Radiology Expo for Medical Students a Success

On Saturday, November 5th, the University of Chicago Department of Radiology Diversity Committee held its first annual Radiology Expo. The event was to coincide with this year’s International Day of Radiology on November 8th.  The expo was open to all medical students interested in possibly pursuing – or just learning more about – the field of radiology, and approximately 65 medical students from throughout the Midwest attended. Invited keynote speaker Dr. Etta Pisano, a renowned breast radiologist and researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, traveled to Chicago to speak on the “Professional Climate for Women in Radiology.”

Break-out sessions included a Jeopardy-style game debunking myths and misconceptions as well as addressing common questions about the field of radiology, a panel-format discussion on application pearls and the overall residency application process, and a case-based discussion on patient interactions as well as life in the reading room. Interactive stations featured a display on virtual and physical task trainer simulation for performance of a fluoroscopically-guided lumbar puncture, and phantoms on which students could practice performing core needle biopsies under ultrasound guidance. One-on-one advising was available to all interested medical students at the conclusion of our event. Student comments following the event included:

  • “Really well-run expo that has made me more excited to pursue a career in radiology!”
  • “Great expo! Loved the simulations and all the sessions were very informative. Very well-run and organized. Thank you!”
  • “This was a great experience and a great introduction to radiology as a specialty.”

Overall, the day was a huge success and we look forward to hosting an even bigger and better Radiology Expo in 2017!

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The faculty coordinators of the University of Chicago Radiology Expo take a break from the events to pose for a group photo (left to right): Expo Co-organizer Kirti Kulkarni, MD (Assistant Professor of Radiology); Maryellen Giger, PhD (Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair for Basic Science Research); Diversity Committee Co-Chair and Expo Organizer Carina Yang, MD (Assistant Professor of Radiology, Director of Pediatric Neuroradiology & Neuroradiology Fellowship); keynote speaker Etta Pisano, MD (Breast Imaging Radiologist and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center); and Diversity Committee Chair Zheng Feng Lu, PhD (Associate Professor of Radiology, Clinical Diagnostic Physicist).

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Maryellen Giger, PhD discussing career options with a medical student during dedicated one-on-one advising time.

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Mona Gupta, MD (right), an interventional radiologist in the Department of Radiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, providing her insights and advice to an eager group of medical students with an interest in IR during the informal social hour at the conclusion of the Radiology Expo.

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Brittany Dashevsky, MD, a 4th year radiology resident at the University of Chicago, instructing a medical student in the technique of performing an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

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A “team” of medical students are all smiles at the Radiology Expo, during a Jeopardy session which addressed radiation exposure concerns amongst other topics.

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Additional key volunteers and organizers to the Expo alongside a welcome poster (from left to right): Jaclyn McMillin, Graduate Medical Education Administrator; Andrea Magee, MD, a 2rd year radiology resident at the University of Chicago; and Alix Purakal, MD, a 3rd year radiology resident at the University of Chicago.

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Thank you to all of our volunteers for making the first Radiology Expo such a success.
Back row (left to right): Chris Straus, MD; Zheng Feng Lu, PhD; Maryellen Giger, PhD; Stephanie Jo, MD, PhD; Cindy Yuan, MD, PhD; Stephen Thomas, MD
Front row: Yue Zhang, PhD; Jaclyn McMillin; Alixandra Purakal, MD; Ingrid Reiser, PhD; Carina Yang, MD; Andrea Magee, MD; Mythri Reddy, MD.