Radiology

 

88.1  Radiology  – Core Elective Requirement (4th Year Students)

Instructors: Priscilla Slanetz, M.D. (Director) and Jonathan Scalera, M.D. (Assistant Director)

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Student Coordinator: Justin Alfonse

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.

***Please note that this is only for students who did not take Radiology as a Selective in their 3rd year***

 

080 Radiology Electives

Instructors: Priscilla Slanetz, M.D. (Director) and Jonathan Scalera, M.D. (Assistant Director)

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Contact: Justin Alfonse        Telephone: 617 414-4914

Period to be offered:  Blocks 9-20

Number of Students:  4-5 per block

PRE-REQUISITE: Completed either the Third Year Radiology Selective or the Fourth Year Radiology Core Elective

Description of Elective:

The Radiology Elective is for the BUSM student to gain a deeper experience in a limited number of areas in radiology, based on their particular interests. This could include a variety of imaging modalities such as general radiology, CT, MRI, or ultrasound. Elective students will build upon the fundamental knowledge obtained in the general radiology Selective to better understand radiology’s role in the care of patients and to practice with image and radiologic report interpretation in their selected areas. In addition, elective students will become familiar with radiologic study selection to best answer specific clinical questions and imaging study acquisition from both the technical and patient perspectives.

Neuroradiology (080.3)

Pediatric Radiology (080.4)

Body Imaging (080.5)

Breast Imaging (080.6)

Musculoskeletal Imaging (080.7)

The elective takes place in the Department of Radiology at Boston University Medical Center. At the beginning of the elective, the student will identify an attending radiologist with whom they plan to spend the majority of their elective time with as their mentor. This radiology attending will also be responsible for completing the student’s evaluation at the end of the elective rotation.

Elective students are expected to follow the Radiology Elective daily schedule which will be distributed and available on Blackboard.

Through clinical observation in the imaging suites and radiology reading room, elective students will interact with patients, radiology technologists, residents, fellows and attending. Through required readings within each subspecialty, students will focus on studying on the subspecialty-specific Required Diagnoses that are assigned to each subspecialty within the Radiology elective.

 

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.

 

082.0 Interventional Radiology Elective

Instructors: Priscilla Slanetz, M.D. (Director) and Jonathan Scalera, M.D. (Assistant Director)

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Contact: Justin Alfonse        Telephone: 617 414-4914

Period to be offered:  Blocks 9-20

PRE-REQUISITE: Completed of either the Third Year Radiology Selective or a Fourth Year general radiology elective that can be arranged with the Radiology Department.

Description of Elective:

The Interventional Radiology (IR) Elective is for the BUSM student to gain an immersive experience in IR.  The student will be a fully-functioning member of the Interventional Radiology team.  This rotation is designed for fourth-year students who have completed the Radiology Selective or Core Elective.  Students will build on fundamental knowledge obtained in the radiology Selective as well as draw upon clinical skills developed in other third-year rotations such as Internal Medicine and Surgery.

Students will be exposed to a variety of procedures that treat disease processes from nearly every organ system. This is meant to be hands-on rotation modeled after a surgical sub-internship,  and will include responsibilities such as seeing consults, rounding on inpatients, and writing H&P’s and post-procedure notes.  Students will be gradually given autonomy until they can function as an independent team member and handle a small patient load (2-3 patients).

The elective takes place in the Department of Radiology at Boston University Medical Center. The student will identify an attending radiologist with whom they plan to spend the majority of their elective time with as their mentor. This radiology attending will also be responsible for completing the student’s evaluation at the end of the elective rotation.

Students will interact with patients, radiology technologists, residents, fellows and attending’s. Through required readings within each subspecialty, students will focus on studying on the subspecialty-specific Required Diagnoses that are assigned to each subspecialty within the Radiology elective.

 

083.0 Radiology Education Elective

Instructor:  Kitt Shaffer, MD, PhD, FACR

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Contact: Justin Alfonse       Telephone: 617 414-4914

Period to be offered:  Blocks 9-20

Number of Students: One 4th year medical student

Pre-Requisites:

  • All fourth-year Radiology education elective students are required to successfully complete the Radiology Selective as a prerequisite for the Radiology Education elective
  • Student consultation with the elective mentor before signing up for this elective to ensure that prerequisite knowledge base is present and that the plan for meeting the goals and objectives has been outlined
  • Student will attend weekly meetings with their mentor and complete all milestones

Description of the Elective:

The 4-week Radiology Education Elective provides a fourth-year student with an opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Kitt Shaffer on various Radiology education projects as well as providing guidance on Radiology as a career choice.  As part of an ongoing focus on exposing medical students to Radiology at an early stage of training, students have been involved in various projects such as the collaboration and development of an interactive anatomy website for physician assistant training programs. Fourth-year elective students have also been collaborating with Dr. Shaffer in the development of a website for teaching breast imaging concepts at the medical student level. Currently, students are working with Radiology residents to input cases into the website and, in the future, students will provide feedback on design and content elements.  As a result of the wide exposure BU medical students receive to Radiology early in their training, BUSM has continued to have a high rate of interest in Radiology as a career.

Each student is expected to follow the Radiology Elective daily schedule which will be distributed and available on Blackboard.  Each student will meet with Dr. Shaffer, the Radiology education mentor, to review the weekly milestones. The student is expected to research the content area for an educational project and give a final presentation (e.g., lecture/seminar/workshop, small group facilitation, instructional materials, online presentation, and/or medical education manuscript abstract proposed for publication).  In addition, the Radiology Education elective student will take the final exam by the end of the elective to receive credit and a grade.

The Radiology Education elective takes place in the Department of Radiology at Boston University Medical Center. Elective students are expected to follow the Radiology Elective daily schedule which will be distributed and available on Blackboard.

  • The location for the educational elective is within the Breast Imaging area alongside mentor, Dr. Shaffer. However, if there is another area of interest within Radiology, elective students may work within that area but focusing on instructions from Dr. Shaffer.

 

084.0 Radiology Research Elective

Instructors: Priscilla Slanetz, M.D. (Director) and Jonathan Scalera, M.D. (Assistant Director)

Location: BMC – FGH Building, 3rd Floor

Contact: Justin Alfonse        Telephone: 617 414-4914

Period to be offered:  Blocks 9-20

Number of Students:  4 per block

Description of the Elective:

The Radiology Research Elective is for the BUSM student to gain experience with the initiation and completion of a clinical and/or basic science research project.  After completion of this elective, the student will gain an understanding of the process of research and the completion of these projects.

The student will join a supervising Radiology faculty mentor for a research project that is organized prior to the start of the elective and approved by the elective subcommittee of the medical school.  The student will work as a member of the team with the principal investigator and/or other junior investigators.  The student will spend his/her time performing some or all of the study research, study development, IRB submission, study planning and data collection, data analysis, and study write up.  A thorough written summary of the student’s progress and/or accomplishments will also be performed.  The student will also attend various conferences focused on the findings of the various radiologic cases.  Emphasis is placed on developing skill in performance of research techniques, with particular focus on development of research ideas, IRB creation and submission, data collection and analysis, and manuscript creation.  Students are expected to participate in all research activities Monday through Friday.

Immediately after signing up for this course, please do the following:

  1. Please contact Justin Alfonse the Medical Student Coordinator at Justin.Alfonse@bmc.org listing your name, BUSM class year, subspecialty of interest and block dates that you would prefer for Radiology Research.
  2. Please contact Justin Alfonse, Justin.Alfonse@bmc.org for a sample template of the Radiology Research Elective Proposal form.
  3. Complete the Radiology Research Elective Proposal form and submit the form to Margaret LaVoye at Margaret.lavoye@bmc.org 8 weeks in advance of the start of your block.
  4. Please contact Margaret LaVoye from Radiology Research at Margaret.lavoye@bmc.org regarding CITI trainings that need to be completed prior to being matched with a mentor and put on an IRB.
  5. Feel free to call 617 414-4914 with any additional questions.