The department continues to expand its outreach to medical students and clinical residents. We offer electives in general radiology, pediatric radiology, acting radiology internships, and special topic electives in which student work on directed radiology topics with faculty. Over 50 percent of the class will take the general radiology elective before graduating and many take advanced and specific topic electives. Residents from the departments of neurosurgery, neurology, anesthesia, internal medicine, and emergency medicine have spent elective time in the department. We also offer electives to visiting students; our visiting students often return as residents.
The Radiology Student Interest Group (RING) continues to grow with approximately thirty members in consistent attendance at the monthly meeting. The group allows students to meet with practicing radiologists and to explore aspects of the specialty. Speaker topics included: “The Life of a Radiology Resident,” “How to Set Up Medical School Schedules for Radiology Experience,” and “Differences Between Academic and Private Practice Radiology.” Penn State College of Medicine students match in radiology departments around the country as well as at Penn State Hershey.
On the national level, radiology is involved in the medical student mission. Janet Neutze, M.D., was the 2007-2008 Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) president and presided over the annual AMSER meeting in Seattle, WA. AMSER is an alliance of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR). As AMSER president, she also served on the AUR Executive Board. Neutze will get some help this coming academic year as Chrissie Peterson, M.D., of Washington University of St. Louis Mallinkrodt Institute of Radiology will join her as co-medical student director in August 2008.