Ascension Providence Hospital Diagnostic Radiology

Faculty Contact: Sachit Malde, MD

Rotation Location: Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus

Duration of the Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks

Students Per Month: 3-4

Work Hours: 5 days/week

Prerequisites: 2 years of medical school; MCE completion for MSUCHM students; internal medicine core clerkship completion

MSUCHM Course #: RAD 609

General: The radiology rotation is offered as an introduction to the role of diagnostic imaging in the provision of patient care.  Dramatic advances in imaging technology in the past 30 years have created a pivotal role for radiology in both the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Since all branches of medicine to some degree rely on diagnostic imaging, it is valuable for the medical student to understand the fundamentals of imaging, including indications for various examinations, the strength and weaknesses of various imaging modalities and the appropriate use of imaging in various clinical situations.

Goals & Objectives: The primary goal is to provide the medical student with a basic familiarity of the production and interpretation of diagnostic images.  The emphasis will be on the modalities most commonly used in everyday clinical practice.  These include plain radiographs, fluoroscopy, CT scans, ultrasound, MRI and image-guided procedures and angiography. Exposure to other areas, including mammography, may be arranged upon request.

  1. Plain radiographs - to understand the technical aspects of obtaining plain radiographs and the basics of interpretation, with emphasis on the most commonly ordered studies, i.e. chest x-rays, abdomen films and bone radiographs
  2. Fluoroscopy - to observe fluoroscopy and understand the indications for, and technical factors involved, with obtaining common fluoroscopic studies, i.e. barium enema, UGI and small bowel studies, etc.
  3. Body/Thoracic Imaging - to understand the fundamentals of obtaining CT images and gain an understanding of the appropriate indications for various studies
  4. Ultrasound - to observe how ultrasound images are obtained and become familiar with the strength and limitations of ultrasound in diverse clinical settings
  5. MRI - to understand the basic physical principles of MRI and the indications for various studies, including neurologic, musculoskeletal and abdominal imaging
  6. Angiography - to observe various angiographic procedures and understand the indications for various examinations along with the risks inherent in various procedures
  7. Students will be expected to attend the various conferences and didactic lectures provided by the department. Attendance at morning conference is MANDATORY and must be documented by singing in. Independent study is permitted in the afternoons.

Time off for interviews must be arranged through the coordinator in advance.

Evaluation: At the end of the rotation, the Rotation Director will collect data from the supervising physician and other medical team members and complete a written evaluation of the student that is reflective of the student’s academic competence, procedural proficiency and professional attributes. Evaluations will also be based on attendance and participation in addition to presentation and post-test performance. The standard medical school form from the student’s medical school will be used. If required, the student should complete a case log and an evaluation of the rotation and submit them to their medical school. Students are also asked to fill out an evaluation of their experience in the department at the end of the rotation.