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Department: MERAD-Radiology
Course: 514-Radiographic Anatomy

Course Director: L. Alexandre R. Frigini, M.D.
Course Faculty: L. Alexandre R. Frigini, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 2
Two Week Periods:
Min. Number of Students: Max:  50
Elective Type: Pre-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 0.75
Open to US Visiting Students: No
Open to International Visiting Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Wednesdays 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Course Description & Learning Objectives:
This course is designed to provide a detailed radiographic/Imaging correlation to the anatomy course of the first year medical students. The elective will be structured to run parallel with the anatomy course. The purpose of this course is three-fold: to reinforce the understanding of general anatomy, to learn how to approach and interpret basic radiographs, and to provide increased exposure to the field of radiology. Students will be presented with organ-based anatomy lessons in radiology. These preclinical students will be exposed to various imaging modalities such as plain film radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and angiography during these organ-based lectures. In addition to learning general radiographic anatomy, students will also be taught the principles of basic radiology. Students will learn how to systematically handle a radiograph and provide a simple interpretation. These preclinical students will also be trained to identify basic abnormalities on a radiograph. At the end of the elective, students should be comfortable with radiographs and be able to identify important anatomical structures. In addition, the students should be able to read a basic radiograph as well as recognize major radiographic abnormalities.

This course is open to MS1s in Term 2. This course starts in Term 2 and ends in Term 2.

Meeting Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18 (final exam)

Learning Objectives

1. Demonstrate knowledge necessary to correlate radiographic anatomy with gross general anatomy.
2. Select the various imaging modalities currently available to evaluate anatomy and pathology.
3. Identify important anatomical structures and common pathology in basic imaging studies.

Learning Activities
Recommended reading: Anatomy in Diagnostic Imaging by Peter Fleckenstein, Jorgen Tranum-Jensen, 2nd edition. The current general anatomy course for the first year medical students spans the first four curriculum blocks from August to February. This elective will run parallel with the general anatomy course. Lectures will range from one to two hours in duration and will occur two to four times per block depending on the amount of material to cover. At the end of the course, students will have been exposed to a minimum of 12 hours of lecture. The course will be taught by a volunteer group consisting of clinical students and Radiology residents with Radiology Faculty supervision.

Evaluation Methods
Students must attend a minimum of 5 of the 6 lectures with 1 mandatory final exam. The course will be graded on a Pass/Fail system. The exam will evaluate the students ability to identify general anatomy on various radiographs, as well as, major abnormalities. Students will also be provided with a feedback form along with exam examination that will assess course and instructor quality.

When and Where to report on first day of service:
First Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020; Location: Zoom; Additional Meeting Dates: see above
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Becky Baxter
Contact Phone: 713-798-6362
Contact Fax: 713-798-8359
Contact Location:
Address: BCM 360
Email: beckyb@bcm.edu
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