Medical Student Education

Radiology education is an integral part of mission of the radiology department at Columbia University Medical Center. Faculty and residents work closely with exceptional students from the College of Physicians and Surgeons who rotate through our department. The radiology electives are among the most popular at the medical school.

Students are taught the basics of image interpretation and the most common radiologic life threatening emergencies. Students are familiarized with the ACR appropriateness criteria to facilitate appropriate utilization of radiologic resources regardless of the clinical specialty they wish to pursue. Many students also participate in the various research opportunities offered through our department.

We are proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with RADAID to provide medical students with one of the first global health radiology electives in the country.

We also provide opportunities for many international students who are interested in exploring a radiology elective with us. Please contact Brooke Rawson (br2408@cumc.columbia.edu) in the medical school to enroll in any of the electives.

Diagnostic Radiology Elective: Diagnostic Radiology

4 weeks

By the end of the course medical students will be comfortable describing basic findings in the subspecialties of neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, abdominal radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, and cardiothoracic radiology. Medical students will be able to recognize emergent life threatening clinical scenarios using radiographs, CT, and MRI imaging and to understand a radiologic report in a comprehensive manner. A major objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the American College of Radiology Appropriateness criteria to improve proper utilization of imaging services. The course curriculum includes didactic and case based lectures in addition to teaching by the workstation.

Faculty

  • Dr. Pallavi Utukuri

Radiology and Anatomy: in collaboration with the Gross Anatomy course

4 weeks

By the end of the course, medical students will be comfortable describing basic findings in the subspecialties of neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, abdominal radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, and cardiothorcacic radiology. Medical students will be able to recognize emergent life threatening clinical scenarios using radiographs, CT, and MRI imaging and to understand a radiologic report in a comprehensive manner. A major objective is to familiarize the students with the American College of Radiology Appropriateness criteria to improve proper utilization of imaging services. The course curriculum includes didactic and case based lectures in addition to teaching by the workstation.

In addition, students gain an appreciation for correlating x-rays and cross sectional imaging with their counterparts in gross anatomy.

Faculty

  • Dr. Pallavi Utukuri
  • Dr. Paulette Bernd

Nuclear Medicine

Waitlist Only

The purpose of this course is to develop the student's understanding of the role of radionuclide imaging in modern clinical practice. The student will participate in various diagnostic and therapeutic activities with primary emphasis on static and dynamic scintillation imaging, including PET/CT, in order to gain awareness of the indications, advantages, and limitations of these diagnostic methods and the principles of their interpretation. Students attend the Nuclear Radiology teaching conference each morning, as well as the regular sessions in general nuclear medicine, PET imaging, and nuclear cardiology. Students become familiar with the principles of emission tomographic imaging and uses of computers in several types of medical imaging. Students are also introduced to the principles of magnetic resonance imaging and may attend selected MRI reading and teaching sessions. Attendance at the daily diagnostic radiology didactic 7:30 am and case review 12:30 pm sessions also is encouraged

Faculty

  • Dr. Randy Yeh

Interventional Neuroradiology

4 week preceptorship

Interventional Neuroradiology is a developing field that allows treatment of cerebrovascular diseases; head, neck, and spinal tumors; and craniofacial malformations with image-guided techniques. The neurointerventional preceptorship offers the student an opportunity to learn about patient care, decision-making, and treatment of complex cerebral vascular diseases, such as acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, unruptured cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulas, symptomatic atherosclerotic stenosis, and other causes of inflammatory cerebral vasculopathy. The student will learn about clinical and radiographic diagnosis, neurovascular anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, as well as advantages and disadvantages of various therapeutic options. Attendance at weekly conferences is encouraged. By special agreement, a combined rotation with diagnostic neuroradiology or vascular interventional radiology may be arranged. Scholarly projects may be arranged as time permits.

Faculty

  • Dr. Philip M. Meyers
  • Dr. Sean D. Lavine
  • Dr. Grace K. Mandigo

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

4 week preceptorship

The course objective is to provide medical students with exposure to the field of vascular and interventional radiology. Students become an integral part of the clinical evaluation and treatment of inpatients and outpatients treated with the minimally invasive techniques of interventional radiology.

Students participate in the work-up of patients, the actual procedures, and patient aftercare. Students may be offered opportunities for clinical research projects. The range of diseases treated span peripheral and renovascular disease, venous disease, regional therapy of cancer, biliary disease, gynecologic interventions, and uterine fibroid embolization. Close supervision is provided by the attending staff and fellows. Section conferences include magnetic resonance and CT angiography conferences, case reviews, and didactic sessions. This elective may be arranged as a preceptorship with an individual attending staff within the division, as well.

Faculty

  • Dr. Jonathan Sussman

Course Coordinator

  • Helen Pena-Chacon

Diagnostic Radiology Research

Waitlist only D& I

Participation in clinical or basic radiologic research, either in an ongoing project or in a project of the student's initiation.

Radiology Selective

2 weeks, MCY only

In addition to understanding pathology at the cellular or biological level, understanding the imaging presentation is essential to modern medicine. Medical students should be introduced to this field prior to their clinical rotations. The selective will not only familiarize students with the various career opportunities in radiology; it will also make them more comfortable with the more common imaging studies they will encounter in their clinical years.

Global Health Radiology Clerkship

4 weeks

This elective clerkship, in collaboration with Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Department of Radiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, will offer students the unique opportunity to integrate their interests in radiology and global health. The clerkship provides significant grounding in how the research and practice of radiological sciences interplays with global health outreach efforts to reduce disease, improve screening/diagnosis/treatment, and reduce health care disparities across the world. This clerkship is offered in partnership with RAD-AID, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Nations and World Health Organization, with the mission of improving and increasing radiology and medical imaging health services for poor and medically underserved regions of the world. RAD-AID has 3500 members, 33 university-based chapters, and operations in 14 countries.

Columbia medical students will need to complete a 4-week radiology elective or the Radiology “selective” before this clerkship. Students will be supervised by Dr. Pallavi Utukuri, Ernst Garcon, Dave Mobley, and Elise Desperito during the “selective” and “elective” with additional guidance provided to those students who will be working in partnership with RAD-AID on an international project.