88 Radiology – Selective and Core Elective Requirement

Instructors: Christina LeBedis, M.D. (Director) and Jonathan Scalera, M.D. (Assistant Director)

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Student Coordinator: Paige Strecker

Telephone: (617) 414-4914

Period to be offered: Blocks 9-20

Description of  Rotation:

Required Boston University course: The Department of Radiology offers a clinical 4-week rotation based at Boston Medical Center. The course is comprised of didactic lectures, departmental conferences, small group sessions on evidence-based imaging, case review sessions, and clinical observations in general radiology, pediatric imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology, abdominal and pelvic imaging, thoracic imaging, breast imaging and nuclear imaging. The course culminates in a student-facilitated departmental radiology-pathology correlation conference.

The John F. O’Connor Award will be given at graduation to the outstanding Boston University student or students who participated in the Radiology rotation.

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Medical Student Requirement

Four weeks full time

Study Aides:

1.) Books: Books are loaned to the student for one month.

a) Fundamentals of Radiology by Lucy Squire

b) Felson’s Principles of Chest Roentgenology- A programmed text, Third Edition, by Lawrence R. Goodman, MD

c)  Squire’s Fundamentals of Radiology, Sixth Edition, by Robert A. Novelline, MD

d)  Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th edition, by Weir, Abrahams, Spratt, and Salkowski

2.) Teaching files and selected web-based modules

Content of Rotation

  1. Daily one hour seminars covering basic imaging principles.
  2. Daily regular radiology teaching sessions and seminars with instruction by attending radiologists.
  3. Daily departmental conferences at BMC and regional conferences sponsored by the NERRS
  4. Clinical rotations observing diagnostic imaging and image-guided interventions.
  5. Self-directed learning including textbook, teaching files, and online websites.
  6. Working in small groups, students facilitate a departmental radiology-pathology correlation conference during the last week of the rotation. In addition to a powerpoint presentation, each group provides a handout summarizing the case and its teaching points.
  7. Working in small groups, students present the evidence behind imaging for common clinical scenarios.
  8. Students present interesting cases each week to the class.
  9. Final examination is given on the last day of the rotation and focuses on basic imaging principles, image interpretation and imaging strategies.
  10. On-Call Requirement: one evening 5 pm to 7 pm.


080.2 Radiology Elective

Instructors: Christina LeBedis, M.D. (Director) and Jonathan Scalera, M.D. (Assistant Director)

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Contact: Paige Strecker        Telephone: 617 414-4939

Period to be offered:  Blocks 9-20

Description of Elective:

A four week elective can be arranged within the department after completion of 88 Radiology-Core Requirement.  Each elective can be tailored to the student’s educational goals. Electives are based in one of the clinical subspecialties: Body Imaging, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Pediatric Radiology, Breast Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Medical Education.  A Radiology textbook is loaned to each student for the month. Elective students prepare cases for the Student PACS project, one of which is given as an oral presentation. As a group, the elective students hold a review session for the Radiology clerkship students. A subspecialty specific final examination is given at the end of the block.


081.1 Radiation Oncology

Instructor: Ariel Hirsch, M.D. and staff

Location: EB-11

Contact: Monica Ryl

Telephone: 638-7057

Number of Students: 1 – 2 students

Period to be offered: One month

Description of Elective:

This elective is designed to provide an introduction to radiation oncology in the management of patients with cancer. Students will participate in the evaluation, radiation treatment planning, treatment evaluation and follow-up of patients with cancer. The role of radiation oncology in the multi-modality management of patients with cancer will be emphasized.