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MSRS Evidence-Based Project

RADS 5233 Administration in Radiology Evidence-based Project (3 credits) 
Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033, 5103, 5124

RADS 5243 Radiologic Education Evidence-based Project (3 credits) 
Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033, 5103, 5124

Project Course Overview:

In this course, students will identify and complete an evidence-based project (EBP) within the area of either administrative or educational radiology (depending on their tracks). The design of the course affords students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program to the planning, administration, and evaluation of a faculty approved project. 

This project will uniquely focus on the students’ special interests and career goals but must reflect a problem in the workplace.  Projects can be completed in a variety of health care and educational settings outside or inside the students’ work environments. 

For external site selection: Administration track MSRS majors typically visit sites such as hospitals and outpatient clinics.  Education track MSRS majors typically visit sites including hospital-based programs, community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.  An MSU faculty member will facilitate the experience and will serve as liaison between the student and the preceptor site throughout the process.

Students are encouraged to work within their current institutions; however, if students choose an external site, they should begin selection of sites near the completion of course prerequisites. Students should be aware that development of a new site requires significant evaluation and administrative preparation.  Students requesting a non-established site should seek early advisement from the MSU Project Course Instructor. External sites generally require contracts to be established between MSU and the site, which may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to complete.

In the case where students choose an external site, MSU has established relations with a variety of administrative and educational sites that may be willing to accommodate the student's objectives.  The MSU Project Course Instructor grants final approval for site selection and may assign a student to a particular site to ensure achievement of goals and objectives. 

Student Responsibilities during the Project Course: 

All students must:  

  • Generate and gain approval by the MSU faculty a list of behaviorally stated objectives for completion during the project;
  • Fulfill all course responsibilities and objectives as outlined in the course syllabus; 
  • Provide support to the site preceptor during the actual visit; 
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of objectives in the form of a portfolio that provides evidence of objective achievement.

Students must arrange housing, transportation, and other related expenses during the project.

Student Project Preparation Checklist: 

  • All immunization records must be on file with the MSU Vinson Student Health Center. Contact the Vinson Student Health Center at (940) 397-4231 to start the paperwork (For external site selection only)
  • Liability insurance premium must be paid.  Select your degree track and pay by credit card (For external site selection only)
  • The MSU EBP Course Instructor must approve and obtain the appropriate administrative documentation for the rotation site.
  • The MSU EBP Course Instructor must approve the objectives (stated in behavioral format) prior to the start of the experience.
  • The student must be aware of the evaluation and grading process for the course.
  • The student and MSU EBP Course Instructor must agree on a deadline for submitting the Portfolio materials for evaluation.
  • The student must be prepared to respond to any special initiatives requested by the Site Preceptor prior to or during the rotation.
  • The student must understand that the Site Preceptor will provide feedback to the MSU EBP Course Coordinator on the performance and attitude of the student during the rotation.
  • The student must complete all evaluation materials related to the experience (including but not limited to the Portfolio) to complete the course.
For External Site Selection ONLY - Project Site Preceptor Responsibilities: 

The resident Site Preceptor will oversee and facilitate the student’s experiences and may offer assistance with local logistics. The Site Preceptor plays a vital role in the development of objectives and must be in agreement to the prescribed objectives.  The preceptor may assign additional activities prior to or during the student’s rotation.


Portfolio Development Instructions:

The EBP experience is designed to allow students to successfully complete pre-established objectives.  Following completion of the project, each student is expected to submit a “portfolio” that reflects the outcomes of the experience.  The portfolio should demonstrate completion of established objectives along with evidence of other activities in which the students were involved.  The final portfolio should be submitted online via the D2L dropbox or other electronic means worked out with the instructor.  The portfolio due date will be agreed upon by the EBP Course Instructor and the student. The portfolio should include:

  • Title Page
    • Students’ name, project name, EBP Course Instructor’s name, and date of submission
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction Statement
    • Purpose of the project or what is significant about the problem
  • Project Objectives
    • List objectives.
    • Why is it important to establish objectives before beginning work on an issue?
  • Discussion about the Value of the Project Objectives
    • How does each objective address the problem?
  • Changes in Objectives
    • Explanation of any changes in the established objectives with documentation of approval of the changes.
      • What were the conditions that caused a change in the established objectives?
    • If there were no changes to objectives, please state “There were no changes.”
  • Evidence of Achievement/Deliverables 
    • Provide the deliverables.
    • Explain how each deliverable demonstrates resolution or mitigation of the problem.
    • Students must specifically discuss how their deliverables tie into the objectives.
    • Students must discuss in detail their role in the development or creation of the deliverables.
      • For example: if you revised a policy or procedure, you must include the original and the new one in addition to discussing what you did to change the policy or procedure.
    • Discuss and document the achievement or failure to achieve the established objectives.  
  • Reflection on the Learning Experience 
    • How has this project influenced your understanding of evidence-based practices?
    • What challenges did you experience in completing this project?
  • Journal 
    • Detailed documentation of daily log or journal notes. 
      • Dates and times.
      • Specific activities.
      • Any person you worked with (email or verbal conversations).
  • Conclusions
    • Summary of the project

NOTE: Provide APA citations and a reference list where appropriate. Additionally, please use proper English writing style, as this will be part of students’ grades.