Imaging (IMG)

The imaging curriculum will address imaging modality techniques, methods, strengths/weaknesses, risks, indications, and proper communications to enable students to effectively use imaging in the care of their patients. Students will learn to identify high quality resources to support appropriate test selection and learn basic interpretation skills for commonly encountered pathologies and urgent findings.

Longitudinal Curriculum Leader

Nancy J. McNulty, MD

Office Location: Level 3, Department of Radiology, DHMC

Dr. McNulty, a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, leads the longitudinal curriculum in imaging for Geisel Students.  Dr. McNulty became interested in medical education as a student, when she tutored in several courses, and helped prepare images for a faculty neuroscience text. Following a brief stint as an instructor in Anatomy and Neuroscience at the Ohio State University School of Medicine, Dr. McNulty went to the University of Michigan for Radiology Residency and Interventional Radiology fellowship, where she continued teaching students.

Dr. McNulty began teaching at Geisel in January 2005, initially in Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience, followed by leading the imaging thread of the Scientific Basis of Medicine Course, and now as the director of the Longitudinal Curriculum in Imaging. Throughout that time, she hase taught much of the imaging content, but has also worked to engage and mentor other radiology faculty who teach in the imaging curriculum.

Dr. McNulty’s teaching philosophy is ‘clear, concise, and clinically relevant’.  Her academic interests include faculty development, and she has presented at multiple national conferences on educational techniques in radiology.

Longitudinal Curriculum Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast the diagnostic imaging examinations that are used to evaluate different structures and pathological processes, with emphasis on modality strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Discuss the risks of imaging examinations with patients, focusing on the physical, emotional and societal risks and costs.
  3. Identify and describe the imaging findings of the most commonly encountered pathologic processes addressed in the core biomedical curriculum.
  4. Provide pertinent clinical information to allow for accurate interpretations and billing, and interpret the language of a radiology report.
  5. Identify when it is necessary to engage radiologists as consultants in the care of the patient.
  6. Justify the appropriate sequence of diagnostic imaging exams for commonly encountered signs and symptoms, with a focus on how the results will change management.
  7. Summarize the use of diagnostic imaging as a screening test for neoplasia, and counsel patients about its benefits and drawbacks.
  8. Identify the role of image guided procedures in the diagnosis of disease and in disease management.
  9. Identify urgent findings on commonly performed imaging studies in the emergent setting.

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