The Department of Radiology at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is committed to high-quality patient care, through both diagnostic and interventional methods as well as neuroradiology and nuclear medicine. In terms of teaching, the department uses standard teaching cases and observation of cases throughout the department, including at the breast diagnostic center. The department leads interdisciplinary conferences where faculty and students interact with other clinicians, including physicians, PA’s, nurses, and technologists.
The Radiology department supports the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine value domains in the following ways:
During the required radiology clerkship, students are exposed to a full review of anatomy through the imaging processes. In addition, students get a clearer understanding of physics and the application of physiology within image acquisition and interpretation through ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear medicine. Radiation safety is also part of the clerkship.
Students works with faculty in the department, observing how radiologists work with other health care providers as consultants. In addition, they see how radiologists interact with patients, either as consultants or during interventional treatments. The department leads interdisciplinary conferences focused on patient pretreatment and management.
Faculty within the department regularly serve as mentors for students’ research projects. In addition, interventional radiologists work with medical students on case reports. Faculty within the department also contribute to their own research publications and presentations.
Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice
While on the radiology clerkship or related electives, students not only work with faculty physicians, but also the technologists, nurses, physician assistants, and administrative staff that make up the radiology team. Through the department, students work with people at all levels to improve patient care and outcomes. Students will become more informed about high value care and avoiding low value care by learning to use the American College of Radiology (ACR) appropriateness criteria and studying imaging based cancer screening. A dedicated activity will explore other healthcare delivery systems and allow students to consider what changes they might make to the US system.
Not all student research projects are represented here, only those that have been published.