Medical Student Education
In modern medicine, the discipline of radiology plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Regardless of whether physicians choose to practice primary care or one of the specialties, they will find that imaging and image-guided therapy play an integral role in the practice of medicine. Cross-sectional and plain film imaging have been integrated into the human function course during the first trimester of medical school training, under the direction of Julie Champine, M.D., FACR.
The Department of Radiology at UT Southwestern offers numerous opportunities for medical students to learn about the field of radiology with an emphasis on providing a better understanding of available imaging modalities, appropriate evidence-based use of imaging, and the role of radiology in the care of patients through a collegial educational environment and direct interaction with world-class faculty, and access to advanced imaging equipment.
Medical School Courses
RAD 2001 – Explorations of Radiology (UTSW students only)
Under the direction of Kristen Bishop, M.D., this two-week elective is open to clerkship and post-clerkship students and is intended to provide exposure to subspecialty clinical radiology.
Students choose up to two areas of emphasis and spend time on corresponding clinical services. This elective introduces students to reading room and procedure rooms across an array of radiology subspecialties. Self-instructional modules are incorporated, but the majority of the student’s learning comes from time spent in the clinical care environment.
RAD 2101 – Diagnostic Radiology (UTSW and Visiting Students)
This four-week elective is recommended for all medical students regardless of future residency choice. Under the direction of Kristen Bishop, M.D., the course focuses on what future interns and ordering physicians need to know, though the course also provides a thorough background for future radiologists as well.
Students choose up to four areas of emphasis and spend time on corresponding clinical services. This elective introduces students to the reading room and procedure rooms across an array of radiology subspecialties. Self-instructional learning modules are accompanied by radiology/pathology correlation conferences, lectures, and case-based problem-solving sessions with Radiology faculty, fellows, and residents.
RAD 2103 – Vascular and Interventional Radiology (UTSW and Visiting Students)
Under the direction of Alison Palumbo, M.D., this four-week elective is open to post-clerkship students who have completed a surgery rotation and is intended to introduce students to the field of interventional radiology (IR).
Students have the opportunity to review the indications for IR procedures, perform patient histories and physical exams, discuss new and current patients with the IR team, scrub in and assist on a variety of IR procedures, see patients in follow-up and thus serve as an integral part of the IR team.
This hands-on IR course is recommended for students applying to a radiology residency program or students who want specific training in interventions (future vascular surgeons, etc.).
RAD 2104 – Neuroradiology (UTSW and Visiting Students)
Under the direction of Carlos Perez, M.D., this four-week elective is open to post-clerkship students who have completed a neurology rotation and is intended to introduce students to the field of neuroradiology.
This course is recommended for students applying to a radiology residency program or students who want specific training in cross-sectional imaging (potential neurosurgeons, neurologists, otolaryngologists, etc.).
RAD 1901 – Radiology Selective (UTSW students only)
Under the direction of Kristen Bishop, M.D., this four-week elective is open to post-clerkship students who have completed RAD 2101 Diagnostic Radiology and seek to gain further exposure to the field of radiology.
Students may choose a specific subspecialty area of academic interest including: abdominal imaging, neuroradiology, or interventional radiology. Under the supervision of the divisional ambassador of that section along with section faculty, fellows, and residents, the student will participate in daily clinical activities of radiology with an emphasis on image interpretation, observing procedures, attending clinical conferences, and viewing teaching files.
This elective is offered only to students applying to a radiology residency program.
There are a number of opportunities in the field of Radiology for trainees to gain research experience. Students interested in learning more about how to get involved in a radiology project should review the Radiology Student Project Catalog and complete the Request a Research Mentor form.
- Scholarly Activity Course Options (SCH1703)
Radiology offers a number of options for fulfillment of the 12-week requirement in scholarly activities. Options are available for clinical research, medical education, and quality improvement. Please refer to the project catalog for a list of current projects.
- Radiology Summer Research Program (UTSW students only):
Students interested in Radiology Research should review the project catalog. Once you have identified a project, complete the Request a Research Mentor form. The student and mentor will formalize the project to fit the needs of the project and the student’s interests. Please refer to the UT Southwestern Medical Student Research Program website for more information regarding the application process.
- For-Credit Research Elective (UTSW – MED 1054 / Visiting Students – RES 2101):
Students interested in finding out more about UT Southwestern radiology research opportunities should review the project catalog and complete the Request a Research Mentor form for the project you are most interested in.
Once you and the mentor choose to move forward with your involvement in a project, complete the Research Elective Approval Form and the Proposal for Research Elective Form found here or on the Medical Student Research Elective website. The student should then submit the completed forms to the Medical Student Coordinator. Visiting students should apply to the RES 2101 Research Elective through VSAS.
Electives must be approved by the Associate Dean six weeks before the elective start date.
The Department of Radiology offers observership (shadowing) opportunities in nine subspecialty divisions, allowing students to gain exposure to our world-class faculty and interact with Radiology fellows, residents, and technicians. Observership opportunities begin at 2 p.m. each Friday.
Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the Moodle Radiology Observerships page. Students must request to shadow a division at least seven days in advance of the preferred date.
Radiology Interest Group
The Radiology Interest Group (RIG) offers additional opportunities for students to explore the field of radiology and provides opportunities for medical students to interface with radiology faculty, fellows, and residents. Members are also be provided with information regarding radiology research and/or radiology residency training. For more information, contact the RIG current co-presidents.
Career Advising and Mentoring
Career advising and mentoring is available to UT Southwestern medical students applying to radiology residency programs. Kristen Bishop, M.D., Alison Palumbo, M.D., and Carlos Perez, M.D., are available for email or face-to-face advising. They are confidential advisors and can answer questions about curriculum planning, career planning, and the residency application process.
Michael Morriss, M.D., Radiology Residency Program Director, can also serve as an advisor to those going through the application process.
UT Southwestern students who are interested in a mentor from the Department of Radiology should complete a Request a Research Mentor form. Mentors are paired with students based on interests.
Divisional Faculty Ambassadors
Pediatric Interventional Radiology
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
The Visiting Medical Student Program enriches both the Department of Radiology at UT Southwestern and the visiting medical student. Applicants must be in good academic standing and actively progressing toward a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at a U.S. medical school.
Clinical Electives are only open to students planning on applying for radiology residency training at UT Southwestern.
Students who attend a U.S. medical school must apply to a senior elective through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Go to the Visiting Students from U.S. Medical Schools page for more information on requirements both before and after acceptance. This includes LCME-accredited medical schools or participating COCA-accredited AACOM member schools.
Students who are accepted for the elective must complete their application through VSAS. The completed application, documents, and payment must be received six to eight weeks prior to the rotation start date. Failure to do so can result in cancellation of the elective.
- Non-Refundable Rotation Fee – $25
- Parking Pass – $10