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Department: MERAD-Radiology (includes Radiation Oncology)
Course: 528-MSK (Musculoskeletal Radiology)

Course Coordinator: Dr. Marc Willis, D.O.
Course Faculty: Dr. Marc Willis, D.O.,Dr. Arun Nachiappan
Elective Location: BTGH
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Must have completed 570-506 or 570-508 prior
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8am - 5pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
COURSE OFFERED: July, august, September, October, January, March, April, June After completing the MSK elective, the student should be proficient in the following skills: 1. Learn to describe fractures in a systematic way a. Location b. Fracture line (ie - transverse, spiral, oblique, longitudinal) c. Type of fracture (ie - complete, incomplete, simple, comminuted) d. Orientation (ie - angulation, distraction, displacement e. Associated findings (ie - impaction, compression, subluxation, dislocation) f. Special Fractures (ie - torus/buckle, greenstick, bowing deformity) 2. Understand the concept behind ordering orthogonal views, visualizing joints above and below, and considering films of other areas that may have been injured based on mechanism of injury (ie - vertebral injury in the setting of lower extremity from fall)
Learning Activities
1. Read Squires Fundamentals of Radiology, chapters 1, 2, 3, and 15. 2. Students will spend 4 weeks in the MSK reading room where they will be exposed to various imaging modalities used in MSK radiology. Students will also have exposure to joint injections to learn technique and indications for this therapy. 3. Students will attend MSK conferences held during that month. 4. Students will present one interesting case that they come across during the month. The presentation should be no more than ten minutes, and in Powerpoint format utilized for the department teaching file. 5. Students will complete one project during the month. Emphasis on research, publication, educational exhibit, case files, improved efficiency of patient care, information technology or quality assurance. To be coordinated with the Course Director.
Evaluation Methods
Grade will be based upon evaluations by attending physicians and residents, as well as the patient presentation. Evaluations will comprise 80% of the final grade, with the quiz grade accounting for 20%.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Report to the MSK reading room on the first day of the rotation at 8am. Wear professional clothing (no scrubs).
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Becky Baxter
Contact Phone: 713-798-6362
Contact Fax: 713-798-8359
Contact Location:
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