Exposure to radiology during medical school
Radiology is a multi-faceted, expansive speciality. It includes numerous imaging modalities, has both diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, and it is at the frontier of many technological advances. Despite the position radiology holds in modern medicine, it remains an undervalued subject in medical school. During clinical training, students rotate through a variety of medical and surgical specialities, and gain experience with both hospital and community healthcare; however, they rarely get dedicated time in the radiology department. Irish and UK medical schools that do incorporate a radiology rotation into their rota, often limit the training to a cursory 1 week placement. During this short time, students scarcely have the opportunity to get acquainted with the workings of the department, let alone gain meaningful experience with plain film radiography, computerised tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology.
KeywordsMedical education Radiology Training
Conflict of interest
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