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Radiology, Diagnostic (Minnesota)


On the first day of the elective, students are given a tour of the department, a packet of introductory material and a conference schedule. A schedule of activities is set up for each student. The schedule generally includes assignments in each of several areas in the department, including chest radiology, G.I., G.U., musculoskeletal radiology, pediatric radiology, CT, ultrasonography, hospital radiology, neuroradiology and nuclear medicine. The student is usually paired with a specific consultant in each subspecialty area. Depending on the length of the clerkship, assignment in these areas varies from one or two days to as long as one week. The success and value of this elective largely depends on the motivation of the student. Use of learning materials in the department library is strongly encouraged.

Specific goals

  1. Observe the workings of a busy clinical department and the role of diagnostic radiologists in the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  2. Understand the value and limitations of various imaging procedures.
  3. Appreciate the consultative role of the radiologist.
  4. Observe the fundamentals of radiologic diagnosis and therapy in clinical situations.

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 and residents in each area of the department.

Students are expected to study texts, journals and teaching file cases in the department library. The library is available for medical students' use during daytime hours on regular workdays only.

Method of evaluation

Because of the nature of the elective, which consists of interaction with a variety of staff during the clerkship, the evaluation is generally only "pass" or "fail."

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