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Undergraduate electives

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Taking an elective is a great way to get diagnostic radiology experience in your Med I, II, III and IV years.

Since diagnostic radiology is not a mandatory clerkship rotation at Dalhousie, students who choose to take electives in this field will greatly benefit from gaining exposure to diagnostics.

Med I and II

The general goal at this level of training is to expose you to the different kinds of diagnostic imaging we use while caring for patients. We also aim to help you build practical experience in anatomy and imaging.

Although these electives are normally only offered for one term, you can request two terms if you're interested in a particular area or project.

You'll be paired with a primary mentor in a specific area of imaging, but you'll also rotate through other areas throughout the elective. Depending on your mentor, your experience may include:

  • research projects
  • case studies 
  • collating cases for a teaching file

Med III and IV

During your last two years, you'll determine your own objectives while exploring diagnostic imaging as a possible career path.

These electives are typically two weeks in length. You will be assigned an elective schedule with half days in our various clinical sections, with the aim of allowing you to meet our faculty and residents and to experience what residency training is like at Dalhousie Diagnostic Radiology. This varied elective will allow you to learn more about the role of Diagnostic Imaging in the health care system and to experience the breadth of the specialty.

During this time, you will build experience in the full scope of investigations and modalities we offer. You'll spend half-days with radiologists, fellows and residents as they carry out their usual clinical practice.

You'll also learn:

  • the role of imaging in the care of patients
  • the appropriateness of various investigations
  • the limitations and complications related to imaging modalities and radiologic procedures
  • the anatomic correlations with disease processes and investigations

Find out how to apply.