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Radiology primer: A novel radiology course for undecided medical students

  • Author(s): Benedetti, NJ
  • Naeger, DM
  • Webb, EM
  • et al.

© 2014 American College of Radiology. We developed a new careerdecision-focused course that is novel in several ways: The objectives and activities were focused solely on providing information about the training of and careers of radiologists. As such, it included unique teaching experiences that we intentionally do not include in our general radiology elective for future ordering providers. Our rationale behind these choices is highlighted in Table 3. It was scheduled early in the clinical years (ie, the middle of the third year). Overall, the students were very satisfied with their experience in the Radiology Primer course and felt that they obtained sufficient information to make a career decision. Although we do not expect all institutions to have exactly the same curricular structure or timing flexibility to address these problems in an identical manner, these challenges are common, and a range of similar solutions may be used at various institutions.

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