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Radiology Elective Course Description

Course Name: Musculoskeletal Imaging & Intervention
Course Number: RA-453
Elective Type: B2

Christopher Cerniglia, DO, ME, FAOCR
Ryan Tai, MD

Contact: Karen Granquist

Department: Radiology
Sites Available: UMMHC-University Campus
Months Offered: E1-M11
Number of Students / Month: 1
Prerequisites: RA-400 or RA-434
Elective Description:

The elective is designed to provide an advanced experience in clinical radiology within the subspecialty of musculoskeletal imaging and intervention.   The elective is targeted not only to students with interest in imaging sciences or medical imaging as potential future specialty (e.g. Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology), but also those who have interest in specialties with strong foundations in the musculoskeletal system and disease including Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, and Sports Medicine.

During the four-week elective, students will interact with MSK radiology faculty, MSK fellow and Radiology Residents on their MSK rotation.  The student will spend time with faculty and staff in both the diagnostic and interventional roles of the radiologist.

The student is expected to gain an appreciation of common image guided procedures performed by the MSK radiologist including fluoroscopic joint procedures, ultrasound guided diagnostic and therapeutic injections and ultrasound and CT guided biopsies.  The student will be exposed to all facets of the intervention from pre-procedure workup through navigation of the EMR and communication with the referring service; to direct patient interaction during the screening, positioning and intervention; and concluding with post procedure care.  Students will learn about the duration and extent of intervention experienced by the patient and a sense of how much cooperation is expected from the patient during the variety of procedures. 

When not actively involved with imaging guided MSK interventional procedures, the student with spend time with faculty and staff in the MSK division observing the process of modality protocolling for MRI and CT and review X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI examinations of the musculoskeletal system.  The importance of ACR appropriateness criteria, radiation and safety, and communication will be emphasized. 
Note: Students must engage in the type of clinical care carried out by the clinicians practicing in this field but may not have direct patient care as a major feature of the elective.
Location: UMMHC-University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655