Multidisciplinary Medical Student Teaching Assignments
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:
Radiographic Anatomy for 1st Year Medical Students
Radiology often plays a pivotal role in diagnosing disease in patients. As a physician, when interpreting the images, it is crucial to be able to differentiate the normal anatomy from pathology. The normal anatomy has classically been taught using only cadavers, pictures and artist diagrams. In an effort to correlate the gross anatomy with the radiographic anatomy, radiology has become an integral part of the first year anatomy course.
The main goals of the seven radiology labs during the anatomy course is to introduce radiographic interpretation, demonstrate normal anatomic structures in living patients, but also highlight some of the clinically important anatomic relationships and function using radiographs, computed tomography, ultrasound and MRI. A typical lab session is preceded by a pre-learning assignment to prepare the student for the lab. During the 2-hour lab we cover the pertinent anatomy using small sections of lecture style delivery, group activities, and question-answer sessions. Each student brings their laptop and interacts with the prepared material supplied that day. This is an interactive session where the radiology faculty members and residents walk around the room to assist and answer questions as needed. The material the student learns during the lab can then be applied to the cadaver dissection which takes place the same day.
The current topics include:
- Neck & Spine
- Upper Limb
- Lower Limb
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.