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For Elective Students

Elective Courses

All electives incorporate a "flipped classroom" approach which aligns with the guideline principles of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This includes active learning components with the following:

  • Interactive anatomy sessions
  • Question-based case conferences
  • Radiology staff
  • Resident lectures

There are ample opportunities for time in the reading rooms, interventional cases and medical student-driven case presentations.

Mentoring Elective Experiences

Medical students applying to a Diagnostic or Interventional Radiology Residency may indicate preferences for additional experiences to get to know our residents and faculty for recruitment purposes. We have implemented a medical student mentoring program with select faculty throughout the department. Students matched with these mentors will be assigned to reading rooms based on those faculty in order to get more face time with faculty.

For medical students pursuing other specialty careers, more time may be arranged in the reading rooms that relate to your specialty of choice. As an example, if you are pursuing neurosurgery or neurology, more of your elective will be spent in the neuroradiology reading rooms with the neuroradiology elective.

About Our Curriculum

For all our Department of Radiology medical school electives, we have standardized assignments and quizzes utilized for grading. There are two quizzes for a four-week elective (or one quiz for a two-week elective). Students are also expected to complete at least one case presentation about an interesting imaging study reviewed during the elective. Please see the linked documents below for further details:

The final grade will be a combination of the weekly quizzes, case reports and conference attendance.

  • Quiz One – 40 points (weeks one and two)
  • Quiz Two – 40 points (weeks three and four)
  • Case Presentation – 15 points
  • Aquifer Cases – 20 points
  • Attendance – 20 points
  • Forms – 15 points

Final Grade

  • Honors 95-100 percent (142 points or greater)
  • Commendable 81-94 percent (120-141 points)
  • Satisfactory 71-80 percent (105-119 points)
  • Unsatisfactory <70 percent (104 points or less)

Borderline grades can be raised based on the End of Rotation Assessment.