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Rotation 2

During the second through third year of radiology residency at UW (R3-4), all residents rotate through Musculoskeletal Radiology at Roosevelt. The resident is expected to run the musculoskeletal service, making sure that exams are dictated, future exams are protocoled, procedures are performed, and consultations are given.


After completing the second four-week rotation in musculoskeletal radiology, the resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate learning of knowledge based objectives and mastery of technical objectives for the second rotation
  • Continue to build and improve on skills developed during the first rotation
  • Develop skills in protocoling and monitoring CT and MR examinations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria and ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards for musculoskeletal imaging
  • Participate in the education of junior residents, interns, and medical students
  • Perform image guided procedures



  • Recognize and describe the radiographic presentation of Paget disease
  • Demonstrate learning of a systematic approach to arthritis
  • Demonstrate a systematic assessment of a solitary lesion of bone and be able to categorize the lesion as aggressive or nonaggressive
  • Recognize and describe common locations of and radiologic manifestations of osteonecrosis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of MRI safety issues including contraindication to scanning and use of contrast
  • Demonstrate learning of the use of various pulse sequences and planes of imaging used in MRI of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Demonstrate learning of joint anatomy and pathology on MRI


  • Build and improve on skills acquired during first rotation
  • Demonstrate the ability to gather essential and accurate patient information (electronic, personal communication) to appropriately prescribe MRI protocols (PC, ICS)
  • Provide effective and timely feedback and education to CT and MRI technologists regarding quality of examinations (ICS, SBP)
  • Demonstrate ability to monitor CT and MRI examinations to ensure the patient is adequately evaluated (MK, PC)
  • Provide technical and educational guidance to junior residents and students (ICS)
  • Safely perform fluroscopically guided joint injections and aspirations with faculty supervision (PC)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of indications, contraindications, radiation risks, and post procedural management of fluroscopically guided procedures including management of complications (MK, PC)
  • Demonstrate an ability to counsel a patient and obtain informed consent before performing a procedure, including a description of the procedure, risks, benefits, and alternatives; and solicit and respond to patient questions without discrimination based on religious, ethnic, sexual, economic, or educational differences (ICS, PC, P)
  • Maintain a log of all procedures performed including complications (PBL)

See Abbreviations


  • Report plain, and cross sectional studies from the MSK UNREAD WORKLIST
  • Report STAT ER cases within a 30 minute window in preliminary format and call the ER with the results
  • Successfully perform SHOULDER arthrograms under supervision by attendings or fellows: Review arthrogram videos which are available on MSK website prior to procedures. A link to our awesome online video arthrography tutorials.
  • Observe all arthrograms
  • Protocol CT, and MRI exams using the MSK CT & MRI protocol reference book when fellows are not available
  • Observe US exams
  • Complete required readings: Books are available at MSK reading room
  • Attend required conferences
  • Complete rotation evaluation
  • Present MSK noon conference:
    1. Time : on third Wednesday at HMC
    2. Content : interesting MRI cases during the rotation

Required reading

  1. UW MSK website providing essential knowledge of Musculoskeletal radiology
  2. Musculoskeletal MRI by Helms, Major et al.
  3. MSK Imaging: A Teaching File by Chew and Roberts

Reading Topics

  • Week 1 - MRI of knee
  • Week 2 - MRI of shoulder
  • Week 3 - MRI of wrist and elbow
  • Week 4 - MRI of foot and ankle


  • Morning conference at UWMC (Everyday)
  • Thursday resident lecture at UWMC (Every Thursday)
  • Friday Online MSK Case Conference (with UC Davis & others) at Roos & HMC (Every Friday @ Noon)
  • Radiology – Rheumatology conference at ROS (Every first Friday 8:30 AM)
  • Sarcoma conference at UWMC (every Tuesday @4PM) – The resident should prepare and present 2 of the cases. He/She will go to the conference in the company of the MSK fellow who is responsible for the conference. There must be one resident or fellow remaining at ROS, meaning that if there is only 1 resident on duty, that resident will go to Sarcoma Conference only if there are 2 fellows on duty (one to go, one to stay). If there are 2 residents on duty, 1 goes and 1 stays if there is only 1 fellow; if there are 2 residents and 2 fellows, both residents can go, and 1 fellow stays. The residents can go home after the conference, unless they have to clean up their work, in which case it can be done from UWMC.

Exit interview

At the end of each MSK rotation (core or elective), each resident will meet with MSK MSK faculty on duty for brief exit interview during the last week. Resident will receive feedback regarding his/her performance during the month and also have opportunity to voice ideas to improve the rotation. MSK rotation evaluation should be submitted after the exit interview before the actual last date of rotation.

rotation_2.txt · Last modified: 2020/01/10 15:53 by hyomul