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 Alap Desai, M.D., and Linnan Tang, M.D., Ph.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 Students Only)
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 pediatric 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.
RAD 1902 – Interventional Radiology Selective (UTSW and Visiting Students)
Under the direction of Alap Desai, M.D., and Linnan Tang, M.D., Ph.D., this four-week elective is open to post-clerkship students who have completed a surgery rotation and seek to gain further exposure to the field of interventional radiology.
Students have the opportunity to review the indications for IR procedures, perform patient histories and physical examinations, 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 offered only to students applying to an interventional radiology residency program.
We welcome all medical students who are interested in gaining research experience in the field of Radiology. UT Southwestern Department of Radiology fosters an environment where our research informs and guides our imaging protocols and management. Our department offers multiple learning opportunities in data collection, analysis and manuscript writing.
Opportunities for Radiology research include, but are not limited to:
- Voluntary Time
- Scholarly Activity Course Options (SCH1703)
- Radiology Summer Research Program (UTSW students only)
- For-Credit Research Elective (UTSW – MED 1054 / Visiting Students – RES 2101)
Medical students interested in participating in radiology research should complete the Medical Student Research Request Form. This will help route requests to our department and ensure students receive appropriate access. Students should download and save the completed form. After determining their projects and mentors, students must submit corresponding research activity forms to the office of the Associate Dean of Research. Visiting students who wish to engage in radiology research should complete RES 2101 Research Elective application through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).
Note: All elective rotations are subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Medical Student Research 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.
Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved through the Radiology Observerships Survey. 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
Emily Knippa, M.D.
- Assistant Professor
Sally Goudreau, M.D.
Kiran Batra, M.D.
- Clinical Assistant Professor
Jacqueline Caire, M.D.
- Clinical Assistant Professor
Theresa Huang, M.D.
- Assistant Professor
Stephen Kircher, M.D.
- Assistant Professor
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 visiting students planning to apply for a radiology residency training program at UT Southwestern.
U.S. medical school students must apply through Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO). Please refer 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