A Narrative Review on Quality Improvements for Radiology Clerkships from Medical Student





Radiology, Clerkship, Medical student, Quality improvement, Diagnostic imaging, Radiologists' training, Radiology education, Curriculum structure, Educational practices, Challenges in clerkships, Medical student perceptions, Likert scale, Interventional methods, Virtual options, Flipped classroom, Interactive workstations, Simulators, COVID-19 pandemic, Traditional didactic format, Barriers to improvement, Review articles, Prospective cohort studies, Observational studies, Case studies


Radiology clerkships have the potential to give medical students a better appreciation of a radiologist’s responsibilities toward patient care while raising interest and improving student confidence in diagnostic imaging skills.  Unfortunately, many radiology clerkships across the US have developed a reputation for being unorganized and unengaging. This narrative review is focused on summarizing various clerkship practices performed across the US that have been well received by students, as well as specific weaknesses of the traditional clerkship format from the student perspective, with the aim of effective approaches to revamping electives to showcase the realities of the specialty while also attracting bright and motivated students. This narrative review examined 28 studies that gathered survey responses from medical students who completed radiology clerkships to determine their perceptions towards the clerkship. Major findings to be discussed in detail include weaknesses with the traditional format related to passive learning through observing, unclear expectations for medical students, and certain challenges that clerkship directors may face while attempting to implement changes to their clerkship. This narrative review will also discuss specific well-received practices involving more active learning, including interactive workstations, interactive simulators, flipped classrooms, case banks, and online learning modules.


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PRISMA Flowchart Demonstrating the Selection Process During the Literature Search: A Narrative Review on Quality Improvements for Radiology Clerkships from Medical Student



How to Cite

Chen, S., & Kumaran, M. (2023). A Narrative Review on Quality Improvements for Radiology Clerkships from Medical Student. International Journal of Medical Students, 11(4), 312–320. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2023.1987