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Radiology, Diagnostic (Arizona)


The student will be asked to select areas of subspecialty in radiology that they wish to participate. These subspecialty areas include:

  • Breast
  • Body
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Interventional
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ultrasound


  • Four-week elective
  • Four subspecialties (one week each)

In order to maximize learning of medical students, residents, and fellows, the maximum time that will be approved in any given area will be one week.

Students will be part of the imaging team, shadowing radiology residents, fellows, and attendings as cases are reviewed and discussed in the radiology reading rooms. Students with an interest in procedures will be invited to observe and potentially participate in biopsies and other interventional procedures (procedures are typically performed in breast imaging, ultrasound, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, and interventional rotations).

The use of learning materials in the department library is strongly encouraged.

Overarching goal

The main goals of the radiology elective are to gain exposure to the various fields within radiology and understand the role that radiology plays in the diagnosis of disease and management of patients.

Elective specific objectives

  1. Observe the workings of a busy clinical department and the role of diagnostic radiologists in the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  2. Recognize the value and limitations of various imaging procedures.
    Appreciate the consultative role of the radiologist.
  3. Observe the fundamentals of radiologic diagnosis and therapy in clinical situations.
  4. Observe and practice effective means of communication with referring providers and allied health staff.

Activity outline

Students observe various areas in Mayo's Department of Diagnostic Radiology. Duties include tutorial teaching sessions with residents, attendance at departmental teaching conferences, and interaction with staff radiologists, residents, and fellows in each area of the department.

Students are expected to engage in active learning by reviewing and studying introductory imaging textbooks.  Books will be provided to students by the Radiology Residency Coordinator at the start of the elective period.

  • 50% ambulatory (outpatient) 
  • 50% inpatient

Method of assessment

Student of course (MedHub)