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Penn State College of Medicine offers several electives in radiology.

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Laura A. Snyder
Medical Student Education Coordinator, Department of Radiology
Email: lsnyder7@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office phone: 717-531-5928

Dr. Alison Chetlen
Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Radiology
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Radiology
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Email: achetlen@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office phone: 717-531-1495

Dr. Jeffrey Cruz
Assistant Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Radiology
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Surgery and Medicine
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Email: jcruz4@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office phone: 771-531-5418

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XRAY 700 – Pediatric Radiology Elective

Credits: 5 Credits

Program Director: Dr. James M. Brian

Location: Hershey

Maximum Number of Students: 2

Prerequisites: Third year core clerkships

When Offered: All Rotations except July and August

Length Of Course: 1 Month

Report to: Beverly Ressler

Date/Time/Location: 8 a.m., HG301L

Description: Tutorial course emphasizing interpretation, clinical correlation, indications and limitations of imaging studies used in the evaluation of infants and children

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XRAY 771 – General Radiology Elective

Credits: 5 Credits

Program Leadership: Dr. Alison Chetlen, Director; Dr. Jeffrey Cruz, Assistant Director

Location: Hershey

Maximum Number of Students: 7

Prerequisites: Completion of the first two years of medical school

When Offered: All Rotations except July and August

Length of Course: 1 Month

Report to: Laura Snyder

Date/Time/Location: 8 a.m., HG301L

Description: The elective exposes the student to all modalities currently used in diagnostic imaging and encourages learning by interaction with residents and faculty in an informal setting. A major objective of the elective is the understanding of the indications and contraindications for radiological studies and procedures as well as the cost-effective radiological work-up of various clinical conditions. Another major aim of the course is to teach issues of relevance for patient preparation for radiologic studies and procedures. For these reasons, the elective is of potential major benefit for any student, whatever his or her ultimate career objective may be.

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XRAY 772 – Radiology Acting Internship

Credits: 5 Credits

Program Director: Dr. Alison Chetlen

Location: Hershey

Maximum Number of Students: 2

Prerequisites: XRAY 771 or special permission from course director

When Offered: July through April

Length Of Course: 1 Month

Report to: Laura Snyder

Date/Time/Location: 8 a.m., HG301L

Description: This acting internship is designed for students considering a career in radiology. During the four weeks, the student receives in depth education and experience in the interpretation of radiologic studies. The major area of focus is the assessment of chest and skeletal radiographs with additional areas of study customized to individual student interests and objectives. The internship provides similar experience to that of a beginning first year radiology resident. A mild evening call responsibility for the student further adds to the diversity of the educational experience. This course is useful to prepare students for future radiology residencies through a hands-on approach.

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XRAY 774 – Therapeutic Radiology Elective

Credits: 5 Credits

Program Director: Dr. Heath Mackley

Location: Hershey

Maximum Number of Students: 2

Prerequisites: Third year core clerkships

When Offered: July through April

Length Of Course: 1 Month

Report to (Hershey): Jennifer Jones, 717-531-1523 

Date/Time/Location: 8 a.m.

Description: Participation in initial evaluation, treatment planning, and management of patients undergoing radiotherapy for malignant disease. Clinical elective in radiation oncology.

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XRAY 796 – Radiology Individual Studies Elective

Credits: 5 Credits

Program Director: Faculty Research Advisor

Location: N/A

Maximum Number of Students: N/A

Prerequisites: Permission of the preceptor. Limited to students enrolled in the Penn State College of Medicine. 

When Offered: All rotations

Length Of Course: 1 Month

Description: Creative projects including non-thesis research, supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

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XRAY 797 – Special Topics of Radiology

Credits: 5 Credits

Program Director: Dr. Alison Chetlen

Location: Designation for remote electives

Maximum Number of Students: N/A

Prerequisites: Permission of the preceptor. Limited to students enrolled in the Penn State College of Medicine. 

When Offered: All rotations

Length Of Course: 1 Month

Description: Creative projects and electives at outside institutions.