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A Message from the Director of Radiology Undergraduate Medical Education

Christopher Cerniglia, DO, Director of Radiology Undergraduate Medical Education

Welcome to the UMass Chan Medical School Radiology Education Program for Medical Students.  This site will provide you an overview of the varied medical student instruction provided by the Department of Radiology. From first year pre-clinical exposure through fourth year clinical electives, we aim to provide a supportive learning environment for students where they will experience the diverse roles of Diagnostic Radiology in patient care.  Students will be exposed to a broad array of imaging modalities with an emphasis on understanding the safe and most effective use of medical imaging in clinical practice.

Faculty from the Department of Radiology is actively involved in preclinical teaching during the first two years of medical school including imaging instruction in the Design, Structure & Function (DSF) and Brain courses.  Core imaging lectures are provided to rising 3rd year medical students during their two week Transition to Core Clinical Experience. During the 3rd year, the Department offers several one week Flexible Clinical Experiences (FCE) for students looking to explore a facet of radiology.  Finally, during the 4th year, a variety of general and subspecialty clinical clerkships and electives are provided to interested students in Diagnostic Radiology or one of the Radiology Subspecialties.  

While on a Flexible Clinical Experience (FCE), Clinical Clerkship or Elective, the student will work closely with residents, clinical fellows and faculty in the Department of Radiology. Clinical Clerkships and Electives provide instruction through:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Small interactive conferences
  • Reading Room teaching
  • Divisional and Interdepartmental clinical conferences

UMass Chan Medical Students interested in the field of radiology may also wish to become involved in the Radiology Interest Group.  Students from outside institutions are welcome to apply for one of our 4th year clinical electives. More information for prospective visiting students may be found here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or Wendy Diamond.

Christopher Cerniglia, DO, ME, FAOCR

Director of Radiology Undergraduate Medical Education
Clerkship Director, Diagnostic Radiology
Program Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship
Associate Professor of Radiology, Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging & Intervention