Nuclear Medicine Residency Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

The Nuclear Medicine Physician-in-Training is expected to be physically present at the assigned rotation Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until the work is completed or signed out to the on-call resident.

These are on a four week block basis, alternating between the VA, Vanderbilt, PET/CT, and nuclear cardiology. Time in the in-vitro lab and radiopharmacy must and should be arranged when adequate cross coverage is available.

  1. Review the QC floods for each camera each day.
  2. Review of the schedule and requests for nuclear medicine procedures in the morning.
  3. Obtain relevant clinical information from the computerized medical record and the patient and/or the referring physician in order to evaluate the appropriateness of the study. If the procedure ordered does not appear to be the most appropriate, communicate with the referring physician.
  4. Prescribe appropriate radiopharmaceuticals and dose for each patient.
  5. Assist the technologist to perform the procedure when needed.
  6. Review the final images with the technologist before the patient leaves the department.
  7. Correlate the nuclear medicine image findings with other diagnostic studies (nuclear medicine, radiology, pathology, etc.).
  8. Formulate a preliminary interpretation and differential diagnosis for each patient.
  9. Review each procedure with the nuclear medicine faculty for final interpretation.
  10. Dictate the final report on all patients from that day.
  11. Communicate the reports to the referring physician when appropriate.
  12. Edit the transcribed reports as necessary.
  13. Provide coverage for conscious sedation (for PET- CT).

 At all times and for each rotation, a nuclear medicine faculty member is available for help and identified on the monthly nuclear medicine schedule.