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J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 Jun;10(6):442-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2012.09.023. Epub 2013 Mar 15.

Reading room electives: say goodbye to the "radi-holiday".

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  • 1Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143-0628, USA.


Reading room electives are among the most challenging curricula to develop for medical student educators. Students tend to have few responsibilities and poorly defined learning objectives. The authors review the components of a successful reading room elective. The important components include a thorough orientation, written goals and expectations, attendance and feedback systems, objective mid-elective and end-of-elective evaluations, and an end-of-elective debriefing session. Many educational activities, tools, and assessments are available and should be considered to supplement the curriculum. Radiology electives must break free of the "radi-holiday" stereotype and adopt increased responsibilities and expectations, similar to rigorous clinical subinternships.

Copyright © 2013 American College of Radiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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