June 13, 2019

Medical Students Get Hands-On Radiology Experience at AMA Annual Meeting

For the 5th year in a row, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and members of the American Medical Association (AMA) Radiology Section Council participated in the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Medical Specialty Showcase and Clinical Skills Workshop.

On Saturday, June 8, at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago, medical students had the opportunity to practice procedures like ultrasound-guided biopsies and aspirations, and interventional radiology procedures such as catheterization and IVC filter placement and retrieval.

Students also learned how radiation oncologists plan radiation treatment for their patients, using special software that targets tumors while avoiding vital organs.

Volunteers for the various stations were:

  • William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD (catheterization)
  • Travis Meyer, MD (IVC filter demos)
  • Ty Childs, MD; Robert Gibbs, MD; Sarvenaz Pourjabbar, MD; and Jessica Telleria, MD (ultrasound-guided procedures)
  • Raymond Wynn, MD; Alec Harris, MD; and Chelsea Miller, MD (radiation treatment planning)

Gunjan Malhotra, MD was on hand at the ACR booth to respond to questions from the medical students. ACR staff Jan Cox, Beth Meehan, Becky Haines and Brian Bialecki joined her.

These hands-on “Totally Rad” workshops are part of the efforts of the ACR’s Medical Education and Student Outreach (MESO) team and go a long way toward dispelling myths about the specialty. We are grateful to all of our volunteers for providing this opportunity to future radiology professionals.