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Medical Student Elective

The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science places a strong emphasis on education and mentoring at every level.

The one-month basic medical student clinical elective, the most popular elective in the School of Medicine for the past 10 years, introduces students to imaging both as potential future consultants and future residents. The required textbook is provided as a loaner, and the students have a dedicated educational space and access to computers. Students spend one or two half days per week in various divisions seeing how studies are obtained, how patient care is delivered and attending readouts and teaching sessions. The basic elective course emphasizes not only the usual basics of interpretation and identifying urgent or life-threatening findings but also focuses on appropriate medical language and comportment, interview skills, reviews for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and advice on the National Resident Matching Program. Approximately 30 to 40 faculty and residents participate in teaching monthly. Students also get instruction in the essentials of organizing and presenting educational information by giving a brief PowerPoint presentation near the end of the course.

Students wishing a more advanced or subspecialized experience often elect a radiology subspecialty observership, a second month on interventional radiology, pediatrics, musculoskeletal or with a specific mentor/faculty. Second months usually involve research opportunities.

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