RAD 7101

Diagnostic Radiology


Blake Cicenas
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Note: This course has an enrollment minimum of five (combined between all sites). We will be in touch with enrolled prior to the start of the period as to whether this course will run.

Catalog Description:

  • Rotation through the different subspecialty areas in the radiology department, including Chest, Gastrointenstinal/Genitourinary, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal, Mammography, Neuroradiology, and Pediatric radiology
  • Interactive discussions and Didactic lectures by radiology personnel, including a hands-on ultrasound session. 
  • Opportunities for online learning, including experiences that mimic the experience of performing radiologist-style imaging interpretations.Lectures and other educational activities will be held at the University site.


View site addresses by clicking on the site name below or visiting the site codes table.

Site Code

Site Name



UMMC - East Bank

UMMC - West Bank - East Building

Clinics and Surgery Center Imaging Center

 Students go to all three sites.


Hennepin County Medical Center

UMMC - East Bank

Students report to UMMC - East Bank on Wednesdays for group learning.


VA Medical Center

UMMC - East Bank

Students report to UMMC - East Bank on Wednesdays for group learning.

Required session attendance: First and last day of rotation are mandatory

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm

Direct patient care:  No

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives:  The goals of this course are to:

  • teach students the concept of approaching common radiographic examinations systematically.
  • help students to appreciate the variety of procedures performed in the radiology department. This will include discussions of the use of ionizing radiation in the radiology department and discussion of the different types of contrast agents used in radiology. Additionally, many discussions will center around which of the many available imaging tests are most appropriate in given scenarios. Risks and benefits will be discussed.
  • help students understand the radiologist's role in both routine and complex clinical situations.

During the elective the student will:

  • participate in "read out" sessions with radiology trainees and faculty. Students may be asked to participate in data gathering from the electronic medical record to assist with exam interpretation.
  • observe patients undergoing different radiologic examinations and thus develop an understanding of the relationship of the clinician, the radiologist, and the patient in the utilization of radiologic procedures.
  • use radiology to reinforce and correlate the knowledge obtained during the basic science years and on other clinical rotations.

Graded Components:

  • Final examination
  • Group presentation
  • Case assignments
  • Assessment by site director

Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type:  No

Course equivalency:  N/A

Related curricular experience:

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Course evaluation:  MedHub