Abdominal Imaging

Offered by the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in conjunction with Washington University School of Medicine

Program Description
Our visiting fellow courses are intended to offer the practicing radiologist an opportunity to observe and discuss procedures in Abdominal Imaging in a clinical practice setting.  The program is individualized to provide observation of those procedures of particular interest to each Visiting Fellow.  Staff members in Abdominal Imaging are committed to devoting time to the Visiting Fellow for his or her instruction.

Less commonly performed procedures may not always be done during the participant's visit.  However, even if none is performed, time can be scheduled to discuss the procedure, equipment, and representative studies with an  abdominal imaging physician.

Our general Abdominal Imaging course provides the Visiting Fellow with the opportunity to become familiar with the technical and clinical aspects of the most commonly performed abdominal studies (Body CT, Body MRI, US and GIGU). Although the course is very flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of each Fellow, our experience suggests that those who have benefited most have had a good foundation in the basic principles of Abdominal Imaging (such as might be obtained by prior attendance at a didactic course or by reading one of several available textbooks).

This general Abdominal Imaging fellowship involves the following activities:

  • Attend the daily image interpretation sessions in the Abdominal Imaging Section reading rooms).
  • Observe technique of all routine studies.
  • Opportunity for daily discussions with abdominal imaging staff.
  • Attend daily 7:00–8:00 a.m. Abdominal Imaging teaching conferences and 12:00–1:00 p.m. Radiology Department teaching conferences (held in Scarpellino Auditorium on the first floor of the MIR building).  A schedule of these conferences to be held during the visit will be provided at the beginning of each fellowship.
  • Access to the Mallinckrodt Radiology Library.  Textbooks and journals may be signed out by the Fellow during his or her visit.

All activities are conducted in the Abdominal Imaging reading rooms or on the ninth floor of MIR in the Abdominal Imaging Section conference room.

There is a nominal charge for participation.  In general, only one Visiting Fellow can be accommodated in each course.  These courses are intended to add to prior knowledge and not meant to create an “expert” in a short time.  Legal insurance restrictions prevent us from allowing direct participation of Visiting Fellows in procedures.

Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of Washington University School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.  All faculty participating in these programs are expected to disclose to the program audiences any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentations.

HIPAA Compliance
Because the Visiting Fellow will have access to protected health information of our patients, Washington University School of Medicine requires that we obtain documented confirmation that the Visiting Fellow has received HIPAA education.  This is necessary in order to comply with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.  This documentation can be supplied at the time the application for the Visiting Fellowship is submitted or at the beginning of the course.  If the Visiting Fellow has never had HIPAA education, or cannot provide documentation of such education, we will request a unique ID# and password from the University Compliance Office that will allow the Visiting Fellow to access the Washington University web-based training.  The education modules can then be completed on the web prior to arriving for the Fellowship program. 

Overnight accommodations arrangements must be made by the participant.

Application Information
Should you care to participate, please contact Katrina Bridges to obtain more information.

Katrina Bridges
Washington University School of Medicine
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Abdominal Imaging Section
Campus Box 8131
510 South Kingshighway Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110
Office: (314) 362-1053
Fax: (314) 362-2976
Email: bridges237@wustl.edu


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