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Radiology, Diagnostic (Florida)


Students participating in the clinical activities of the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic Florida observe all facets of diagnostic radiology, including those both clinic and hospital-based. The size of the Jacksonville practice also provides students an opportunity to easily follow individual patients throughout their imaging workup.

Specific goals

  • Become familiar with the growing number of increasingly complex radiologic modalities available for helping direct patient management.
  • Learn the indications for commonly requested diagnostic examinations and therapeutic procedures performed in a radiology department.
  • Learn to recognize various disease processes as they appear on a variety of imaging modalities.
  • Learn how to employ radiologic workups in an efficient and economically sound manner.

Activity outline

Students rotate through multiple sections of the Department of Radiology, including chest, musculoskeletal, breast imaging, GI, body CT, ultrasound, MR, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine. A 4 or 5 week rotation also includes a one week elective block; a student can choose to spend all of the time in one area or divide the time into half days in up to 10 areas.

Students also spend 2 hours in each section working alongside radiologic technologists to improve understanding of the perspective of the technologist as well as the patient undergoing a radiology procedure.

In addition, students attend regularly scheduled resident conferences and are required to prepare and present at one conference a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation on a radiologic topic of personal interest as discussed with the program director prior to the presentation.

Method of evaluation

All supervising consultants provide written performance evaluations. The program director then constructs a single evaluation summary letter for each student. Each student is asked to complete an evaluation of the rotation as well.