Drexel University

Radiology Pathway

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

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FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Radiology Pathway Breakout Handout 2018-2019


The Diagnostic Radiology Discipline-based Pathway is intended for those senior medical students interested in pursuing a career in Diagnostic Radiology. Participation in this discipline-based pathway would assure the student experience in general radiology as well as in designated specialties. A maximum of three months of Diagnostic Radiologic Courses will be permitted. Suggested elective courses as described below have been selected based on their close affiliation with imaging studies or their contribution to a greater understanding of disease processes and their manifestation on imaging studies.

In accordance with required medical school rotations, a senior medicine subinternship and neurology rotation will be served at the DUCOM clinical sites, as well the third required component of this pathway, General Diagnostic Radiology.

Six elective rotations will be offered, a maximum of two which can be in the radiologic subspecialties. These rotations may be served at the home or away sites.

Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director and Site Coordinator
Drexel University COM
Steven Herman, M.D.
Hahnemann University Hospital
245 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 215-762-1808 Phone
(215) 762-2350 Fax 

Coordinator: Debra Gonzalez
(215) 762-1808 Phone
(215) 762-2350 Fax

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Goals and Objectives

The required and suggested elective courses as part of this curriculum provide the interested student with an opportunity to participate in General Diagnostic Radiology and the subspecialties, while continuing to emphasize the importance of general medical education during senior year, through rotations in clinical specialties which are closely affiliated with the imaging counterparts. The student will attain a clear understanding of the imaging studies provided by diagnostic radiology, the order and type of studies essential to an imaging workup and the consultative role of the radiologist.

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Description of Pathway

Click here for summary table of Radiology Pathway

General Diagnostic Radiology

The student in this rotation will be exposed to the ten radiologic subspecialties, with emphasis on general diagnostic studies including plain film radiology and fluoroscopy. The purpose of this rotation is to introduce the student to the wide range of imaging studies provided by diagnostic radiology and to involve the student in the consultative process between diagnostic radiology and the clinical specialties.

Diagnostic Radiology - Subspecialty Electives

No more than two of the five suggested diagnostic radiology subspecialties may be selected. The subspecialties include Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, including MRI, CT and Myelography, and Cross Sectional Imaging, including Ultrasound, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and Pediatric Radiology. These rotations may be performed at the home or approved away clinical sites.

Non-Radiology Electives

Pulmonary Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology, and Gastroenterology are recommended, chosen to provide valuable background information for a student pursuing a career in Diagnostic Radiology.

A free elective may be chosen, if a resident chooses to serve in only one of the radiology subspecialties or in one of the above suggested non-radiology electives.

General Diagnostic Radiology in Discipline-Based Pathway


  1. The senior radiology student will begin each day at a preassigned work station, starting time to be determined by the involved attending. The student will have the option of attending emergency room readout each day at 8 a.m.
  2. The senior student will be expected to attend radiology conferences as scheduled for diagnostic radiology residents. Additionally, students will be involved in a daily dedicated medical student conference. The curriculum for dedicated student conferences will include:
    1. Approach to chest radiograph and pattern recognition.
    2. Workup of the patient with an abnormal chest radiograph.
    3. The abdominal film and workup of the acute abdomen.
    4. Indications and limitations of each cross sectional imaging modality (US, CT, MRI). Workup of the patient with pelvic pain.
    5. Genito-urinary radiology and evaluation of the patient with Hematuria.
    6. Approach to the bone film and typical fractures.
    7. Vascular & Interventional Radiology.
    8. Neuroradiology and workup of the patient with headache.

    Attendance to clinical conferences such as trauma, chest, tumor board is also suggested.

  3. Senior students will be responsible for weekly interesting case presentations at the end of the general diagnostic radiology rotation. The case for presentation should be selected from one of those the student has been involved with the diagnostic evaluation.
  4. The student evaluation will be determined by the medical student clerkship director and staff radiologists with whom the student has worked closely. A contributing portion of the evaluation will include the student's performance during the dedicated medical student conferences and presentations.

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

The standard textbooks of Radiology are recommended, including Lucy Squire's Introduction to Radiology series
and/or William Herring's Learning Radiology.

ACR teaching files in either slides or film format.

Online resources such at Radiopaedia and StatDx.

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The student and clinical preceptor will meet at the end of the rotation to review comments and recommendations from evaluations during the rotation period.

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Reporting for Orientation: Please report to Radiology Conference Room, 3rd floor, North Tower, Department of Radiology at 9:00AM on the first day of the rotation.

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The provisions of The Student Handbook of Drexel University College of Medicine are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and the College of Medicine. The College of Medicine may, at any time, change any provisions, curriculum requirements, teaching facilities, affiliated teaching sites and/or their amenities, bylaws, rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary in the interest of the University, College of Medicine, and its students.
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Revised 10/02/2017 -- Specific questions or comments about the content of this page may be directed to the Division of Clinical Education