Medical Students

Clerkship Director: Bryan Wolf, M.D.

Introduction for current Medical Students

Welcome to Diagnostic Radiology's educational program for OHSU Medical Students. This site is designed to prepare you with the basics about radiology and will help you understand the role of radiology in medicine for your future career, whether you plan on specializing in radiology or not. By the end of this rotation you should have been introduced to some of the basics of the four core areas of radiology (body, chest, musculoskeletal and neurologic imaging).  More importantly, you should begin to understand the value radiology can bring to your future clinical practice and the tools the radiologist has at their disposal to narrow and define your own differentials.

There is a list below of areas of study to reference throughout the rotation. These follow the organization pattern of Learning Radiology, third edition; a copy of this text will be loaned to you for the duration of the rotation.  In addition to the linked reading guide, complementary articles are listed to augment the introductory text for the interested learner.  Due to unpredictable clinical demands of the volunteer resident, fellow and attending lecturers, lecture material will not follow the textbook curriculum.

There is no formalized test at the conclusion of the rotation.  You will be assessed throughout the rotation by the residents, fellows and faculty you observe and necessary feedback will be relayed to the clerkship director.  Attendance is mandatory where described, is personally tracked and will comprise a large component of your pass/fail grade.  There is a large component of self-directed learning on this rotation.  This should be utilized to extend reading room observation, complete reading assignments, and study areas of interest in radiology outside of the scope of the basic curriculum.  If there is student interest in areas of radiology outside of the core curriculum, contact the clerkship director to look into individualized rotations during this time period.

Links are provided to a list of interdisciplinary conferences, suggested reading list for Learning Radiology, a blank attendance form for reference when needed and some helpful links for more information about Radiology in general.

A message to radiology visiting students.

Areas of Study for this course: Chest Imaging | Body Imaging | Musculoskeletal Imaging | Neuroradiology
Pediatric Radiology | Women's Imaging | Emergency Radiology | Nuclear Medicine | Ultrasound | Contrast, Radiation and Physics

Course Documents: Expectations | Multi-Disciplinary and Teaching Conferences for Radiology | Goals & Objectives | Assigned Textbook readingMedical Student Attendance Sheet

Radiology Sites: American Board of Radiology | American College of Radiology

Radiology Journals: Radiographics | American Journal of Roentgenology | Radiology

Chest Week

Chest Page Topic Learning Radiology reading assignment Supplemental Journal articles
Monday Introduction pp. 1-7  
Tuesday Recognizing normals pp. 13-31 Lines and stripes
Wednesday Airspace disease, hemithorax opacification, atelectasis, pleural effusions and pneumonia pp. 35-75 Interstitial pneumonias, mosaic attenuation, tree in bud pattern
Thursday Gas outside of the lung and line placements pp. 76-96 Chest trauma
Friday Chest and heart disease pp. 97-127 Lung cancer screening, solitary pulmonary nodules

The following is a suggested reading guide for the provided medical student text Learning Radiology. The book is targeted towards entry level learners, providing the necessary foundations for image interpretation. Each section includes concise, image rich information that will be relevant to most areas of future general practice. Students should be able to complete the book in its entirety given the amount of time reserved for self-directed learning. When time does not permit due to scheduling or if a guided format is desired, please ascribe to the following schedule to complete the most pertinent sections of the book prior to completion of the course. High-yield sections are bolded.

  • Chapter 1:Recognizing Anything, pages 1-7
  • Chapter 2:Recognizing a Technically Adequate Chest Radiograph, no assigned reading
  • Chapter 3:Recognizing Normal Pulmonary Anatomy, pages 14-22
  • Chapter 4:Recognizing Normal Cardiac Anatomy, pages 24-31 (exclude MRI cardiac anatomy)
  • Chapter 5:Recognizing Airspace versus Interstitial Disease, pages 35-44
  • Chapter 6:Recognizing the Causes of an Opacified Hemithorax, pages 45-49 
  • Chapter 7:Recognizing Atelectasis, pages 50-57
  • Chapter 8:Recognizing a Pleural Effusion, pages 58-67
  • Chapter 9:Recognizing Pneumonia, pages 68-75
  • Chapter 10:Recognizing PTX, Pneumomediastinum, Pneumopericardium and Subq. emphysema, pages 76-83
  • Chapter 11:Recognizing Correct Placement of Lines and Tubes and Their Potential Complications, pages 85-96
  • Chapter 12:Recognizing Diseases of the Chest, pages 97-112
  • Chapter 13:Recognizing Adult Heart Disease, pages 114-127

Body Week

 Body Page Topic Learning Radiology reading assignment Supplemental journal articles 
Monday Recognizing normals pp. 129-145 Foreign bodies
Tuesday Bowel obstructions and extraluminal gas pp. 147-166 Small bowel obstruction
Wednesday Trauma pp. 174-181 Blood in belly, blunt bowel injury, penetrating trauma, trauma in pregnant
Thursday Gastrointestinal, hepatic and urinary tract abnormalities pp. 182-202 Congenital abnormalities, oncologic emergencies
Friday Ultrasonography pp. 204-219  

The following is a suggested reading guide for the provided medical student text Learning Radiology. The book is targeted towards entry level learners, providing the necessary foundations for image interpretation. Each section includes concise, image rich information that will be relevant to most areas of future general practice. Students should be able to complete the book in its entirety given the amount of time reserved for self-directed learning. When time does not permit due to scheduling or if a guided format is desired, please ascribe to the following schedule to complete the most pertinent sections of the book prior to completion of the course. High-yield sections are bolded.

  • Chapter 14:Recognizing the Normal Abdomen, pages 129-139
  • Chapter 15:Recognizing the Normal Abdomen and Pelvis on Computed Tomography, pages 140-145
  • Chapter 16:Recognizing Bowel Obstruction and Ileus, pages 147-157
  • Chapter 17:Recognizing Extraluminal Gas in the Abdomen, pages 158-166
  • Chapter 18:Recognizing Abnormal Calcifications and Their Causes, no assigned reading
  • Chapter 19:Recognizing the Imaging Findings of Trauma, pages 174-181
  • Chapter 20:Recognizing Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Urinary Tract Abnormalities, pages 182-202
  • Chapter 21:Ultrasonography – Understanding the Principles and Recognizing Nml and Abnormal, pages 204-219

MSK Week

MSK Page Topic Learning Radiology reading assignment Supplemental journal articles
Monday Basics of MRI pp. 220-227  
Tuesday Bone density issues pp. 228-239 Metabolic bone disease
Wednesday Fractures and dislocations pp. 240-253 Knee avulsions, stress fractures, thoracolumbar spine injuries, trauma after age of 65
Thursday Joint disease pp. 256-265 Inflammatory arthridities
Friday Infection and tumor None MSK infection, osteosarcoma, pedal osteomyelitis, soft tissue infections, spinal infections

The following is a suggested reading guide for the provided medical student text Learning Radiology. The book is targeted towards entry level learners, providing the necessary foundations for image interpretation. Each section includes concise, image rich information that will be relevant to most areas of future general practice. Students should be able to complete the book in its entirety given the amount of time reserved for self-directed learning. When time does not permit due to scheduling or if a guided format is desired, please ascribe to the following schedule to complete the most pertinent sections of the book prior to completion of the course. High-yield sections are bolded.

  • Chapter 22:MRI – Understanding the Principles and Recognizing the Basics, pages 220-227
  • Chapter 23:Recognizing Abnormalities of Bone Density, pages 228-239
  • Chapter 24:Recognizing Fractures and Dislocations, pages 240-253
  • Chapter 25:Recognizing Joint Disease – An Approach to Arthritis, pages 254-265

Neuroradiology Week

Neuroradiology Page Topic Learning Radiology reading assignment Supplemental journal articles
Monday MRI pp. 220-227  
Tuesday Intracranial pathology pp. 279-301  
Wednesday Stroke None Cerebrovascular injury, stroke imaging
Thursday Infection None Brain infection MRI
Friday Tumor None White matter diseases

The following is a suggested reading guide for the provided medical student text Learning Radiology. The book is targeted towards entry level learners, providing the necessary foundations for image interpretation. Each section includes concise, image rich information that will be relevant to most areas of future general practice. Students should be able to complete the book in its entirety given the amount of time reserved for self-directed learning. When time does not permit due to scheduling or if a guided format is desired, please ascribe to the following schedule to complete the most pertinent sections of the book prior to completion of the course. High-yield sections are bolded.

  • Chapter 22:MRI – Understanding the Principles and Recognizing the Basics, pages 220-227
  • Chapter 26:Recognizing Some Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain, no assigned reading
  • Chapter 27:Recognizing Some Common Causes of Intracranial Pathology, pages 279-301
  • Chapter 28:Recognizing Pediatric Diseases, no assigned reading