Medical Students

Multidisciplinary Medical Student Teaching Assignments

Radiology Residents/Fellows

Radiology is heavily involved in the Medical School curriculum. We ask our residents and fellows to give formal presentations and interact with the students in the clinical areas. Radiology is involved in the following courses:

Resident & Fellow Teaching

In general, radiology residents/fellows will rotate through the lab during a lab toward the end of each week to answer any questions and resolve uncertainties that students may have about radiographic cases encountered in ILS sessions or images encountered on the cadaver CT or MRI each week. Each Wednesday we will provide teaching residents/fellows a list of items students are asked to learn during that particular week. Further instructions will be given to all residents/fellows prior to the first session.

The Lab Environment

First year medical students work in small groups of 6-7 students/group with a total of 18 groups. Each group is identified with a letter (A-R) and assigned to the following resources:

  • A downdraft dissection table equipped with an embalmed cadaver
  • Osteology samples
  • Coat rack
  • Goggles
  • Tools
  • Sharps container
  • Paper towel dispenser
  • Lamp with magnification loop
  • A 21” flat screen monitor that can be toggled to receive either closed circuit TV images from a prosection camera station or laptop computer data delivered on demand by student thinkpads position at the dissection table by laptop stands.

The laptop computers are used by the students to receive instructions, images, video demonstrations, animations and data resources (including Radiology Resources) at the table via a wireless connection to the internet. 

All students will receive a CD during orientation. The CD contains the CT data set and the MRI data set for the body cavities (thorax, abdomen, and pelvis) and Head and Neck acquired from the specific group cadaver that their group will dissect. 

The students will be trained in the use of the TeraRecon system. The cadaver embalming fluid contains no formaldehyde and volatile vapors and fluids are pulled away from the students by negative air pressure removing air and fluids from the perforated surface of the downdraft table. In addition to the 18 downdraft dissection tables, there are 3 large computer workstation tables equipped with power outlets and ethernet connections for student integrated learning sessions (ILS). 

ILS sessions include Embryology, Histology, Sectional Anatomy and Radiographic Anatomy tasks performed by students working in pairs at the ILS stations. During the lab sessions, students are directed to rotate from the dissection tables to the ILS tables in working pairs. Here they learn and review relevant clinical and multidisciplinary learning issues (including Radiology issues) related to the daily dissection. 

Year 1 Facilitator 

Basic and Clinical Science Problems Course – Fellows will be paired with a PhD faculty member from a basic science department to work with a group of 6 students to facilitate development of clinical reasoning skills, small group interaction skills, and basic and clinical science knowledge. Faculty serve as process facilitators, not content experts. The group meets twice weekly for 2 hours per session on Mondays and Fridays in the afternoon. The Medical Education Department will provide a training session. 

Year 3 Clerkship

Melissa Chrismon is the course administrator. She can be contacted at 336-716-2783.

Year 4 Radiology

This 4-week elective is offered 7 times a year for fourth year medical students. Approximately 75% of the students choose our elective. It is also offered to students from other institutions. Components of their educational experience in the Radiology Department include observational rotations through the clinical areas, a series of case-based tutorials, lectures or seminars in subspecialty areas, and preparation of 2 or 3 teaching file cases. 

Residents and fellows are asked to welcome students into the clinical areas and allow them to observe and ask questions. Students may be asked by residents and fellows to help with the work of the area by looking up patient histories on the computer, finding old film jackets from the image library, looking up things in books or on the internet, answering the telephone, calling referring physicians, etc. 

Residents are assigned to teach the case-based tutorials in rotation, as scheduled by the chief residents. These tutorials cover basic areas of radiology and are web-based. They generally occur 4 times per week from 3 to 4 pm in Conference Room 3. 

The conference room is equipped with a laptop computer and digital projector. Residents should familiarize themselves with the material prior to conducting the teaching session. These materials are loaded onto 3 computers in the back alcove of the Learning Center. They are also available at eWake. Your Medical Center user name and password will be necessary to access these materials. Melissa Chrismon coordinates the medical student tutorials. She can be reached at 336-716-2783.  

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