In addition to the HMS overall clerkship objectives, we also offer the following week by week guide. You may find this information helpful to use as a study guide of sorts as well as an indicator of the expected development and progression of your radiologic knowledge and skills.You should plan to read the entirety of the textbook supplied (Herring) within the first two weeks of the clerkship. This will give you time to cement your knowledge using the multiple other learning tools (practice tests, algorithm assignments) which will be posted online in the latter half of the course.
This week is heavy in structured didactics (Radlabs 1-4), which lays the groundwork for the following 3 weeks. Take advantage of this time to develop and polish your general radiology knowledge base so that you may take full advantage of the less structured learning opportunities presented throughout the rest of the rotation. Much of what you will be tested on later is presented to you during the first week. During the course of Week 1, you work to develop your ability to:
This week marks the beginning of the observation experiences and is also when you will be responsible for writing up 2 cases in the Mini-CEX assessment and a midterm exam. Midcourse feedback will be given. Expectations for this week are that you will continue to develop your ability to:
You will give your Morning Report during this week. You are expected to continue developing your skills from Weeks 1 and 2 as well as:
During Week 4, you will give your Oral Radiology PowerPoint presentation and participate in interdisciplinary conferences (if not done in Week 3). This week will also consist of more subspecialty tutorials, observation areas (core and elective to explore other areas), and a wrap-up session reviewing radiologic diagnosis of the chest and abdomen. - You are expected to:
A word about the PCE log
The PCE log was developed as a way to ensure that core topics in each clerkship are covered for all students at all sites during their HMS education. Duty hour monitoring was instituted to prevent students from spending excessive time in the hospital to the detriment of health and rest. It is important that students keep track of their exposure to the key radiologic diagnoses and imaging work-up algorithms which are listed in the PCE log. The clerkship directors use this as a check to be sure that students recall specific disease entities; this list serves as the source for the cases that students will be tested on during the evaluations in this course (mini-CEX, chest/abdomen wrap-up session, and the final exam). You should also be aware that the individual student entries in the log and the duty hours are monitored not only by clerkship directors, but also the dean for medical education. Incomplete entries in either area will result in an incomplete grade for the course; to avoid unnecessary correspondence, please be sure the keep the PCE log up to date. The midcourse feedback which occurs after the mini-CEX will include a review of the log entries.
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