chicago radiology

inpatient/outpatient externship

in radiology

Specialty: Radiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 67


Where will this rotation take place: This diagnostic radiology rotation will take place 30 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois in an outpatient center. This experience is considered a combined inpatient and outpatient rotation because you will be reading and interpreting images from different hospitals across the country.


Hours: Varies per week but includes 2 weeks of nights (5 PM to 3 AM) and 2 weeks of days (see below)


What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a board-certified radiologist and serve as an important member of his team. He has created an optimal environment for IMGs and other learners to gain proficiency in ordering and interpreting imaging studies. This will be an incredibly interactive experience in which you will not be simply observing. Therefore this is not a shadowing observership but rather an experience during which you will be actively involved with the preceptor. Your four-week rotation will be divided as follows:

First Week

You will read and interpret images from 5 PM to 3 AM Monday through Sunday. Initially, you will be exposed to the basics with a focus on understanding human anatomy and pathology through imaging. You will gain a deeper knowledge of different imaging modalities, and the appropriate use of these modalities in specific clinical situations. You will train on PACS. You will be expected to solidify what you see and learn by focused reading in the text - Getting Started in Clinical Radiology: From Image to Diagnosis. 

Second Week

This week will involve further reading of your radiology text, and the selection of a topic to present at the end of the rotation to the entire group. IMGs will have the opportunity to choose potential topics based on their interest but the topic must be approved by the physician preceptor. Once the topic has been chosen, the IMG will work to research the topic, identify content for inclusion in the presentation, and develop the 15-20 minute presentation. For those who are interested, there may be opportunities to work on projects to benefit the practice. At the end of the second week, the preceptor will provide mid-rotation feedback and offer suggestions for improvement so that learners may make the most of the available opportunities during the final two weeks.

Third Week

You will read and interpret images from 5 PM to 3 AM Monday through Sunday. With  increased knowledge and confidence, you may be in position to take on increasing responsibility for image interpretation, especially of basic studies. Past learners have had opportunities to contact ordering clinicians to personally share critical test results, an excellent way to develop vital communication skills. 

Fourth Week

During this final week of the rotation, you will put the finishing touches on your presentation. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking experience in radiology. Although ideal for those interested in pursuing radiology as a career, this is a rotation that has benefit for all specialties since imaging plays such a vital role in the evaluation and management of patients. 


Will a letter of recommendation be offered: Yes, assuming that the IMG meets the expectations of the rotation. Dr. Desai will provide the physician with guidelines which will improve the quality of the letter. In some cases, the preceptor may ask the rotator to write a letter of recommendation draft. 


During the rotation: Our team will be checking in periodically with you to ensure that you are having an optimal experience. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions during the rotation.

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Vicki Marx (Program Director of the Radiology Residency Program at USC Keck School of Medicine) about How to Match Successfully in Radiology

Wondering how to do well during your radiology rotation? Read Dr. Desai's article - How to Succeed in Your Radiology Rotation 


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Last updated: January 10, 2020


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