College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Radiology/Pathology Clerkship UTMC

Title of Clerkship: Radiology/Pathology Clerkship UTMC

Elective Year(s): 3rd year

Departments: Radiology and Pathology

Type of Clerkship: Clinical

Clerkship Site: The University of Toledo Medical Center

Course Number:  RADI762, PATH762

Blocks Available:  All blocks with the exception of June

Number of Students/ Block: 2

Faculty Pathology and Radiology:
Robert Booth, MD, Rod Callicott MD, Nicole Dominiak, MD, Cara Gatto-Weis, MD, Amira Gohara, MD, William Gunning, PhD, Brooke Koltz, MD, Nicole Hubbard MD, Dalia Ibrahim MD, Dr. Smith, Lauren Stanoszek, MD, PhD, Toledo Radiological Associates

Elective Description/ Requirements: Students will spend 2 weeks in the Department of Radiology and 2 weeks in the Department of Pathology.  The overall course will bridge radiology and pathology subspecialties to prepare students to best utilize departmental resources (i.e., testing, consultation, procedures) as they transition into clinical practice.

Students will participate in a plethora of clinical activities in the Department of Radiology including ½ day subspecialty assignments in Cardiothoracic, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Musculoskeletal, and Neuroradiology as well as ½ day modality-based experiences in diagnostic radiography/mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. 

Students will attend all radiology and pathology departmental case conferences provided during the rotation and various interdisciplinary conferences when available.  

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:


  1. Demonstrate the process of tissue analysis in surgical pathology, from examination of the gross specimen through slide preparation, examination, and interpretation. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-2, MK-3, MK-4, MK-5)
  2. Analyze the advantages and limitations of exfoliative and aspiration cytology. (EPOs: MK- 4, MK-5)
  3. Explain the role of informatics in improving healthcare delivery and reducing error. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-2)
  4. Prepare and deliver a brief, focused presentation using content that is appropriate for the intended audience. (EPOs: MK-2)
  5. Analyze the way in which clinical experts with prepared minds can translate benchtop scientific discoveries into bedside clinical advances. (EPOs: MK-5, MK-1, MK-2)


  1. Defend common radiology tests, including their accuracy, limitations and risks by utilizing ACR Appropriateness Criteria for common conditions. (EPOs: IPC-2, PC-6, PC-7, PC-8, PC-9, PBL-1, SBP-2)
  2. Discuss and interpret clinical cases which provide clinical, radiologic, and pathologic correlations on various disease processes. (EPOs: IPC-2, MK-1, MK-4, MK-7, PBL-2, PC-6, PC-7, PC-8, PC-9)
  3. Incorporate patient specific variables into ordering and interpreting appropriate imaging and lab tests. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-7, PBL-2, PC-6, PC-7, PC-8, PC-9)
  4. Identify the different interventional procedures performed by radiology including their contraindications, risks and benefits. (EPOs: PC-6)
  5. Identify radiation, contrast, and MRI safety concerns to minimize and quantify risk from common imaging studies. (EPOs: IPC-3, MK-1, MK-7, PC-1, PC-5, PC-8)
  6. Communicate effectively with patients and clinicians when reporting imaging or lab results or consulting on test appropriateness. (EPOs: IPC-2, IPC-3, PB-3)

Professionalism: UT/COMLS students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Educational Program Objectives and the current Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  • Problem-solving exercises (web-based case modules)
  • Small-group, Clinical skills and Didactic Sessions
  • Lecture/Didactic sessions (web-based)
  • Independent study
  • Observation of technologies used in lab medicine to include but not limited to microbiology, transfusion medicine, immunology, clinical chemistry, hematology and molecular
  • Observation of and participation in daily radiology cases
  • Observation of image guided procedures
  • Observation of and participation of technologies used in radiology including but not limited to CT, MRI, US, DR, and DM.
  • Observation of and participation in surgical pathology and post-mortem examination
  • Observation of and participation in fine needle aspiration and cytopathology
  • Case discussions and clinical pathological correlation with individual faculty
  • Didactic sessions to include but not limited to neuropathology, hematopathology, molecular pathology, cytopathology and genomics.
  • Review of teaching slides and discussion with faculty (scope time)
  • Case discussions with radiology and pathology correlation
  • Didactic sessions to include but not limited to subspecialty radiology in emergency, neuroradiology, GI/GU, musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic, interventional, and vascular.
  • Review of teaching cases and discussion with faculty (PACS time)

Evaluation Methods:

  • Attendance
  • Evaluation of participation in small-group discussion during case conferences
  • Faculty/resident observation and assessment of clinical skills
  • 360-degree evaluations of communication skills and behavior on modality rotations by technologists
  • Professionalism assessment module Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER)
  • End of rotation Oral Topic Presentation 
  • Test skills with unknown slides and clinical cases

Prerequisites: Successful completion of blocks 1-7

Clerkship Directors:  Amira Gohara, MD (Pathology),  Haitham Elsamaloty, M.D. (Radiology)

Clerkship Coordinators:

Radiology - Mary Carroll
Phone Number: 419-383- 3403

Pathology – Mary Okdie 
Phone: 419-383-3477

Special Requirements: None

ECC Approved
August 2023

Last Updated: 9/8/23