Lydia Y - June 2014


Case-based Online Radiology Education (CORE) is MedU's virtual patient program for medical students studying radiology.  

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In an era of cost-containment and increasing importance of evidence-based decision making, yet with increased reliance on imaging, having a basic understanding of the principles and applications of medical imaging is vital. The National Board of Medical Examiners has recognized this by increasing the imaging component of all United States Medical Licensing Examination exams. CORE currently includes 19 interactive virtual patient cases which encompass the learning objectives of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) National Medical Student Radiology Curriculum.

CORE cases teach a patient-centered approach to imaging, foster self-directed and independent study, and build clinical problem-solving skills. They utilize the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness criteria to teach an evidence-based approach to imaging and also link students to additional excellent interactive radiology resources on the Web.

These cases can be used as a stand-alone radiology course during a radiology clerkship or elective, or be incorporated into the appropriate clinical clerkships. For example, the women's imaging cases can be taken during the Ob-Gyn clerkship, the neuroimaging cases during the Neurology clerkship, thus teaching imaging at a time they can apply it. CORE may be used as a single MedU module or as an adjunct to other MedU courses.

  • Case 1 Chest: Infection (Chris Lee, M.D. Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California)

  • Case 2 Chest: Masses (Maria Shiau, M.D. New York University)

  • Case 3 Chest: Trauma (Anne Silas, M.D. Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth)

  • Case 4 Chest: Vascular and COPD (Jeffery Hogg, M.D. West Virginia University School of Medicine)

  • Case 5 GI: Colon and Small Bowel (Michelle McNamara, M.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  • Case 6 GI: Hepatobiliary and Pancreas (Donald Di Salvo, M.D. Harvard Medical School)

  • Case 7: Renal/GU (Matthew Heller, M.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

  • Case 8 GI: Trauma (Jessica Robbins, M.D. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)

  • Case 9 Neuro: Trauma (Vikas Agarwal, M.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

  • Case 10 Neuro: Vascular and HIV (Shyam Sabat, M.D. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

  • Case 11: Pediatrics A (Mahesh Thapa, M.D. University of Washington School of Medicine)

  • Case 12: Pediatrics B (Daphne Walker, M.D. USC Keck School of Medicine)

  • Case 13 MSK: Arthritis, osteomyelitis (Tapas Tejura, M.D. USC Keck School of Medicine)

  • Case 14 Woman's imaging: Pregnancy and Infertility (Marjorie Stein, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

  • Case 15 Woman's imaging: Malignancy and Screening (Katherine Klein, M.D. University of Michigan)

  • Case 16 MSK: Trauma (Andrea Donovan, M.D. SunnyBrook Health Sciences Center)

  • Case 17: Cardiac and Cardiovascular (Gautham Reddy, MD; Petra Lewis, MD; Carl Fuhman, MD University of Washington; Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; University of Pittsburgh)

  • Case 18: Professionalism in Radiology (Andrea Donovan, MD; Sravanthi Reddy, MD; Christopher Strauss, MD; Petra Lewis, MD SunnyBrook Health Sciences Center; USC Keck School of Medicine; Univeristy of Chicago Medicine; Geisel School of Medicine)

  • Case 19: Oncology (Donald Di Salvo MD; Malcolm Mattes MD; Michelle McNamara, MD; Harvard Medical School; West Virginia University; University of Alabama)