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Course Code: MDRD RD2 TMC

Course Description

The radiology clerkship is a concentrated two week experience in diagnostic imaging and its role in patient care. Students attend daily faculty lectures and spend time in each of the imaging areas within the radiology department. The imaging reading areas include: general radiology, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, angiography, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, musculoskeletal imaging, and mammography. While in the reading areas students can observe the imaging exams and interact with the radiologist as the results are interpreted and dictated. This experience offers opportunity to correlate patient clinical presentation and findings with the results from the appropriate diagnostic imaging exam(s). In addition to faculty lectures and time in the reading areas, students have access to the radiology teaching area where their knowledge can be augmented by participation in teaching files covering the full spectrum of diagnostic imaging. During the two weeks, students are required to complete an assigned programmed text on the principles of chest Roentgenology. Students are evaluated by input from attending radiologists in each of the reading areas (25%), student participation in class lectures ( 

Course Goals

  • To increase the student's knowledge of the various diagnostic imaging modalities offered by a modern radiology department and achieve a better understanding of how to select and sequence the appropriate imaging examinations for specific clinical presentations.
  • To gain additional insight into how diagnostic imaging fits into the multidisciplinary approach to patient care and understand the importance of communication, professionalism, and teamwork between clinicians and radiologists relating to patient management.
  • To offer the student the opportunity to observe diagnostic imaging exams, instill sensitivity towards the patient's needs and apprehension about particular procedures and discuss the results and interpretation with the radiologist.
  • To encourage correlation of diagnostic images with previously learned normal and pathologic anatomy and pathophysiology.
  • Increase the student's understanding and recognition of common processes and pathology available from chest, abdominal and bone radiographs.
  • Introduce students to the indications, contra-indications, patient preparation, post-procedure care, and relative radiation exposure for various diagnostic imaging exams.
  • Know the relative costs of different diagnostic imaging exams and be able to plan and sequence patient exams that optimizes outcome and cost-effective patient care.
  • Increase the students understanding of image digitization, how variables in digitization influence resolution and the computer's impact on diagnostic imaging (PACS).

Clerkship Website

Positions Available

Maximum 8 students for each block offered.

For more information contact either:

Darlene Dix, Radiology Executive Secretary
phone: 504-988-7627

Donald Olivares, Digital Imaging Specialist, Administrative Director
phone: 504-988-2976

Course Directors: Leslee McNabb, MD

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112