Objectives and Syllabus

July 2017 - Donna Magid, M.D., M.Ed.

GOAL: To introduce the principles of intelligent and effective use of Diagnostic Imaging to future clinicians in every specialty, to allow exploration of Radiology as a career choice, and to arm the future clinician with the tools to consult with Imaging and to function safely and productively in emergent or routine clinical scenarios. Introduction of the comprehensive and systemic search approach, checklists and sequential analysis (‘Describe first diagnose second’), common pitfalls and pearls, to provide a platform for handling increasingly complex clinical scenarios and unknowns.

Emphasis on communication between clinicians and Imaging, American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria (ACR AC) as a high-value-care (HVC) resource, cost/benefit ratios, Six Competencies, precise and concise medical English usage, accessing the Vertical Advisory, awareness of medical-legal consequences, sensitivity to patient perceptions, and clinical and conference survival skills.


Radiology Elective Basic Facts

2018- Donna Magid, M.D., M.Ed.

TEACHING CONFERENCES: Stoll Conference Room, Central Radiology

¨     7:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Attendance if indicated by Dr. Magid. BE PUNCTUAL PLEASE!!

¨     Special Lectures- intermittent; Grand Rounds, etc.

 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EMed Radiology Area, Zayed EMed G1305 (5-8:30 PM) 

¨   One such shift per student, on a Monday-Thursday.  Introduce yourself to the ED Radiology resident at 5:00 p.m.(If you elect to join earlier, observe technologists until 5)  White coats!

¨     Work load very variable.  Slow times, residents should have some basic teaching cases available, or read Normal Variants or whatever you brought.

¨     No more than 1 student each evening.  2nd night optional.

TUTORIALS:  Our goal is to improve your eventual patient management, enhance your ability to communicate with Radiologists and to request high-value Radiology Consultation.  Tutorials are designated to enhance your understanding of the imaging procedures, of the information we need to proceed safely and effectively, and of the patients’ potential discomforts and experiences; rather than to produce embryonic residents.


            40% Final written exam (Answers reviewed immediately after test)

            30% Oral Presentation: 8 minute PowerPoint, pre-approved topic, 3rd week of course

            30% Classroom: ‘Hot Seat’, participation, Conference and class attendance, etc 

FIVE CASES: each student will submit an email listing 5 interesting teaching cases by last week in course.  These can be from previous rotations, or Tutorials. Include pt. name, MR, brief outline of clinical scenario, and dates and brief descriptions of relevant imaging studies and findings. 


¨     Join 

¨     MANDATORY:  Visit,,  American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria: (what to request when). Excellent group activities if lecturer late or cancels, or there is a gap between lectures.

¨     CASE SITES:,,; let me know others

¨     Hand outs:


¨   Learning Radiology (text)-- loaner provided.  Use website cases on-line in conjunction with readingEach text has your temporary on-line ID for the companion cases/images .

¨ (on line)

* ADDITIONAL RESOURCES on bookshelf in corner of room-- feel free to use/borrow but RETURN! Novelline was the text used until summer 2017; many students like its introductory, material basic Abdomen and Chest, etc

. PLEASE update me if you find terrific resources, on-line or otherwise-- articles, learning files, quizzes, whatever.


¨     Learning files tour (real or virtual)—learning is cases cases cases!.

¨     Observe. Be curious. Ask questions.

¨     Explore ACR Appropriateness Criteria online.

¨     Figure out personal “Must-See” list.


                             Donna Magid, M.D., M.Ed.

                                     Director, Medical Student Elective

                       Director, JHU SOM Horizontal Strand in Diagnostic Imaging



Radiology Tutorial Sessions

 2018- Donna Magid, M.D., M.Ed.

The following sites are available for radiology tutorial sessions: Interventional Diagnostic Lab, Ultrasound, Body CT, Mammography, Fluoroscopy, and Emergency Medicine Radiology.  Please refer to corresponding sections below for the location and morning starting time for a tutorial.

If you are assigned the Residents Morning Conference in Stoll: IR and Peds start earlier and take precedence; while the other '9 AM' start times will be '9 AM or 5-10 min. after Conference concludes")


PowerPoint: Visual Pearls and Pitfalls for Pros

Donna Magid M.D., M.Ed.

Gen Y is superb with computers and as a result, ironically, students may get too engaged in the endless bag of highly entertaining tricks on tap when designing a professional PowerPoint presentation. Unlike a e-card, awesome Website, Facebook page, or digital slide show of your last vacation, undue creativity can interfere with effective medical visual communication. You all sat through two years of Basic Science (not to mention college)—you are, at least subconsciously, already highly aware of when a slide is well composed and clearly presented, vs. poorly designed, too small, too bright, too hard to read or too crowded to ingest.