DI Curriculum

The Master of Science in diagnostic imaging produces clinician-scholar specialists in the field of radiology. Graduates from the program will possess general competencies as a chiropractic radiologist with sub-specialty level ability in neuromusculoskeletal imaging. The program represents an area of specialty practice skills development, coupled with expectation of the participant’s scholarly production. Graduates of the MS in diagnostic imaging program are eligible to obtain specialty recognition through the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR), which is the designated recognizing body for certifying expertise in diagnostic imaging.

The program consists of 2,723.5 clock hours and 114.5 quarter credits, which spans three calendar years. The program represents a “learning by immersion” opportunity in which residents engage in teaching and learning, scholarship and professional socialization throughout their program. Because of the unique nature of radiology as a specialty practice, this model is the most effective approach to developing the core competencies necessary to practice as a consultant/specialist in this field.

The program is currently structured for two to three residents. The university will admit one to two residents per year. Participants maintain full-time employment with the university during the program as graduate residents. As a condition of employment, the resident must demonstrate satisfactory performance pursuant to Policy 1218 Academic Standing throughout the duration of the program.

Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Sequence and Course Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Accurate interpretation of diagnostic images
  2. Ability to recommend/acquire appropriate studies.
  3. Teaching excellence
  4. Scholarship and information literacy
  5. Professionalism as a practitioner and a consultant to physicians and patients
  6. Effective clinical radiology practice

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Course Descriptions

MDI7100 Radiation Health/Safety and Physics of Imaging (1 credit)
This course will focus upon the physical principles involved in obtaining plain films radiographs, radiation protection, radiobiology, and advanced imaging. The physics of the electromagnetic spectrum, mass, and energy will also be learned. The principles of x-ray production, human biology, radiation biology, and radiation protection will be discussed. This is a self-paced course and the resident is expected to study the topics listed in the ACCR syllabus. (0+2)

MDI7110 Normal Variants, Congenital Anomalies, and Skeletal Dysplasia (2.5 credits)
This course will focus upon normal skeletal variants, developmental and congenital anomalies of the skeletal system and skeletal dysplasias. The resident will be expected to recognize, adequately describe and discuss the clinical significance of the most common conditions affecting the skeletal system. Additional areas of study will include epidemiology and management and prognosis of the key congenital anomalies and skeletal dysplasias. The resident will also be expected to discuss the role of advanced imaging is these key conditions. (2+1)

MDI7120 Clinical Radiology Phase IA (2 credits)
The focus of this course is to develop proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. Weekly sessions are scheduled with the CHC technologist to discuss clinic procedures and participate in hands-on positioning labs. The resident also observes imaging studies performed in the Campus Health Center. The resident will also participate in MSK-US rotations focusing on the clinical application of MSK-US and will have hands-on practice in scanning volunteer patients focusing on the shoulder region. (0+6)

MDI7130 Instructional Methodology I (2.5 credits)
The resident will gain knowledge of various learning styles of students and explore the various types of teaching approaches that resonate with those styles. It will also provide entry-level information on basic curriculum design and instructional methods. The resident will observe lectures of the primary instructor, a chiropractic radiologist, teaching CSC5183 Spine and Pelvis Radiographic Anatomy. Emphasis on effective methods to teach and evaluate knowledge type competencies will be coupled with practice in creating lecture-type instructional tools. The resident will create a formal lecture on a topic selected in the course as a part of the outcome of the course. (1+2)

MDI7140 Teaching Practicum 1A (0.5 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing lab instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will assist in the labs for CSC5183 Spine and Pelvis Radiographic Anatomy. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (0+1)

MDI7150 Research Methodologies: Information Literacy (1.5 credits)
This course will focus upon the knowledge and skills needed to access health care-related information. Emphasis will be on information literacy. The resident will demonstrate the ability to access appropriate sources, retrieve, store and effectively use information relative to patient management. (1+1)

MDI7200 Physical Injury of the Musculoskeletal System (5 credits)
This course will focus upon trauma to the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The resident will be expected to recognize and accurately describe fractures and dislocations of the axial and appendicular skeleton and be able to distinguish stable from unstable injuries. Additional areas to be covered include terminology, advanced imaging, management and prognosis. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. (2+6)

MDI7210 Clinical Radiology Phase 1B (1 credit)
The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds. Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involved in obtaining plain film radiographs. (0+3)

MDI7220 Instructional Methodology II (1 credit)
This course is a continuation of Instructional Methods I (MDI7220) that focuses on issues related to curriculum design with emphasis on skills development-type instructional methods. The resident continues to gain knowledge of various learning styles of students and explores the various types of teaching approaches that resonate with those styles by observing lectures of the primary instructor, a chiropractic radiologist, teaching CSC5284 Extremity Radiographic Anatomy. This course also provides information on radiology curriculum design and instructional methods (1+1)

MDI7230 Teaching Practicum 1B (1.5 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be the primary instructor for CSC5183 Spine and Pelvis Radiographic Anatomy. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (1+2)

MDI7240 Preparation of Thesis Project (5 credits)
This course is a continuation of the Research Methodology: Information Literacy course. It is self-paced with scheduled contact times with the thesis advisor. The resident will arrange these meetings times. Focus is on developing an abstract that includes a statement of main topic, purpose, and description; a brief description of methodology; an overview of the most significant finding or arguments; and a summary of your conclusions and recommendations. It should be clearly written, easy to follow, and appropriate for the intended audience. Upon completion of the quarter, the resident will present portions and/or draft of their abstract to the residency director. (0+3)

MDI7300 Arthritides (3 credits)
This course will focus upon the arthritides affecting the skeletal system. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and an oral exam administered by the residency director. (1+4)

MDI7310 Infectious Disorders of Bone (2 credits)
This course will focus upon the infectious disorders of bone. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and an oral exam administered by the residency director. (1+2)

MDI7320 Clinical Radiology Phase 1C (1 credit)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 1B (MDI7210). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds. Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs (0+3)

MDI7330 Instructional Methodology III (0.5 credits)
This course is a continuation of Instructional Methodology II (MDI7220) that focuses on issues related to curriculum design with emphasis on skills development-type instructional methods. The resident continues to gain knowledge of various learning styles of students and explores the various types of teaching approaches that resonate with those styles by observing lectures of the primary instructor, a chiropractic radiologist, teaching CSC5385 Soft Tissue Normal Imaging, and assisting in this course as a laboratory instructor. This course also provides information on radiology curriculum design and instructional methods. (0+1)

MDI7340 Teaching Practicum 1C (2 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be the primary instructor for CSC5284 Extremity Radiographic Anatomy. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (1+2)

MDI7350 Thesis Preparation I (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of Preparation of Thesis Proposal (MDI7240). The course is self-paced with scheduled contact times with IRB chair and thesis advisor. The resident will arrange these meetings times. The main purpose of this course is for the resident to complete and submit an application to the IRB of their thesis proposal. The resident’s thesis must be reviewed and approved by the UWS Institutional Review Board (IRB). Upon IRB Notification of Review Status and approval, the resident can begin data collection (1+3)

MDI7400 Neoplastic and Neoplastic-Like Lesions of Bone (2.5 credits)
This course will focus upon the neoplastic and neoplastic-like conditions of bone. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and an oral exam administered by the residency director. (1+3)

MDI7410 Clinical Radiology Phase ID (1 credit)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 1C (MDI7320). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds.Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs. (0+3)

MDI7420 Instructional Methodology IV (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of Instructional Methodology III (MDI7330) that focuses on issues related to curriculum design with emphasis on skills development-type instructional methods. The resident continues to gain knowledge of various learning styles of students and explores the various types of teaching approaches that resonate with those styles by observing lectures of the primary instructor, a chiropractic radiologist, teaching CSC7192 Bone Pathology I and assisting in this course as a laboratory instructor. This course also provides information on radiology curriculum design and instructional methods. (1+2)

MDI7430 Teaching Practicum 1D (3 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be the primary instructor for CSC5385 Soft Tissue Normal Anatomy. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (1.5+3)

MDI7440 Thesis Preparation II (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of Thesis Preparation I(MDI7350). The course is self-paced with scheduled contact times with thesis advisor. The resident will arrange these meetings times. The main purpose of this course is for the resident to begin data collection and begin generating a draft of their thesis proposal. (1+6)

MDI8100 Metabolic, Endocrine, and Nutritional Disorders of Bone (2 credits)
Metabolic bone diseases are a diverse group of diseases that result in abnormalities of bone mass, structure mineral homeostasis, bone turnover, or growth. This course will focus upon the common metabolic, endocrine and nutritional disorders of the axial and appendicular skeleton. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a comprehensive written and practical examinations focusing on topics covered throughout the first year of the residency. (1+2)

MDI8110 Hematopoietic Disorders of Bone (0.5 credits)
This course will focus upon the common hematopoietic disorders of the axial and appendicular skeleton. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completionof this course, the resident will be expected to pass a comprehensive written and practical examinations focusing on topics covered throughout the first year of the residency. (0+1)

MDI8120 Clinical Radiology Phase 2A (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology Phase 1D (MDI7410). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds. Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs.(0+6)

MDI8130 Teaching Practicum 2A (2 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be assigned the role of primary instructor for CSC7192 Bone Path I that focuses on normal variants, congenital anomalies and traumatic conditions of the spine and appendicular skeleton. The resident will also attend lectures and assist in the labs for CSC7293 Bone Path II that focuses on tumor and tumor-like lesions of bone and infectious conditions of the musculoskeletal system. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (1+3)

MDI8140 Thesis Preparation III (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of Thesis Preparation I and II. The resident will continue to regularly meet with his/her thesis advisor and will focus upon completion of a draft thesis that should be clearly written, easy to follow, and appropriate for the intended audience. The resident will select a peer-review journal for thesis publication. The journal must be approved by the thesis advisor. Upon completion of the quarter, the resident will present the draft of their work to the residency director. (1+6)

MDI8200 Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System (4 credits)
This course will focus upon the clinical application of magnetic resonance imaging for the most common conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. The basic technical information on how to obtain a quality examination, the normal and abnormal appearance of the musculoskeletal system and the clinical relevance of MRI findings will be covered. (2+4)

MDI8210 Clinical Radiology Phase 2B (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 2A (MDI8120). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds. Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs. (0+9)

MDI 8220 Teaching Practicum 2B (2.5 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be assigned the role of primary instructor for CSC7293 Bone Pathology II that focuses on the radiologic, laboratory, and clinical manifestations of the more common neoplasms, infections, and arthritides. The resident will also attend lectures and assist in the labs for CSC7394 Bone Pathology III that covers the radiological manifestations, clinical and laboratory presentations, and management of osteochondroses, skeletal dysplasia, nutritional, metabolic, endocrine, and hematological conditions affecting the skeletal system. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (1+3)

MDI8230 Thesis Revision and Submission (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of Thesis Preparation III (MDI8140). It is self-paced with scheduled contact times with the thesis advisor. The resident along with the director of the MSDI will select 1-2 reviewers to edit the paper for grammar, spelling errors, typos, clarity and conciseness. The resident will revise their paper based on the reviewers’ recommendation and prepare the manuscript according to the chosen journal’s requirements. The resident is expected to prepare their thesis for publication is a peer-review journal approved by the thesis advisor/residency director. (1+6)

MDI8300 Neuroimaging of the Spine, Brain and Head/Neck (3 credits)
This course will focus upon neuroimaging of the spine, brain and head/neck. Basic technical information on how to obtain a quality examination, the normal and abnormal appearance and clinical relevance of the imaging findings of the spine, intracranial and head/neck regions will be covered. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and a practical exam administered by the residency director. (1+4)

MDI8310 Clinical Radiology Phase 2C (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 2B (MDI8210). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds. Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs. (0+9)

MDI8320 Teaching Practicum 2C (2.5 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be assigned the role of primary instructor for CSC7394 Bone Pathology III. This course covers the radiological manifestations, clinical and laboratory presentations, and management of osteochondroses, skeletal dysplasia, nutritional, metabolic, endocrine, and hematological conditions affecting the skeletal system. The resident will also attend lectures and assist in the labs CSC8199 Soft Tissue Interpretation. This course teaches common cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary conditions. The resident will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology as well as by the director of the MSDI program. (1+3)

MDI8330 Thesis Submission and Final Draft (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of Thesis Revision and Submission (MDI8230). It is self-paced with scheduled contact times with the thesis advisor. The resident is expected to prepare and submit their final draft of their thesis project to a peer-reviewed journal approved by the thesis advisor/residency director. If the thesis project will be continued by another researcher, the resident must submit a final draft which is consistent with publication requirements. (0+6)

MDI8400 Imaging of the Thorax (Chest) (3 credits)
This course will focus upon how to obtain high quality examination of the chest, understanding of the key clinical indications for exam procedures, and knowledge of normal anatomy. The resident will be able to recognize abnormal radiographic patterns and know basic preliminary management of conditions affecting the thorax. (1+4)

MDI8410 Clinical Radiology Phase 2D (4 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 2C (MDI8310). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds.Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs. This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 2C (MDI8310). The emphasis of this course will be to demonstrate proficiency in producing high quality radiographic images of all anatomic areas that are consistent with the state of the art and legal scope of chiropractic practice. The resident will be assigned clinic hours in the Campus Health Center with primary responsibilities of performing radiologic examinations and instructing clinic interns in radiographic technique and radiology positioning rounds. Intern radiology rounds will focus upon the physical principles involve in obtaining plain film radiographs. (0+12)

MDI8420 Teaching Practicum 2D (2 credits)
This course is a teaching practicum where the resident will be directing instruction of professional level courses at UWS. The resident will be assigned the role of primary instructor for CSC8199 Soft Tissue Interpretation. This course covers a pattern approach to teaching common cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary conditions. (1+3)

MDI9100 Imaging of the Abdomen (3 credits)
This course will focus upon how to obtain high quality examination of the abdomen, understanding of the key clinical indications for exam procedures, and knowledge of normal anatomy. The resident will be able to recognize abnormal radiographic patterns and know basic preliminary management of conditions affecting the abdomen. (1+4)

MDI9110 Clinical Radiology Phase 3A (4 credits)
For this course, the resident will begin generating radiology reports on all UWS clinic patients as well as referral patients. The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by a chiropractic radiologist. The resident will also be expected to complete these reports in a timely fashioned as dictated by policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with clinicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from the clinicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+12)

MDI9200 Radiology Residency Review – Bone (2 credits)
This course will focus upon preparing the resident for the part I written examination administered by the American Board of Chiropractic Radiologists. The course will emphasize the diagnostic criteria, clinical abnormalities, laboratory abnormalities, pathologic manifestations, radiographic findings, classic, advanced and uncommon manifestations of the most common musculoskeletal condition. Advanced imaging, management, prognosis, associated diseases and key differentials will also be reviewed. (1+2)

MDI9210 Clinical Radiology Phase 3B (4 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology Phase 3A (MDI9110). For this course, the resident will continue generating radiology reports on all UWS clinic patients as well as referral patients. The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by a chiropractic radiologist. The resident will also be expected to complete these reports in a timely fashioned as dictated by policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with clinicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from the clinicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+12)

MDI9300 Clinical Radiology Phase 3C (8 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 3B (MDI9210). The resident will continue generating radiology reports on all UWS clinic patients as well as referral patients. The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by a chiropractic radiologist. The resident will also be expected to complete these reports in a timely fashioned as dictated by policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with clinicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from the clinicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+24)

MDI9400 Clinical Radiology Phase 3D (8 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Radiology 3C (MDI9300). The resident will continue generating radiology reports on allUWS clinic patients as well as referral patients. The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by a chiropractic radiologist. The resident will also be expected to complete these reports in a timely fashioned as dictated by policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with clinicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from the clinicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+24)