Clinical Electives for M3 and M4 Medical Students

Diagnostic Radiology Clinical Elective

During the Diagnostic Radiology Clinical Elective, students are given the opportunity to:

  • Gain basic diagnostic radiology knowledge through subspecialty rotations, learning modules, lectures and reading.
  • Learn how specific diagnostic radiologic studies benefit patients.
  • Learn how to use radiologic procedures for a cost-effective diagnosis.
  • Observe radiographic procedures so they can be better described to patients.
  • Learn the importance of open communication between ordering clinicians and radiologists.

Learning activities include:

  • Rotate through each of the radiology subspecialties, spending additional time in two or three sections chosen by each student. Students will spend time at read-out stations
  • with radiologists who are interpreting exams.
  • Prepare and present a concise case presentation at the conclusion of the rotation.
  • Online teaching modules
  • Assigned and outside reading.
  • Student-specific lectures.

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Vascular and Interventional Radiology Clinical Elective

During the Vascular & Interventional Radiology Clinical Elective, students are given the opportunity to:

  • Gain understanding of patient selection and therapeutic options for vascular and non-vascular interventional procedures.
  • Become familiar with pre-procedural evaluation and post-procedure management and follow-up for various interventional radiology procedures.
  • Learn to identify potential complications of interventional radiology procedures.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the performance of basic vascular access procedures.

Learning activities include:

  • Daily pre-procedure evaluation and post-procedure management for in-patient and out-patient interventional radiology procedures.
  • Participate in out-patient consults in the Interventional Radiology Clinic.
  • Attend weekly clinical conferences: Hepatic Tumor Conference, Vascular Surgery Conference, Pancreaticobillary Case Conference, Peripheral Vascular Board, and Interventional Radiology Section Conferences.
  • Observe and assist in interventional procedures in the interventional radiology suites.
  • Supervised performance of basic vascular access procedures.
  • Prepare and present a 30-minute presentation.
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Vascular and Interventional Radiology Acting Internship

Interventional Radiology is a surgical sub-specialty of Radiology where emphasis is placed on treating patients using the least invasive approach to minimize the risk to the patient and improve patient health outcomes. Minimally invasive image-guided procedures are relied upon for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes and can be applicable to virtually every organ system.

This Acting Internship will allow students to utilize the knowledge gained in their internal medicine rotations to help with inpatient consults to evaluate the type and need for procedures. In addition, students will use the technical skills gained on their surgical rotations to help perform procedures in interventional radiology. In order to achieve this, students will be assigned to follow inpatients from initial contact with IR to discharge home. They will be the primary contact for these patients, will write initial consultation notes, participate in all procedures, peri-procedural care, write progress notes and attend daily rounds on their patients.

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Nuclear Medicine Clinical Elective

During the Nuclear Medicine Clinical Elective, students are given the opportunity to:

  • Learn the physical principles of nuclear medicine and become familiar with the equipment.
  • Learn clinical applications of nuclear medicine.

Learning activities include:

  • Participate in interpretation of patient studies, conferences, and lectures.
  • Interact with patients, faculty and staff.
  • Participate in quality control measures and radiopharmaceutical preparation.
  • Prepare a written case presentation on several patients observed during the rotation.

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