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Undergraduate Radiology Education
The Department of Radiology participates fully in implementing and executing the curriculum of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. We have a presence in all four years of the students' education. In the first year we teach normal radiologic anatomy through a series of lectures and an interactive digital imaging atlas on the students' website. During the second year we demonstrate the radiologic appearances of some common diseases and show radiology's role in diagnosis. We also provide faculty facilitators to run small group sessions in the case-based learning (CBL) format throughout the academic year. Early in the third year, during the Transitional Clerkship, we lead a session delineating the uses of the major imaging modalities in working up some common clinical problems, stressing the strengths and limitations of each modality. Both third and fourth year students are encouraged to enroll in our four week, full-time introductory elective in Diagnostic Radiology (course # RADI 4550). The course is offered six or seven times each academic year and is very popular; 80% - 85% of the students take it before graduating. We also offer another elective, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (RADI 4552), which is tailored to individual student interest.
We also act as faculty advisors for students applying for radiology residency, meeting with them both as a group and individually to help them through the application and interview process.