The Department of Radiology offers a dynamic elective program for medical students.
Students have the option to start radiology training in the third year of medical school with a two-week intensive rotation in chest and body radiology. During their fourth year, medical students can choose to spend a four-week elective in the department of radiology. At the beginning of this rotation, students choose four areas of interest and are able to spend one week in each. In addition, there is an advanced four-week elective available for students to spend a month on a single service.
Medical students spend their time in the reading room with the attendings and residents. This is an active learning experience, as they look at cases independently, participate in readout, and ask questions.
Each day, medical students attend two conferences – one of which is specifically dedicated to teaching medical students and covers the basics of radiology. Medical students also attend the daily resident conference.
Each student is loaned a copy of Essentials of Radiology by Fred Mettler and has access to a plethora of materials both in the Radiology library and online. Medical student grades are based off of performance in the reading room, a final examination and a case presentation.
At the end of the general fourth year elective, students present to residents and other students about an interesting case seen during the course of the rotation. During their advanced rotation, students work on a QI project or case report.