Department of Radiology
Medical Student Clerkship
Clerkship Director: Mary Connell, M.D.
Contact: Norma Valverde, Clerkship Coordinator
Telephone: (602) 344-1532
Fax: (602) 344 - 1004
Diagnostic Radiology 4 Week Elective
Faculty: Resident and Attending
Open to: 3rd & 4th Years
Maximum #clerks/month: 2
Offered:AYR (All Year Round)
Requirements: USMLE Step I (minimum 220 passing on first attempt). D.O. applicants we do not accept COMLEX over USMLE.
How to apply:
All applications accepted through VSAS only.
Welcome to the Maricopa Medical Center Department of Radiology!
During your time spent in our department, our goal is that you gain an understanding of the following:
- Techniques relevant to radiology
- Normal anatomic features and variants
- Radiological anatomy
- The formulation of differential diagnosis and diagnostic-management plans for developmental abnormalities, congenital anomalies, infections, tumors and tumor-like lesions, trauma, metabolic, systemic and hematological disorders, immunologic disorders and iatrogenic problems
- Build understanding of imaging evaluation for specific clinical scenarios
- Attend morning conference at 7:30 AM in the resident conference room.
- Attend noon conference in the resident conference room. (Note: Every Wednesday morning the residents have a neuroradiology conference at Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix which you are welcome to attend, but not expected to, in which case you should arrive at 9:00am)
- Attend Attending/Medical Student Conference
Outside of conferences your time will be spent with a resident reading studies in the various fields of radiology and checking these studies out with an attending. You will spend one week at a time on each service which may include:
- Abdominal Imaging
- Interventional Radiology
- Musculoskeletal Imaging
- Chest Imaging
Additionally during your month, you will be expected to put together a PowerPoint presentation discussing a topic of radiology. It is recommended that you pick a focused topic of radiology that interests you. This can include presenting interesting cases correlating the clinical presentation with radiologic findings using ChartMaxx and PACS, presenting a journal article- radiology journals can be found in the hospital library, presenting the various radiologic findings in a specific disease process (example: the various ways primary/reactivation TB appear on plain films, mechanism of injury and the fracture types that result). If you have questions or are stumped for a topic, feel free to ask the residents. You will present at one of the noon conferences during the last week of your rotation. Your presentation should last around 30 minutes, but you have the entire hour if you are so inclined. (If there are multiple students on the rotation at the same time, you can work together on a single topic).
- Maricopa Medical Center provides 3 free meals per day from the hospital cafeteria during your rotation.
- Free parking is available on site.
Students will be evaluated by the resident and supervising attending using the medical school evaluation form. The student will be expected to fill out an evaluation form rating the quality of the overall elective experience.
- Squire's Fundamentals of Radiology (Book on site for your use during your rotation)
- Fleckenstein’s Anatomy in Diagnostic Imaging
- Additionally the department has a collection of books in the various fields of radiology for your use.