Medical Student Education

When you train with our faculty, we’ll augment your understanding of nuclear medicine, providing you with essential knowledge that you’ll tap throughout your career.

Elective Courses

Our electives let you pursue clinical and research experiences tailored to your interests.

NMD 501/502 Basic Science of Nuclear Medicine, 2 credits

The purpose of this course is to help students understand the basic principles of nuclear medicine. This lecture course deals with the scientific foundations of nuclear medicine which includes radioactive decay, production of isotopes, interaction of radiation and matter, basic nuclear instrumentation, gamma-ray scanners and cameras, health physics and radiation protection. The physiological basis for various radiopharmaceuticals will be discussed as well as the theory and practice of radioimmunoassay.

Upon completing this course, students should have gained an understanding of the physical and chemical foundations of nuclear medicine.

2 credits per semester; 2 hours/week; 32 weeks (two semesters). Departmental faculty members. 

Number of students: Unlimited.

NMD 601 Independent Study, 1-4 credits

Independent study in any selected area of instrumentation, radiopharmaceutical development or clinical application can be arranged.

By arrangement.

NMD 801 Clinical Nuclear Medicine, 4 credits

This rotation serves as an introduction to the medical uses of radioactive materials. Its aim is to provide practical experience in the performance and interpretation of the common nuclear medicine procedures. Exposure to advanced metabolic functional imaging modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET) is available.

Students will follow routine radionuclide procedures from the preparation and administration of the radiopharmaceutical through to the interpretation and reporting of results. Daily imaging reading conferences will provide the framework for discussion of the role of nuclear medicine in clinical practice.

It is expected that by the completion of this rotation, the student will:

  • Be familiar with the most commonly prescribed indications for radionuclide procedures
  • Understand the complementary roles of nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging in solving various diagnostic problems
  • Understand the physiological basis of the common organ visualization and dynamic function tests
  • Understand the basic principles for safe handling of radioactive materials.

Prerequisite: Senior medical student. Junior medical students, please contact department for availability and permission prior to registering. 

Modules: B-L Blocks: 1b-4

Number of students: 2 per site

Locations: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (R), Buffalo General Medical Center (G), Mercy Hospital (Y), VA Medical Center (V). 

Contact departmental office for site location when registering.

NMD 950 Research in Nuclear Medicine, 4 credits

The Department of Nuclear Medicine is engaged in many areas of research including instrument development, radiopharmaceutical and new technique development, and basic and clinical scientific investigations of disease states using both animal models and human patients.

Prior to registering for a research elective, students will need to meet with Dr. Milling regarding project and work with the department to find a faculty mentor. Students should discuss project ideas with their mentor and provide a short description of the research they would like to conduct during the elective. Students will then take this description to the department chair and/or course director for approval. After obtaining approval, students will complete a drop/add form, working with the appropriate department/course coordinators and send the completed form to the registrar in order to register for the research elective.

Prerequisite: Senior medical student or by permission of OME and instructor.  

Modules: B-L. By arrangement.