Radiology Medical Student Program at Maricopa Medical Center

Medical Student Radiology Electives

Contact Information:

Student & Residency Program Coordinator: Stephanie Putman

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The radiology 4th year student rotations at Maricopa Medical Center are 4 weeks in duration and they are offered throughout the academic year. Students will be working closely each day from Monday - Friday with an assigned resident while they work at a reading station and assist with procedures during their rotation modality with a supervising faculty member. Most of our radiology department is located on the first floor of the main hospital and we have 3 reading rooms that residents and faculty work in together.

Students receive a daily meal allowance to be used in the cafeteria or coffee cart. There is close and free parking on campus. There is a medical library open 24 hours for all medical students and residents to use. Students rotating in radiology are also given access to use the secure radiology resident room with computer stations and lockers. Radiology text books can also be loaned to any interested students for use during their rotation.

General Rotation Expectations

  • Attend our medical student conferences. The students meet twice a week with a faculty member at a reading station for a one hour students only review of a specific modality such as Body, IR, Neuro, MSK, Ultrasound. Pediatrics, etc.
  • We ask students to also attend the resident conferences which are usually held daily for one hour at 7:30 am and Noon and then on Wednesday for an academic block from Noon - 4pm. These will include interdisciplinary conferences such as Neuro Rad Path, Limb Salvage and Tumor Boards.
  • Your average day will start at 7:30am and end with a daily readout session with staff, residents and  faculty between 3-4pm. There is no overnight and weekend call coverage for medical students.
  • Present an interesting radiology-related topic/case of your choice at the end of your rotation (15-20 minutes in length). This power point presentation is usually presented at noon conference during the last week of your rotation.
  • You will be predominately in the reading rooms but may help with procedures throughout the day as assigned in your modality. Hospital scrubs will be provided to students by accessing the Scrub-X machines.
  • Our faculty members and residents operate in a close and collegial setting. While everyone will receive a solid foundation of basic radiology principles, if there are areas or any specific training you would like to experience we are happy to customize and tailor the learning experience to the student.


We accept visiting students through VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service). Our application season begins each year in February and continues throughout the year. Once a rotation is full we will mark them as closed. A 60-day minimum approval period is required. Students who are not able to access VSAS can contact the MMC Radiology program office at 602-344-1532 and inquire about completing an application and providing requested documents for submission and approval on an individual basis.



DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY--Faculty Course Director: Dr. Mary J. Connell


Students will be introduced to diagnostic imaging techniques and procedures and to clinical decision making when utilizing radiology.


1. Learn and describe basic normal anatomic features and variants; radiological anatomy.

2. Learn and describe indications and contraindications for imaging exams.

3. Learn and describe the interaction of radiation with biologic systems and learn/demonstrate radiation safety.


Your time will be split between services, spending a few days at a time on each service which will include: Body Imaging, Chest, Ultrasound, Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging. Time may also be spent in Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Fluoro and Pediatrics depending on availability and the student's interests.

NEURORADIOLOGY—Faculty Course Director: Dr. Poya Hedayati


To learn basic principles behind Image acquisition and interpretation of x-ray, CT scan and MRI in neuro imaging.


1. Learn and describe the indications and contraindications for diagnostic imaging procedures in neurology and neurosurgery patients.

2. Learn and describe imaging appearances of the brain and spine in patients with traumatic injuries, infections, malignancy, congenital anomalies, inflammatory conditions, and hydrocephalus.

3. Learn and describe the basis behind interventional procedures of the brain and spine.



Medical students will follow and learn from current radiology residents and faculty. The rotation will take place in the newly remodeled MRI suites and the  Radiology department at the Maricopa Medical Center on the first floor. Students will assist in procedures and attend daily readout sessions with staff and residents.


INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY—Faculty Course Director: Dr. Michael Switzer


Establish a foundation of understanding of how diagnostic imaging is used to guide minimally invasive procedures in patient care.


1. Describe the indications and contraindications for interventional procedures.
2. Describe the differences in CT, fluoroscopy, and US in guiding interventional procedures.
3. Demonstrate how to perform informed consent with patients and their families.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of pre-and post-operative management of patients undergoing image-guided interventional procedures.


While on rotation students will participate in the management of patients referred for minimally-invasive treatments of a variety of conditions, including peripheral vascular disease, uterine fibroids, deep vein thrombosis, venous access, and cancer. Students will follow patients longitudinally while participating in the initial consultation for referred inpatients and outpatients; scrubbing in and observing the technical aspects of image-guided therapies; following up with patients during post-procedure observations.


 Recommended References

  • Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology (available to borrow from the department)

  • Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics by William Herring (available to borrow from the department)


  • (free neuroradiology atlas)

  • (free musculoskeletal atlas)