Medical Student Information

Courses Offered

The Department of Medical Imaging participates in the Office of Medical Student Education Clerkship rotations.  Our electives are open to third and fourth year medical students in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, and fourth year medical students from other academic institutions.  The course length differs depending on the medical school year; fourth year medical students spend 4 weeks,  and third year medical students spend 3 weeks rotating through different sections of our department depending on the elective.

The electives offered are:

  • RADI-800A Radiology Research
  • RADI-850A Diagnostic Radiology
  • RADI-850B Nuclear Medicine
  • RADI-850C Neuroradiology
  • RADI-850D Pediatric Radiology
  • RADI-850M Musculoskeletal 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 Program Director, Dr. Sarah Desoky, provides an overview of the rotation and student expectations, to include:

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.  (Faculty evaluations will count toward their final grade.)
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 which will count toward the final grade.

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 examination to help identify sections in which more study is needed for their success in the elective. This exam does not count toward their final grade.
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 Chest section and may choose from the following sections for the remaining weeks on rotation:

  • Body
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • 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.