Medical Student Information (Radiology)

Courses Offered

Medical Imaging is proud to provide instruction throughout all phases of the College of Medicine MD program in the form of Radiology electives and didactic lectures. We offer a hybrid elective comprised of Aquifer teaching modules, and in-person reading room experience.

Electives

  • 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

Radiology rotations begin with an orientation provided by the Course Director,  Dr. Sarah Desoky. Each 4-week rotation consists of a common schedule:

8 am – 12 pm

  • Shadowing of attendings and residents in hospital reading rooms
  • Observing and participating in procedures in the clinical space

12 pm – 5 pm

  • Attending medical student lectures / flipped classroom sessions (in Tower 1 conference room 201)
  • Flexible study time to complete modules and other educational activities

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
  • Complete Aquifer Radiology modules
  • Take a self-evaluation assessment to help identify areas of needed review
  • Take a written final examination 

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

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 Learning Opportunities (VSLO) to schedule your rotation.