Medical Student Information

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 medical imaging practice. Teaching effort of the DMI includes medical student education both in Pre-Clerkship (years 1 and 2) and Clerkship years (years 3 and 4) including both didactic lectures and elective courses.  academic institutions. 

The electives offered are:

  • 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 adn Interventional Radiology
  • RADI-891A Radiology (Away Rotation)
  • RADI-899A Radiology Independent Study

For more detailed information visit the Office of Medical Student Education.

Overview of Rotations

Each rotation begins with an orientation during which the Radiology Electives Course Director,  Dr. Sarah Desoky,  provides an overview and outlines student expectations, namely:

Shadowing attendings and residents in the reading rooms and observing and participating in procedures between the hours of 8am - 5pm each day, Monday through Friday 
Attending medical student lectures (presented by radiology faculty), Medical Imaging Grand Rounds, and other departmental conferences as scheduled
Giving 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).   4th 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 Medicine
  • Pediatric Imaging
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Vascular/Interventional

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

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

The final grade of each student is 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.