best medical schools for radiology

Best 10 Medical Schools for Radiology

The competitiveness of diagnostic radiology residencies is on the rise and if this is a field you might be interested in pursuing, you should know that hiring is on the rise for this specialty. Radiologists are doctors who evaluate medical images, such as MRIs and X-rays, and determine what kind of treatment a patient will need. According to U.S. News & World Report, these are the best medical schools for radiology. A Diagnostic Radiology Residency lasts five years: one year in a preliminary medicine, transitional year, or preliminary surgery program then four years in radiology at the same or different institution. Advanced programs, which are the most common will have residents start at PGY 2 and apply to PGY 1 year separately. There are more than 200 PGY 2 programs in radiology available. Of the 1,000 US seniors who applied in 2018 match, 683 found their match.

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10. NYU

During your clerkship year at NYU, two four-week blocks are dedicated to selective and elective rotations, which allow you to customize your education based on your professional interests. Selective and elective areas of study include radiology, as well as geriatric and palliative care, healthcare policy, global health, and more. The 2018 match saw at least 2 NYU seniors head into radiology residencies. NYU’s class of 118 students has some of the strongest median GPAs and MCAT scores around at 3.92 and 521. NYU School of Medicine offers full-tuition scholarships to all current students and future matriculated students in the MD degree program, regardless of merit or financial need, provided they maintain satisfactory academic progress.

With median GPA and MCAT score of 3.88 and 518 for its entering class of 177, Michigan saw nine of its 2018 seniors match into radiology residencies. The Michigan Radiology Interest Group (MRIG) coordinates “case based” introduction to radiology and ultrasound lectures. The department has also coordinated six electives for second-year Michigan medical students: Emergency Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Women’s Imaging, Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology, and Ultrasound. By introducing the importance of radiology early in their medical student experience students learn to appreciate the importance of the radiologist and the large role they play in patient care.

Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons exposes medical students to the study and practice of radiology in a number of ways. In their third year, students can choose to take specialized one-week courses in radiation and/or radiation oncology, and they can participate in a 4-week elective clerkship in global health radiology. In their fourth year, medical students can choose from 5 different radiology electives. In 2019, 9 VP&S students matched with radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and interventional radiology residencies. There are 620 total medical students, and the incoming class of 2019 had a median undergraduate GPA of 3.85 and a median MCAT score of 520. 

Students accepted into Stanford’s elite class of 100 matriculants have elite scores to match, 3.86 median GPA and 519 median MCAT score. Four matched into radiology residencies in 2018. The Department of Radiology at Stanford offers several elective clerkships designed to familiarize students with the interpretation of medical images and nuclear medicine studies, as well as to provide opportunities for observation and research in various subspecialty areas of radiology, including a Pediatric Radiology Clerkship. You will be exposed to all radiologic imaging modalities including MRI, CT, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and plain radiography and will have the unique opportunity to participate in perinatal imaging including prenatal ultrasound and fetal MRI.

Match Day sent 8 Duke seniors into various radiology residencies. The MD program, located in Durham, North Carolina, attracts applicants from close to 40 states and draws 7,000 applications for its 116 seats. Class median stats are a median GPA of 3.88 and median MCAT score of 519. Students follow a four-week Clinical Core Clerkship in radiology in their second year, giving them plenty of time and additional opportunities for clerkship before choosing whether to pursue a radiology residency. Students also have an opportunity to further deepen their interest in radiology with electives such as Breast Imaging and Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

The Midwest institution is a top-ranked medical school with one of the highest median GPAs and MCAT scores, 3.91 and 521 (a 99th percentile score). In the 2018 residency match, three WashU students matched into radiology residencies. The Edward Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (more commonly known as Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology or MIR) serves as the Department of Radiology for Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Several radiology electives are offered to WashU students, including a four-week general radiology clerkship and more advanced options such as thoracic imaging.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most competitive schools in the US with GPA and MCAT medians of 3.88 and 520 respectively. There are several opportunities for radiology electives, including Breast Imaging, Cardiovascular Imaging, Gastrointestinal Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric Radiology, and Vascular and Interventional Radiology. There is an additional elective that focuses on women’s imaging with an emphasis on breast imaging as well as imaging of the female pelvis. The elective allows students the opportunity to be exposed to radiologic procedures and image interpretation. During the rotation, the student observes the daily schedule in the Women’s Imaging Center, including digital mammography, tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and minimally invasive image-guided procedures. There are opportunities to participate in clinical research. In the 2018 match, five Perelman students matched into various radiology residencies.
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Radiology is integrated into all of the components of the core medical school curriculum at UCSF that spans the first two years of medical school. In conjunction with gross anatomy, radiologic anatomy and the applications of radiology are taught during the Prologue, Cardiopulmonary, Renal, Cancer: Bench to Bedside, Brain, Mind & Behavior, Metabolism & Nutrition and Life Cycle courses. Radiology electives are offered in every year, including more specialized radiology electives in third and fourth years, with an opportunity to do research. UCSF’s 2018 entering class median GPA and MCAT scores were 3.85 and 517. The school received more than 7,700 applications and boasts a focus on admitting students traditionally underrepresented in medicine.
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In 2018, 4 Johns Hopkins seniors matched into radiology residencies. The prestigious MD program’s competitive students came in with high scores—the median GPA is 3.92, median MCAT is 520, and the school offered admission to just 262 of 6,300 applicants, of which 118 attended. The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Hopkins offers a one-month basic medical student clinical elective, the most popular elective in the School of Medicine for the past 10 years. It introduces students to imaging both as potential future consultants and future residents. Students spend one or two half days per week in various divisions seeing how studies are obtained, how patient care is delivered and attending readouts and teaching sessions. The basic elective course emphasizes not only the usual basics of interpretation and identifying urgent or life-threatening findings but also focuses on appropriate medical language and comportment, interview skills, and more. Students who want a more advanced or subspecialized experience can choose a radiology subspecialty observership, a second month on interventional radiology, pediatrics, musculoskeletal or with a specific mentor/faculty. Second months usually involve research opportunities.

A whopping 13 of Harvard Medical School’s 2018 match participants chose to continue their specializations with radiology residencies. The radiology clerkship through Massachusetts General Hospital is designed to teach fundamentals of diagnostic image interpretation and clinical indications for imaging examinations and special procedures and is required for third-year HMS students. This radiology clerkship is formally structured with didactic lectures, problem-based learning exercises, programmed audio-visual teaching seminars, tutorials, conferences, observation of film interpretation and observation of special procedures. Students are introduced to digital imaging and the management, storage and presentation of electronic radiologic images. The Harvard Med entering class of 165 students was made up of close to 60% women and matriculants have a median GPA of 3.92 and a median MCAT score of 519.
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