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Medical Student Clerkships

The Radiology Clerkship at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a two-week core requirement for all third-year medical students. A maximum of five students may register for each rotation, which provides exposure to the entire spectrum of the fundamentals of radiology in a friendly, nurturing environment.

This diverse learning experience incorporates lectures, conferences, textbook readings, research, and rotations in various radiological subspecialties, as well as opportunities to observe many interventional procedures. Subspecialties include: chest and cardiovascular radiology, body CT and MRI, ultrasound, neuroradiology, vascular interventional, emergency radiology, pediatric, musculoskeletal, mammography and nuclear medicine.

Students are provided with a radiology syllabus, which describes the daily fundamentals of the rotation, clerkship objectives and evaluation criteria. In addition, the syllabus includes guidelines for choosing the appropriate imaging modality. Evaluation and grading is based on attendance and participation, as well as a 10-15-minute oral PowerPoint presentation. The textbook distributed to students is Clinical Radiology Made Ridiculously Simple by Hugue Ouellette, MD and Patrice Tetreault, MD. Other more in-depth texts are available for student use, upon request.

Objectives of Clerkships

Goals and objectives of the core clerkship include the following:

  • Apply students' knowledge of basic and clinical sciences to the decision-making process to identify the most appropriate imaging study for a given clinical condition
  • Understand the various types of imaging exams, including their indications, contraindications and complications
  • Understand how radiologic procedures are performed and their impact on the patient
  • Identify normal anatomical landmarks and common diseases on plain film and cross-sectional modalities
  • Understand the fundamentals of emergent evaluation for acute abdomen, cardiothoracic and skeletal trauma, and head injuries
  • Understand the proper placement of tubes and central venous lines, as well as the various complications of these procedures
  • Understand the basics of radiology safety and intravenous contrast use, including: indications, contraindications, and contrast reactions
  • Observe the interaction of the radiologist with various clinical departments including the radiology resident on evening call

Advanced Clerkship

For those seeking a more intensive experience after the two-week clerkship, we also offer a four-week elective in which the medical student can concentrate in up to four different radiology subspecialties. We offer students a tremendous amount of flexibility to suit their needs and future goals.

How to apply for Radiology Clerkships

Application for the Radiology Clerkship and Advanced Clerkship are submitted to Dr. Nadine Katz at the Registrar's Office. She may be reached by calling 718-430-3060. Inquiries may be emailed to: admissions@aecom.yu.edu.