Radiology Clerkship General Clerkship Strucrue

  1. Traditional didactic lectures.
  2. Case-based group tutorials (RabLabs 1-4, Tasting menus, Chest/Abdomen week in review) – preview cases as a group, discuss the findings, and answer case-specific questions before reviewing with an attending.
  3. Multidisciplinary conferences – Radiology/OB-GYN and Radiology/Surgery conferences afford the opportunity to present images on relevant core topics to your student colleagues.  These conferences do not occur with every clerkship but depend on the availability of conference time with the Surgery and OB-GYN clerkships.
  4. Two types of observations in the reading room –
    • Relatively unstructured time spent observing “real life” radiology “in the trenches.”  These observations occur in the four busiest areas: chest, abdomen, neuroradiology, and muscloskeletal radiology.  This is frequently one of the more challenging components of the rotation but serves an important function in exposing you to how radiology is actually practiced in modern healthcare. 
    • Structured subspecialty observations combined with tutorials covering the areas of ultrasound, mammography, interventional radiology, cardiovascular radiology, radiation therapy, and oncoradiology.
  5. Resident mentor – a resource for general questions as well as preparation of case presentation; should meet with in week 1 (Tues or Thurs pm) to spend an afternoon observing.  Additional meetings may occur at mutual convenience with at least one follow up meeting prior to your presentation
  6. Departmental noon conferences – 12:15pm until 2pm weekdays in Abrams conference room (see BWH L1 map); directed primarily to a resident audience, but you are encouraged to attend on days you are available.  Occasionally, these conferences will cover topics that are not relevant to your medical student curriculum, and when this is the case you should use other radiology learning resources, either on MyCourses or through completion of your reading.
  7. ER “on call” experience – one evening spent in the ED reading room.  The radiologists working in the ED are very busy, and as a result this is frequently mainly an observational experience rather than one with direct teaching.  
  8. Use of radiology PACS workstation with voice recognition technology to view and interpret cases and create radiology reports: this will give you a real feel for the radiologist’s role in patient care.
  9. Refer to student assessment section for specific requirements of the clerkship as well as grading criteria.

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