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Nuclear Medicine - Internal Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square

This elective is designed to teach the student to have a basic understanding of the physiologic processes involved in tissue uptake and distribution of clinically useful radiopharmaceuticals in health and disease, to know the indications for common nuclear medicine procedures, and to gain the ability to detect gross abnormalities on common nuclear medicine procedures and construct a nuclear medicine report to the corresponding images. On the first day of the rotation, the student is provided with a list of nuclear medicine procedures performed at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, including procedure names, radiotracer used and main indications. This list is reviewed with the student by the teaching nuclear medicine attending. The student is also provided with a copy of A Clinician’s Guide to Nuclear Medicine.

The student is involved with daily reading sessions of the scintigraphic studies in a busy nuclear medicine department under the supervision of a physician board-certified in nuclear medicine. The population mix includes inpatients as well as outpatients with a wide range of clinical problems. The student is prompted to describe the imaging findings and discuss their meanings in the clinical context of the patient. The student participates in the entire process of evaluation of study request for appropriateness, customization and test according to indications, bedside evaluation of patients, diagnostic interventions, and correlation of the images with clinical laboratory and other imaging data. The student is occasionally asked to follow up on diagnostic or therapeutic interventions performed on the patient to develop perspective.

Hours of Participation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Availability: July – June

Number of Students: 1

Course Director: Gabriel Soudry, MD, Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine

Additional Information: Teaching conferences include: Didactic Noon Conference, Medical Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Mortality and Morbidity Conference. Weekly core lectures/presentations are offered to students.

Students have access to Knowledge-Based-Network point-of-care system. The computer-based reference material is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes multiple CD-ROM textbooks with search capability, as well as direct Internet access.

The hospital offers a wide range of ancillary services allowing students to focus their time primarily on patient care and education. Free parking is provided.

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