This radiology course represents a unique continuing educational opportunity and experience within the advance practice and physician assistant environments. The material and focus are oriented specifically toward physical extenders, with a careful balance of conceptual and practical instruction. This includes basic and intermediate image interpretation, as well as training in radiology exam appropriateness, how and why exams are protocoled, intravenous contrast safety and utilization, understanding how radiology workflow affects your practice, how to “read in between the radiology lines”, and determination of the next imaging study. Successful completion of the course will significantly augment the physician extender’s expertise and value to both their practice and patients. The structure is designed to be interactive and user-friendly, with room to mold elements of the curriculum to the needs of the clinicians.
The content of this CE Symposium is intended for advance practice and physician assistant.
Course Leaning Objectives
Basic, as well as intermediate level, interpretation of Chest Xray and Abd
Xray will be achieved (pna, CHF, emphysema, nodule/mass, ptx, etc).
Basics of Abdominal CT (appendicitis, bowel obstruction, free fluid/ gas) and head CT (stroke, bleed).
Basics of Abdominal/renal/Gyn Ultrasound.
Significant time will be devoted to recognition of normal structures.
Instruction on concepts/details of what constitutes the appropriate “next step” and “next exam” corresponding to many important radiologic findings.
Significant time will be spent peeling back the curtain on radiology jargon and “reading in between the lines” (i.e. further evaluation needed “non-emergently” vs “on outpatient basis”, etc, etc).
What constitutes critical findings to radiologists and how are they conveyed?
Instruction on ordering and protocol basics: Which modality? What organ system(s)? Contrast or not?
Understanding of how radiology scheduling and machine throughput works, and how patients are affected.
Rotation will maintain degree of flexibility to address specific interests or practice needs of APNs.
This CE program has been approved for 12.0 hours of Category A CE technologist credit as designated by The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) a RCEEM of the ARRT.
Ari Goldberg, MD, PhD
Loyola University Medical Center
Ari Goldberg, MD, PhD is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in diagnostic radiology. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2004 and has 18 years of experience.