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. At the completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written exam administered by the residency director. (0+2)

MDI7110 Normal Variants, Congenital Anomalies, and Skeletal Dysplasia (2.5 credits)

This course will focus upon 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 of these key conditions. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and pass an oral exam administered by the residency director. (2+1)

MDI7120 Clinical Radiology Phase IA (2 credits)

The resident will be expected 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 and the resident must participate in quality improvement/quality assurance activities. The resident will also participate in MSK-US rotations focusing on the clinical application of MSK-US. Residents will also have hands-on practice in scanning volunteer patients focusing on the shoulder region. The resident upon completion of Clinical Radiology Phase IA will be assessed by the resident’s supervisor for professional demeanor and deportment in a clinical setting. They will also demonstrate proficiency in MSK-US scanning of the shoulder region. (0+6)

MDI7130 Instructional Methodology I (2.5 credits)

This course is an introductory course on effective teaching, learning and assessment. As an introductory course it will explore various teaching, learning and assessment theories and paradigms. Residents 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. Emphasis on effective methods to teach and evaluate knowledge type competencies will be coupled with practice in creating lecture-type instructional tools. Residents 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 1 (0.5 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 instructor and/or lab instructor of radiographic anatomy and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (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. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. The resident will also be lab assistant in Bone Pathology I, a professional level course at UWS that introduces a systemic approach to fracture management, case management of common fractures and dislocations of the axial skeleton and appendicular skeleton. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and an oral exam administered by the residency director. (2+6)

MDI7210 Clinical Radiology Phase 1B (1 credit)                                                    

The resident will be expected 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 and the resident must participate in quality improvement/quality assurance activities. The resident will also participate in MSK-US rotations focusing on the clinical application of MSK-US. Residents will also have hands-on practice in scanning volunteer patients focusing on the wrist/elbow regions. The resident upon completion of Clinical Radiology Phase IB will be assessed by the resident’s supervisor for professional demeanor and deportment in a clinical setting. They will also demonstrate proficiency in MSK-US scanning of the wrist/elbow regions. (0+3)

MDI7220 Instructional Methodology II (1 credit)                                                    

This course will further explore learning environments germane to health care education, focusing on methodologies of skills development. It will also explore in greater depth issues related to curriculum design with emphasis on laboratory and skills development-type instructional methods. Residents will create a formal laboratory-learning module on a topic selected in the course as a part of the outcome of the course. (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 instructor and/or lab instructor of radiographic anatomy and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (1+2)

MDI7240 Preparation of Thesis Proposal (5 credits)

The focus of this course will be in selecting a thesis topic and formulate a thesis that is focused and significant and will add to the body of knowledge in diagnostic imaging. The resident will submit an abstract that includes the following headings: background, methods/design, discussion, keywords, and bibliography. The Residency Committee must agree to the selected thesis topic.  (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. The resident will also be lab assistant in Bone Pathology II, a professional level course at UWS that introduces chiropractic students to the radiologic, laboratory and clinical manifestations of the more common musculoskeletal neoplasms, infections and arthritides. 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. The resident will also be lab assistant in Bone Pathology II, a professional level course at UWS that introduces chiropractic students to the radiologic, laboratory and clinical manifestations of the more common musculoskeletal neoplasms, infections and arthritides. 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)

The resident will be expected 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 and the resident must participate in quality improvement/quality assurance activities. Upon completion of Clinical Radiology Phase IC, the resident’s supervisor will assess the resident’s professional demeanor and deportment in a clinical setting. (0+3)

MDI7330 Instructional Methodology III (0.5 credits)

This course will explore teaching and learning environments with emphasis on critical thinking skills development-type instructional methods. Residents will create a formal learning module on a topic selected in the course as a part of the outcome of the course. (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 instructor and/or lab instructor of radiographic anatomy and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (1+2)

MDI7350 Thesis Preparation I (2 credits)

The student will select a thesis advisor approved by the Residency Committee. The resident will be supervised by and meet regularly with their thesis advisor. The resident is expected to submit to the chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) their thesis proposal for approval. Upon completion of the quarter, the residency director should receive a copy of the IRB Notification of Review Status. (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. The resident will also be lab assistant in Bone Pathology II, a professional level course at UWS that introduces the chiropractic student to the radiologic, laboratory and clinical manifestations of the more common musculoskeletal neoplasms, infections and arthritides. 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)

The resident will be expected 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 and the resident must participate in quality improvement/quality assurance activities. The resident will also participate in MSK-US rotations focusing on the clinical application of MSK-US. Residents will also have hands-on practice in scanning volunteer patients focusing on the knee/ankle regions. The resident upon completion of Clinical Radiology Phase ID will be assessed by the resident’s supervisor for professional demeanor and deportment in a clinical setting. They will also demonstrate proficiency in MSK-US scanning of the knee/ankle regions.  (0+3)

MDI7420 Instructional Methodology IV (2 credits)

This course will explore formal and informal assessment methods in teaching and learning environments with emphasis on psychometrics and defensibility of assessment instruments. Residents will create and critique assessment plans and evaluation instruments as a part of the course. (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 instructor and/or lab instructor of radiographic anatomy and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. The residency director will assess student evaluations. (1.5+3)

MDI7440 Thesis Preparation II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Thesis Preparation I. The resident will continue to meet with their thesis advisor and will focus upon completion of a draft thesis and preparing it for presentation to the Residency Committee. Upon the completion of this course the resident will begin to prepare for oral defense of their thesis. (1+6)

MDI8100 Metabolic, Endocrine, and Nutritional Disorders of Bone (2 credits)            

This course will focus upon the metabolic, endocrine and nutritional disorders of bone. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. The resident will also be lab assistant in Bone Pathology III, a professional level course at UWS that familiarizes students with the radiological manifestations, clinical and laboratory presentations, and management of nutritional, metabolic, endocrine, and hematological conditions affecting the skeletal systems. 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)

MID8110 Hematopoietic Disorders of Bone (0.5 credits)                                                     

This course will focus upon the hematopoietic disorders of bone. Identification of plain film radiographic features will be emphasized. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. The resident will also be lab assistant and/or primary instructor in Bone Pathology III, a professional level course at UWS that familiarizes students with the radiological manifestations, clinical and laboratory presentations, and management or the hematological disorders of bone. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and an oral exam administered by the residency director. (0+1)

MDI8120 Clinical Radiology Phase 2A (2 credits)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the Campus Health Center. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of the Campus Health Center. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (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 the instructor and/or lab instructor of bone pathology courses and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (1+3)

MDI8140 Thesis Preparation III (3 credits)                                    

This course is a continuation of Thesis Preparation II. The resident will continue to meet with their thesis advisor and will focus upon completion of a final draft thesis. The resident is expected to submit a final draft to the residency director for review. (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. Resident tutorial sessions and lab exercises will be expected. The resident will also be lab assistant and/or primary instructor in Bone Pathology III, a professional level course at UWS that review special imaging procedures such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone scan, discography, myelography, ultrasound, tomography and thermography. Upon completion of this course, the resident will be expected to pass a written and an oral exam administered by the residency director. (2+4)

MDI8210 Clinical Radiology Phase 2B (3 credits)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the Campus Health Center. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of the Campus Health Center. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (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 the instructor and/or lab instructor of bone pathology courses and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (1+3)

MDI8230 Thesis Revision and Submission (3 credits)                                                        

Following revisions recommended by the residency director, the resident will submit their thesis to the residency committee for final approval. (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)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the Campus Health Center. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of the Campus Health Center. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (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 the instructor and/or lab instructor of bone pathology courses and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (1+3)

MDI8330 Thesis Submission and Final Draft (2 credits)

This course is the continuation of Thesis Revision and Submission. Upon completion of the course, the resident will submit their final draft to the residency director. Upon approval by the residency director (or appointed committee member), the thesis will be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. (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. The resident will also be lab assistant and/or primary instructor in Soft Tissue Interpretation, a professional level course at UWS that familiarizes the student with common conditions affecting the thorax. 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)

MDI8410 Clinical Radiology Phase 2D (4 credits)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the Campus Health Center. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of the Campus Health Center. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (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 the instructor and/or lab instructor of bone pathology courses and will be directly supervised by the assigned primary instructor of Diplomate status in chiropractic radiology. The assigned supervisor will assess the resident for teaching proficiency, level of knowledge, and professional demeanor and deportment. Student evaluations will also be assessed. (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. The resident will also be lab assistant and/or primary instructor in Soft Tissue Interpretation, a professional level course at UWS that familiarized the student with common conditions that affect the abdomen. 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)

MDI9110 Clinical Radiology Phase 3A (4 credits)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the off-site health centers. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians 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)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the off-site health clinics. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+12)

MDI9300 Clinical Radiology Phase 3C (8 credits)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the off-site health clinics. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+24)

MDI9400 Clinical Radiology Phase 3D (8 credits)                                                  

The resident will be expected to dictate clear, detailed and accurate reports on imaging studies of patients within the off-site health clinics. These reports will be assessed for accuracy and clarity by an assigned radiologist. The resident will also be expected these reports in a timely fashioned as required under policy. Furthermore, the resident will be available for consultation with physicians and interns of these clinics. Evaluation will be based upon feedback from physicians and by the assigned radiologist assessing the resident’s radiology reports. (0+24)