Medical Student Information (Radiology)

Courses Offered

Because Radiologic diagnosis is important to all physicians, Medical Imaging is proud to provide an opportunity for medical students to learn the fundamentals of Radiologic interpretation and to participate in the daily activity of a medical imaging practice. Teaching effort of the DMI includes medical student education both in Pre-Clerkship (years 1 and 2) and Clerkship (years 3 and 4) including both didactic lectures and elective courses.    


  • RADI-800 Radiology Research
  • RADI-850A Diagnostic Radiology
  • RADI-850B Nuclear Medicine
  • RADI-850C Neuroradiology
  • RADI-850D Pediatric Radiology
  • RADI-850M Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • RADI-850R Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • RADI-891A Radiology (Away Rotation)
  • RADI-899A Radiology Independent Study

For details visit the Office of Medical Student Education.

Overview of Rotations

Each rotation begins with an orientation provided by the Radiology Electives Course Director,  Dr. Sarah Desoky.  Medical student participation includes the following (between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, M-F):

  • Shadowing of attendings and residents in the reading rooms
  • Observing and participating in procedures
  • Attending medical student lectures presented by Radiology faculty
  • Presenting a 10-minute oral presentation on a designated topic 

Students taking the Diagnostic Radiology elective (RADI-850A), our core course, are also required to:

  • Participate in two days of ON-CALL duties from 5pm-8pm
  • Take a self-evaluation assessment to help identify sections in which more study is needed for their success in the elective
  • Take a written final examination which will count toward their final grade

We accept 8 students per rotation for Diagnostic Radiology (RADI-850A).   Fourth-year medical students receive 4 credit hours for 4 weeks on the rotation.   Students are required to spend one week in the Cardiothoracic Imaging section and may choose from the following sections for the remaining weeks on rotation:

  • Abdominal Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear Radiology
  • Pediatric Imaging
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Vascular/Interventional

Also available to each student is the option of a half-day at the Advanced Breast Imaging Center (ABIC). 

Several of the Radiology course electives offer a more in-depth introduction to a Radiology sub-specialty. Typically, students who are interested in Radiology as a career take the Diagnostic Radiology (RADI-850A) elective, and then return for another rotation in a more specific elective in which they spend all four weeks.

Evaluation Criteria

Final grades are determined by three measurable results:

  • Faculty Evaluations
  • Grade on Oral Presentation
  • Grade on Final Written Examination (Diagnostic Radiology students only)

How to Apply?

To schedule a clerkship elective, you can register with the Online Access to Student Information and Scheduling (OASIS) program if you are a University of Arizona medical student or contact the Office of Medical Student Education, Student Affairs.  If you are a fourth-year medical student from a visiting institution, please utilize the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to schedule your rotation.