The University of Michigan Department of Radiology is involved in the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and its own faculty. In addition, the Department sponsors several continuing medical educational programs, where University of Michigan faculty give lectures to other physicians, many of whom are alumni.
Medical Student Education
The Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan is involved in medical student education throughout the medical school curriculum. Radiology faculty members participate in teaching Gross Anatomy, providing in-depth, highly visual imaging-anatomy correlation using conventional radiography, CT, MRI, ultrasound, PET scans and nuclear medicine studies. Students are also invited to participate in the Michigan Radiology Interest Group (MRIG), where they receive a case based introduction to radiology and hands-on ultrasound workshops. In addition, radiology is part of organ/system based learning modules for the current second year medical students. Senior medical students may enroll in either a general radiology rotation or spend a dedicated month in one of the subspecialty areas. The general radiology elective includes a comprehensive introduction to the optimal use of imaging for clinicians.
Resident Training and Education
The University of Michigan Department of Radiology sponsors both a four year residency in Diagnostic Radiology (DR) and an Interventional Radiology (IR) Clinical Pathway track for those candidates interested in pursuing fellowship training in IR. The department has applied to the ACGME for accreditation of both the new Integrated and Independent IR residency programs. DR residents in the IR Clinical Pathway receive training similar to future IR residents as the Clinical Pathway is closely modeled after the IR residency program. All Radiology residents receive a comprehensive training experience that incorporates cutting edge technology, a broad range of clinical pathology, and novel research. All residents are expected to attend two daily noon resident teaching conferences each day, given by faculty members on a rotating basis. They are also encouraged to attend the many morning subspecialty conferences and intradepartmental tumor boards, as well as occasional Grand Rounds lectures and journal clubs.
Faculty members are encouraged to participate in a variety of educational programs, to augment their clinical, research, and teaching skills. This includes participation in the institution’s Medical Education Scholars Program (MESP) and enrollment in national activities sponsored by a variety of Radiology organizations.
Continuing Medical Education
Faculty members also participate in three different continuing medical education (CME) courses each year, two of which are on a variety of general radiology topics and one of which focuses on musculoskeletal ultrasound. These courses are attended by many physicians in the private practice community.