Medical Students

The faculty of the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine are proud to participate in the education of future physicians. Through our participation in courses offered to all levels of medical students such as Human Structure and Function (Gross Anatomy), Brain and Mind, Basis of Disease, and Introduction to Clinical Medicine we educate our students not only on imaging findings and anatomy but even more importantly on how to effectively and safely utilize imaging in the care of patients. This same emphasis can be found in the range of electives that we offer for both Weill Cornell and visiting students.  Courses offered via Weill Cornell Medicine include:

Human Structure and Function (HSF)

Associate Course Director: Elizabeth Arleo, MD

First year students in this course learn human anatomy with imaging correlation. This means introducing Radiology to medical students often for the first time, setting the stage that it will be a common thread throughout all four years of their medical education and beyond, and communicating basic radiology principles such as appropriateness criteria and ALARA, in addition to overseeing faculty who use multiple radiology modalities to teach the anatomy of the spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. Most recently, it has involved the development of "RadStax," an iPad-compatible teaching and learning electronic system to enable students to scroll through radiology studies like radiologists with the perspective of where they are in three planes, in order to help them develop working three-dimensional knowledge of the anatomy of the human body.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Radiology Clerkship

Course Director: Lily Belfi, MD  /  Assistant Course Director: Kemi Babagbemi, MD

This course is taken by students between their 2nd and 3rd years, just prior to the start of their clinical rotations. This clerkship exposes students to the scope of clinical imaging, including the spectrum of diagnostic imaging modalities and utility of image guided procedures. They learn basic image interpretation, review critical must-know diagnoses, and develop appropriate imaging management skills utilizing the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria.  The goal of this course is to provide medical students with a fundamental knowledge base in clinical imaging to allow for development of core competency in radiology.

Introduction to Clinical Imaging

Course Director: Jessica Fisher, MD / Assistant Course Director: Kemi Babagbemi, MD

This elective introduces students to a range of imaging modalities and their role in medical diagnosis. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate utilization of imaging studies and on basic interpretation. Students will have the opportunity to rotate through the following divisions including: Radiology/Angiography, Neuroradiology, Mammography, or Musculoskeletal Imaging. The student will attend 2 lectures/case presentations per day and participate in daily conferences, interpretation sessions, and observation of procedures. This elective is available to 3rd and 4th year Weill Cornell medical students in 4 week or 2 week blocks.

Radiology in Medicine

Course Director: Kemi Babagbemi, MD

This radiology course is integrated into the MICU/Internal Medicine course at NewYork-Presbyterian and is taken by all students. The course emphazises the appropriate ultilization of imaging studies, basic interpretation skills, radiation and contrast safety in common clinical scenarios encountered in internal medicine. The Course is based on 4 case modules:  Acute Stroke, LLQ diverticulitis, Prostate Cancer with bone mets, and Pulmonary embolism.

Interventional Radiology

Course Director: Bradley Pua, MD 

Students in this month long elective will be incorporated into the clinical team of the Division of Interventional Radiology, functioning like a sub-intern. They will be exposed to minimally invasive treatments for disease states such as cancer, portal hypertension, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, biliary/genitourinary obstruction, peripheral vascular disease, trauma, etc. Students will learn pre- and post-procedure workup and management for these percutaneous therapies in addition to participation in the performance of cases such as transcatheter embolizations, thermal ablations and vascular stenting. Responsibilities within the rotation will include daily rounds, participation in various procedures and attending various multidisciplinary management conferences. At the conclusion of the rotation, students will present a short “interesting case” in our monthly conference to our faculty and trainees.

Weill Cornell Medical College Students should contact Michelle Byrne at 212-746-2527 or with any questions about Radiology courses

Visiting Students (non-Weill Cornell Medical College students) must go through the WCMC Office of Academic Affairs for all electives.