Radiology (Preclinical Years)
The preclinical years of medical school are important for students considering a career in radiology.
With so many highly qualified applicants to choose among, radiology residency programs also look for involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and research. According to the 2016 NRMP Program Director Survey:
Leadership qualities are cited by 63% of programs as a factor used to make interview decisions.
Demonstrated involvement or interest in research is cited by 65% as a factor used to make interview decisions.
Volunteer/extracurricular activities are cited by 41% of programs as a factor used to make interview decisions.
The preclinical years are an excellent time to build these credentials.
3 Ways To Build Your Credentials In Radiology As a Preclinical Student
1 The Radiologic Society of North America sponsors the Research Medical Student Grant, which provides support for a research project. Applicants must be students at an accredited North American medical school, and perform research for a minimum of 10 weeks.
2 The Society for Interventional Radiology has created the Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant to provide funding for a summer research project in an area important to the advancement of interventional radiology.
3 Many schools have established radiology student interest groups, and you can learn more about the specialty through involvement. If your school doesn't have a group, you may choose to start one. An excellent resource to help you create a new group or enhance an existing one was recently published in the journal Academic Radiology.
For more information on how to stand out in Radiology as a preclinical student, turn to our book Success in Medical School: Insider Advice for the Preclinical Years.