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Introducing Radiology to First Year Medical Students: Tips for Educators

Published:January 10, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2021.12.009
      One of the greatest privileges in academic medicine is the opportunity to introduce your field, the specialty to which you have dedicated your life, to first-year medical students. For radiology educators, that opportunity often occurs within the first few weeks of the start of medical school, a time equally filled with excitement, and uncertainty. First-year students come into medical school with a breadth of knowledge about various topics, but rarely is a student familiar with the true nature of radiology. As the lecturer in charge of this presentation, one holds a responsibility not only to the students, but to all present, and future radiologists. While some students will ultimately go on to pursue radiology, most will not. The vast majority will become the physicians’ ordering studies and requesting consultations daily. It is of utmost importance that these students learn the scope of radiology and appreciate its role in the diagnosis and management of a wide array of pathologies.

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