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Can Assoc Radiol J. 2017 Aug;68(3):249-256. doi: 10.1016/j.carj.2016.10.004. Epub 2017 May 11.

Radiology Exposure in the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Medical Student Perspective on Quality and Opportunities for Positive Change.

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Department of Medical Imaging, London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address:
Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Department of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, Ontario, Canada.
Department of Medical Imaging, London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada.



This article is a continuation of a qualitative study designed to explore how radiology exposures can impact medical student opinions and perceptions of radiology and radiologists. We focused on: 1) conducting a radiology exposure inventory from the perspective of the medical student; 2) student evaluation of the quality of the radiology exposures and suggestions for positive change; and 3) development of a framework to address the needs of medical students as it relates to radiology education in the undergraduate medical curriculum.


Research methodology and design for this qualitative study were described in detail in a previous article by Visscher et al [1].


Participants included 28 medical students; 18 were in medical school years 1 and 2 (preclerkship), and 10 were in years 3 and 4 (clerkship). Specific to the focus of this article, the data revealed 3 major findings: 1) multiple exposures to radiology exist, and they are received and valued differently depending on the medical student's stage of professional development; 2) medical students value radiology education and want their radiology exposure to be comprehensive and high quality; 3) Medical students have constructive suggestions for improving the quality of both formal and informal radiology exposures.


Performing a radiology exposure inventory from a medical student perspective is a useful way to explore how students receive and value radiology instruction. Medical students want a more comprehensive radiology education that can be summarized using the 5 C's of Radiology Education framework. The 5 C's (curriculum, coaching, collaborating, career and commitment) reflect medical students' desires to learn content that will support them in clinical practice, be supported in their professional development, and have the necessary information to make informed career decisions.


Education; Medical students; Qualitative research; Radiology and radiologists; Undergraduate medical education

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