The following electives are available:

General Radiology (RAD602)

Course Director: Devang Butani, M.D.
Course Coordinator: Julie Bissonnette

The goal of the General Radiology elective is to allow the medical student to develop an appreciation of the complexity of diagnostic imaging including an understanding of the types of studies which are available and the information they can provide. The elective is structured to provide an overview of the breadth of diagnostic imaging, invasive radiology and an introduction to the fundamentals of diagnostic radiology. This includes the basics of chest, skeletal, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary system imaging, and introduces angiography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasound, and neuroradiology.
Didactic activities include the daily resident conferences and selected tumor board conferences, and recommended reading includes Essential Radiology and Radiology Made Ridiculously Simple.
Students are evaluated by preceptors on the basis of attendance and interest as well as on their communication, interpersonal, and professional skill set. Other criteria for evaluation include the student's participation in patient case history sessions and the scope of their medical knowledge as shown by their involvement in the interesting case session.

Nuclear Medicine (RAD603)

Course Director: Vaseem Chengazi, M.D., Ph.D.
Course Coordinator: Shirley Tracey

The goal of the elective is to understand the basics for the clinical application of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures to the patient population.
Didactic activities include the regular conference schedule of Nuclear Medicine and Imaging Sciences, and recommended reading includes A Clinician's Guide to Nuclear Medicine.
Student evaluations will be collated by the course director utilizing reports from both attending and resident faculty as to student participation and development.

Subspecialty Radiology (RAD610)

Course Director: Devang Butani, M.D.
Course Coordinator: Julie Bissonnette

This elective is intended for students who are either preparing for a career in radiology or have a particular interest in a subspecialty area of radiology. Completion of the General Radiology elective is a prerequisite.
Didactic activities include the daily resident conferences and selected tumor board conferences, and recommended reading includes Radiology Made Ridiculously Simple.
Students are evaluated by preceptors on the basis of attendance and interest as well as on their communication, interpersonal, and professional skill set. Other criteria for evaluation include the student's participation in patient case history sessions and the scope of their medical knowledge as shown by their involvement in the interesting case session.

Pediatric Radiology (PED653)

Course Director: Johan Blickman, M.D., Ph.D.
Course Coordinator: Julie Bissonnette

This course is intended for students who plan a career in radiology or pediatrics, and the objective of this elective is to offer the student an opportunity to observe how Pediatric Radiology contributes to patient care. Completion of the General Radiology elective is a prerequisite.
Didactic activities include the daily resident conferences and selected tumor board conferences, and recommended reading includes Radiology Made Ridiculously Simple.
Students are evaluated by preceptors on the basis of attendance and interest as well as on their communication, interpersonal, and professional skill set. Other criteria for evaluation include the student's participation in patient case history sessions and the scope of their medical knowledge as shown by their involvement in the interesting case session.

Radiology Interest Club 

The Radiology Interest Club aims to educate medical students about opportunities in radiology through meetings and events organized during the year.  Such events include a panel of residents who will share their experience in the path to radiology residency and life as a radiology resident, and informative sessions on new innovations and technology development in radiology.  Medical students will also meet Radiology faculty and senior residents to learn about the exciting subspecialty careers available in the field, and the club also provides contact information about radiology research projects. 
     
Faculty contact: Devang Butani, M.D.
Resident contacts: Amit Desai, M.D. and Ayman Sawas, M.D.

Research 

We have many clinically oriented research projects that our faculty and house-staff are involved in that result in publications and/or presentations at the national and international level.  We encourage you to discuss your interests with them during your elective rotations. 

Shadowing / Observerships 

Short term shadowing and/or observership opportunities are available.  If interested, please contact Julie Bissonnette.

Visiting Students 

Fourth year visiting medical students are welcome to enroll in our elective courses.  Detailed instructions on the application process can be found on the Medical Education Registrar website.

 

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