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Medical Student Teaching Program

Radiology Medical Student Teaching Program
Upstate University Hospital
Rm. 3428
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-9692
Fax: 315 464-7494
Name: Carolyn Snyder, Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Upstate Hospital Department of Radiology supports these elective clerkship programs offered through Upstate Medical University:

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RADL7201: Diagnostic Radiology

Andrij Wojtowycz, MD, FACR, FSARAndrij Wojtowycz, MD, FACR, FSAR
Professor of Radiology and Medicine
Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program and Vice Chair of Education

Maximum number of students: 10

This is an elective clerkship for 3rd and 4th year medical students. It is designed to discuss fundamentals of diagnostic image interpretation and clinical indications for imaging examinations. This clerkship is formally structured with didactic lectures on core sections including thoracic imaging, abdominal imaging, neuroradiology and musculoskeletal imaging as well as a dedicated lecture to introduce ACR Appropriateness Criteria. Problem-based learning exercises, visual teaching files, conferences, observation of film interpretation and observation of special procedures are also included. A basic radiology review book (Radiology 101: the Basics and Fundamentals of Imaging by Erkonen and Smith) will be provided. Educational material such as lectures and teaching points as well as previous medical student presentations are available on our educational website (Brightspace Learning System).

Four-week clerkship rotations are offered. Student sessions run from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Final grade is determined by resident evaluations, observation of classroom performance, presentation, and final examination.


  • Review relevant anatomy, pathophysiology, and imaging findings of common diseases.
  • Describe relative appropriateness criteria for imaging modality of choice to solve common clinical questions.
  • Learn basic plain film and CT interpretation and become familiar with other modalities.
  • Become familiar with digital radiology and radiology terminology.
  • Become familiar with how to interact with radiologist as a clinical colleague.
  • Consider a career in radiology if interested.

RADL7206: Neuroradiology

Elective Coordinator: Kavya Mirchia, MD

Maximum number of students: 1

Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the head and spine, cerebral angiograms, and myelograms.


  • Learn the role of imaging in the diagnostic evaluation of the patients with suspected neurological or otolaryngological disease.
  • Learn basic interpretation of CT of head in common and life-threatening diseases such as stroke and head trauma.
  • Become familiar with MR imaging.

The student attends and participates in all neuroradiology teaching sessions and conferences. He/she is encouraged to undertake a special project during the elective, including research on and presentation of a topic of neuroradiologic interest.

RADL7210: Interventional Radiology

Elective Coordinator: Tomas Appleton-figueira, MD

Maximum number of students: 1

The elective will familiarize the student with the practice of interventional radiology through active participation with the staff and residents of the Division of Interventional Radiology (IR). Activities include participation in pre-procedure patient work-up and planning, performance of procedures, and follow-up.


  • Recognize cases that may benefit from diagnostic or therapeutic services offered by IR.
  • Request appropriate procedures.
  • Be aware of necessary pre-procedural workup and post-procedural care.

A weekly vascular conference with the surgery service is given. The small faculty-to-student ratio maximizes the opportunity for one to one teaching.

RADL7217: Nuclear Medicine

Elective Coordinator: Mary McGrath, MD

Maximum number of students: 1

The elective will expose student to Nuclear Medicine by correlation of clinical problems and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Methods include planar and tomographic imaging, computer image processing and quantitation, in vitro testing and radioiodine therapy of hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer. Integration of various imaging modalities (nuclear, adiographic, CT, MR and ultrasound) with patient problem is stressed.


  • Learn the role of Nuclear Medicine in various pathologic conditions.
  • Become familiar with different modalities such as planar imaging, SPECT and PET.
  • Be aware of necessary pre-procedural workup and post-procedural care for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.