Medical Student Education
The second-year medical student curriculum was created specifically for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.The goal of this curriculum is to utilize imaging to integrate anatomy, physiology and pathology with the clinical practice of medicine and surgery.The curriculum is a bridge between the anatomy and physiology learned in the first year with the pathology learned in the second year and the clinical aspects of medicine and surgery learned in the third and fourth years.
This curriculum consists of radiology cases specifically selected to integrate with the learning issues. Each radiology case was chosen for its teaching value related to the learning issues and to integrate with the second-year curriculum. Cases were selected to introduce all aspects of radiology including: X-rays, barium studies and state of the art multi detector row CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, angiography and interventional radiology.
The students receive unknown radiology cases with specific teaching points and reading assignments. Each case has a brief medical history and a set of images. The students have a scheduled one-hour mentor session to review the cases.The students are to come prepared to discuss the films and review the required reading material. A radiologist or radiology resident leads the resource session.At the resource session, the cases are reviewed.The students participate in this case review.The mentor reviews a prepared set of teaching points for each case.The teaching points are focused on the goal of the curriculum to utilize imaging to integrate anatomy, physiology and pathology with the clinical practice of medicine and surgery.At the end of each block, the students are examined on this material with an objective, specialized, clinical exam (OSCE).
MS3 and MS4 students have the opportunity to take electives in general radiology, neuroradiology, etc. Students work with residents and faculty by reading film in reading rooms, participating in procedures, and attending educational conferences.