For the latest COVID-19 campus news and resources, visit umassmed.edu/coronavirus.

Search Close Search
Page Menu

Electives

Hands-on MRI Scanning Elective

Within our Radiology Residency Program, third and fourth-year residents and fellows are given the opportunity to participate in a hands-on MRI scanning elective at Brighton Shields MRI, known as MRI Scanning at the Console. During the elective the trainees will be exposed to and offered instruction in all practical aspects of MRI examinations, including MRI safety and screening, patient and coil positioning, image acquisition, sequence optimization, artifact recognition and troubleshooting. By the end of this rotation participants will be able to independently complete and optimize acquisition of seven basic MRI examinations (brain, knee, shoulder, spine, MRCP, liver, pelvis).

The elective is designed to complement the annual MRI physics curriculum with practical applications, and produce radiologists trained in the art and science of high-value MRI. The course is taught by Tiron Pechet, MD, and Khashayar Rafat-Zand, MD, who will accompany the trainees in an intense, one-on-one hands-on MRI experience.

Radiology Leadership Institutes Health Care Economic Milestones Program

All of our second-year radiology residents take part in the RLI Health Care Economics Milestones Program (HCEM).  The program provides a unique, interactive experience for residents to gain knowledge in radiology health care economics and at the same time, satisfies the ACGME systems-based practice competency requirement.  The course is locally supervised by David Choi, MD, PhD, and Aaron Harman, MD; however the course is taught by national experts via webinars.

Introduction to Radiology Informatics Course

This is offered to all radiology residents as an elective.  This is an online course that is given twice a year.  The course is five days long and residents are given scholarly time to be able to take the course. The course walks residents through the basics of radiology informatics through small group sessions, prerecorded lectures, online interactive lectures and reading assignments.  The course is led by more than 20 imaging informatics experts.  The residents have had a great experience with this course.

Community Non-Vascular Intervention Elective

This elective is specially designed to give senior residents an idea of what it is like to perform interventional procedures in a community hospital setting as well as expose them to a wide variety of non-vascular interventional procedures.
  • The residents and fellows work directly with and under the supervision of the attending radiology staff as they interpret diagnostic radiology images as well as doing interventional procedures, with the goal of improving the residents and fellows skills in all facets of radiology imaging and diagnosis
  • The purpose of this elective is to expose residents, in their 3rd or 4th year, to community radiology at one of our associated community sites
  • Supervise, protocol and review cases with attending radiologists
  • Interpret & perform appropriate volume of cases for the level of training to ensure adequate exposure to the wide spectrum of pathology relating to radiology