Clerkships and Electives
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Radiology Department offers three courses for medical student instruction in radiology. All clerkships are fully accredited by Harvard Medical School.
1. The Core Clerkship
The Core Clerkship is only open to Harvard medical students and is required of all the students before graduating. It is a four-week program accommodating twelve students in their third or fourth year of study, and is offered at the Beth Israel Deaconess every month starting in July. The program teaches the menu of radiologic tests available and their efficacious use; emphasizes the basics of chest, skeletal, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary system imaging; and introduces angiography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasound, and neuroradiology.
A formal grade and letter of evaluation is submitted to Harvard Medical School at the end of the clerkship. The grade is based on daily performance, the mini-seminar case presentation in Powerpoint format, and a final examination which has a film-observation section and a multiple-choice section.
2. Advanced Clerkship: Not All Radiologists
The Advanced Clerkship is open to Harvard as well as non-Harvard students who want to pursue an area of radiology in more detail. It is an elective course that runs in four-week blocks from September through June. The course is tailored to student's needs, and accommodates up to seven students per month. The student can pursue a research project, structuring the month as a research elective or can take a clinical elective. A student who is interested in general clinical radiology may elect to do one week each of computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and angiography. A student who is interested in neuroradiology may elect an entire month in neuroradiology, observing and participating in neuro CT, neuro, MRI, and angiography. The student attends daily department conferences; otherwise this is a clinical elective, not a classroom experience. The student works daily in the section as part of the resident team, interacting with patients, their families, and referring physicians continually.
An official grade and letter of evaluation is submitted to HMS which forwards this to the parent medical school. The grade is based on daily performance and a mini-seminar case presentation in Powerpoint format.
3. Primary Care Radiology Clerkship
The Primary Care Radiology Clerkship is an elective open to Harvard as well as non-Harvard medical students, accommodating up to eight students. It runs in four week blocks from September through June. It is for senior students who have completed their core clerkships and would like to better integrate diagnostic imaging in their daily clinical management. It is therefore ideal for students anticipating a career in primary care medicine, ER, family practice or general surgery.
The course is patient-based covering the radiologic work-up and assessment of common primary care problems in an ambulatory setting. These include: the complications of tobacco and alcohol abuse, AIDS, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer and common pediatric problems. Epidemiology, health care maintenance and outcomes are included.
Pediatrics is covered with a full week spent in the radiology department at Children's Hospital. A week is also spent in the radiology department at Mt. Auburn Hospital, a busy community hospital, to ensure exposure to a broad range of common problems.
A formal grade and letter of evaluation is submitted to Harvard Medical School at the end of the clerkship. The grade is based on daily performance and a mini-seminar case presentation in Powerpoint format.
Applications for the Advanced Clerkship and the Primary Care Radiology Clerkship are made to the Registrar's Office of Harvard Medical School. Students from medical schools other than Harvard (including United States, Canadian, and other foreign medical schools) interested in the Advanced Clerkship or the Primary Care Radiology Clerkship should write or call for additional information and application materials.