February 01, 2018

Taking Radiology to Medical Students

American College of Radiology members and staff helped inform dozens of medical students and 180 Dallas area high school students on the education, training and daily practice of radiologists.

The radiology and orthopedics “Sawbones Workshop,” held at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is the result of a partnership between the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity and Nth Dimensions™. The workshop is an element of a larger Medical Education & Student Outreach effort to educate medical students on radiology careers early in their training.

“I look forward to meeting the medical students and high school students in this program. During the sessions they see MRI and plain film, but I think they like the ultrasound needle-guided session the best,” said Julia R. Fielding, MD, chief of abdominal imaging at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “My colleague and I set out three phantoms containing fluid collections and fruit. The students were able to perform a fine needle aspiration and a core biopsy and see the results themselves! This led to all sorts of questions about applying to medical school, radiology diagnosis and the work day of a physician,” added Fielding.

“I was extremely happy to see great enthusiasm among the medical students for both radiology and the latest technology. Playing with conspicuous nerves in three dimensions using MR neurography had the students excited,” said Avneesh Chhabra, MD, chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology at UT Southwestern, and Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

The workshop is one of many to take place nationwide. A number of ACR members — in collaboration with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and various institutions — are speaking directly to medical students at mentoring events around the country.

ACR members are also volunteering to serve as mentors to medical students through a match program featured on the AMSA website.

If you are interested in becoming a radiology mentor or hosting a summer internship in 2018 (or beyond), I strongly encourage you to contact the ACR.