4th Year Medical Students

Radiology Clinical Clerkships and Electives
One Month Rotations

Course Director
Diagnostic Radiology (RA 400) Dr. Christopher Cerniglia
Neuroradiology (RA 403)  Dr. Andrew Chen
Nuclear Medicine (RA 421) Dr. Robert Licho
Pediatric Radiology (RA 422) Dr. E. Christine Wallace
Vascular Interventional (RA 402)  Dr. Stephan Wicky van Doyer

Contact Gabrielle Carbone, Medical Student Coordinator at (508) 856-5749 or by email.

Diagnostic Radiology (RA 400)

The diagnostic radiology elective provides medical students an opportunity to experience the many facets of a diverse department of radiology. The Medical Student will spend a few days in each of the principle subspecialty areas. Each rotation places the Medical Student in the reading room alongside the resident and attending staff associated with that subspecialty. This offers the opportunity to participate in the actual diagnostic process.

Students are encouraged and expected to participate in procedures to increase their depth of knowledge of imaging, disease and the patient experience.

Clinical conferences and lectures provide a more formal environment in which to study aspects of radiology. A course of lectures tailored to medical students is provided each day while students are also expected to attend radiology noon conferences, clinical radiological conferences and grand rounds.

Each student is asked to give a short PowerPoint presentation on the radiological topic of their choice. This is presented to the elective group at the end of the rotation.

At completion of this course, the Medical Student will have learned some basic principles of radiologic diagnosis. Importantly, they will also have had an opportunity to learn how to interact with the radiology department including the role of examination requests, scheduling examinations, patient preparation and the time commitment for each procedure. They will also have had an introduction to the physicians who specialize in a career in diagnostic radiology.

Subspecialty areas included are

Abdominal Imaging; Chest Radiology; Emergency Radiology; Musculoskeletal Radiology; Neuroradiology; Nuclear Medicine; Pediatric Radiology; Interventional Radiology. RA 400

Neuroradiology (RA 403)

This medical student clinical elective places a strong emphasis on education, introducing students to imaging as future referrers or radiologists. Students will split their time in the neuroradiology division between CT and MRI. During this time the student will work alongside residents, fellows and attendings reviewing brain, head/neck, and spine examinations. Procedures covered include fluoroscopically-guided lumbar punctures and myelography. The student will have the opportunity to attend the general resident noon conference, neuroradiology conferences and a number of interdepartmental conferences.

This is a standalone course and does not require a prerequisite in diagnostic radiology. This course is flexible and may be split with other radiology electives as the schedule permits and on a case by case basis. The student should expect to be challenged during this elective. The student will be paired with a senior resident or fellow and assigned a project which must be completed during their rotation. Many have chosen to submit case reports to the American College of Radiology and more capable students have submitted more than one.

This course is open to all senior medical students who are interested in learning more about radiology. Beyond future radiology residents, recent participants have matched in neurosurgery, neurology, ENT, orthopedics, plastics, ophthalmology, radiation oncology and internal medicine. RA 403

Nuclear Medicine (RA 421)

The aim of this elective are to provide students with a grounding in the diagnostic and therapeutic use of radioisotopes in patients with a wide variety of disease.  Emphasis will be placed on Nuclear Cardiology, thyroid imaging, general organ imaging, and nuclear oncology (PET-CT).  There will also be an introduction to isotope handling techniques. Applications of computers to digital image processing will be taught and there will be practical experience in the use of computers in the analysis of clinical studies. RA 421

Pediatric Radiology (RA 422)

This specialty is focused on diagnosis of disease in children less than 18 years of age. Many of the imaging subspecialties are represented with the common theme being the diseases of childhood. This rotation places the Medical Student in the reading room alongside the resident and attending staff in pediatric radiology. This offers the opportunity to participate in the actual diagnostic process.

Students are encouraged and expected to participate in procedures to increase their depth of knowledge of imaging, disease and the patient and parent experience.

Clinical conferences and lectures provide a more formal environment in which to study aspects of radiology. A course of lectures tailored to medical students is provided each day while students are also expected to attend radiology noon conferences, pediatric based clinical radiological conferences and grand rounds.

Each student is asked to give a short PowerPoint presentation on the pediatric radiological topic of their choice. This is presented to the medical student elective group at the end of the rotation.

At completion of this course, the Medical Student will have learned some basic principles of radiologic diagnosis. Importantly, they will also have had an opportunity to learn how to interact with the pediatric radiology department including the role of examination requests, scheduling examinations, patient preparation, and importantly the time commitment for each procedure. They will also have had an introduction to the pediatric physicians who specialize in a career in pediatric radiology. RA 422

Vascular Interventional Radiology (RA 402)

Interventional Radiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center covers vascular, GI, GU and biliary procedures under fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance. We also perform ultrasound and CT scanner guided interventions. This offers the opportunity to be directly involved in patient care.

Students are encouraged and expected to participate in procedures to increase their depth of knowledge of disease, diagnostic and therapeutic procedure and in patient experience.

During the elective, the candidate will be spending time in Interventional Radiology. The candidate will have to:

  • Understand indication for procedures
  • Become familiar with different imaging modalities (Angio, CT and US)
  • Participate in the work up of patients prior to procedures
  • Observe various types of procedures
  • Participate in rounds and multidisciplinary conferences
  • Observe in a research laboratory, if time permits

Each student is asked to give a short PowerPoint presentation on the radiological topic of their choice. This will be presented to the interventional radiology group at the end of the rotation.

Direct feedback will be provided at the completion of the rotation. RA 402