Undergraduate Education Program

Welcome to Medical Imaging, Undergraduate Program

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Dr. Elsie Nguyen - Program Director

The major highlights for 2014-15 are:

  1. NEW NATIONAL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT: Developing a new medical imaging curriculum across all 4 medical school years to align with the medical school curricular changes. A Medical Imaging Core Curriculum for undergraduate medical education is in press to establish a national consensus across all Canadian medical schools.
  2. IMPROVEMENT OF ELECTRONIC LEARNING RESOURCES: Using the medical student blackboard portal, online learning material will be improved, uploaded and accessible to medical students throughout their medical school years. Medical students will have more opportunity to practice interpreting films that are at an appropriate level for medical students. Links to useful websites for additional learning will be posted. Mandatory self-assessment modules will be created on blackboard that will help us understand efficacy of our teaching methods, improvements with intervention and areas requiring future improvement. Blackboard will also be used to communicate information about course material with students and to allow them to provide us with feedback beyond standard evaluations of teachers.
  3. INCREASED ENGAGEMENT OF MEDICAL STUDENTS: Twitter account UofTRadiologyUME (@UTRadiologyUME) has been created to increase engagement of medical students. Updates on valuable learning opportunities in radiology will be tweeted by Dr. Elsie Nguyen as well as the case of the month to keep medical students engaged in image interpretation in order to keep up their skills throughout medical school and improve retention of knowledge.  




  • Innovative curriculum change with  PGY1 Radiology residents teaching Radiographic Anatomy to Year 1 medical students during anatomical dissections.
  • Practical approach to imaging the human body: Medical imaging seminars coinciding with specific organ dissection labs.

YEAR 2 (New integrated curriculum – Mechanism, Manifestation, Management of Disease (MMMD)

  • Integrated Multidisciplinary session on ‘Rectal Cancer’ – Dr. Josée Sarrazin along with GI Surgeon, Pathologist, and Oncologist providing the medical student a unique perspective of multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
  • Chest Seminar: Radiologists and Residents provided an interactive session to Year 2 medical students.
  • Imaging Trauma Patient: Radiologists and Residents provided an interactive session to Year 2 medical students.

YEAR 3:  Major changes in medical school curriculum

  • TRANSITION TO CLERKSHIP (TTC) Medical Imaging Seminar: A new program of preparing student to utilize medical Imaging resources effectively.
    • GENERAL SURGERY CORE ROTATION 1.5 hr small group session on “Imaging the Acute Surgical Patient” has been revised.
      • Academy Based Case Based Interactive session: Chest, Abdomen and Neuroradiology.

YEAR 4: Major changes in medical school curriculum

    • Major changes requiring medical students take their electives only during first 4 months of Year 4 (Pre CaRMS).
    • A new post CaRMS curriculum which prepares the medical student for their intended residency. Medical Imaging provides a variety of 3-4 week opportunities geared to the students’ specific Residency programs. There are organized lectures developed by Dr. Nasir Jaffer and colleagues to review important medical imaging concepts and knowledge for the 4th year medical students. These lectures have been very well received. We have added a new session on FAST scan and cardiac echo for the 4th year medical students. This session occurs in the afternoon of their day of didactic lectures. Also new is a “test your knowledge” module that the 4th year medical students complete at the end of their TTR medical imaging selective. This allows them to confirm that they possess the core knowledge respect to interpreting plain films of the chest, abdomen and extremities as well as head CT.
  • MEDICAL IMAGING FUSION LECTURES (Formerly Bruce Tovee Lectures):
    • This new interactive seminar using an audience response system was given to prepare Year 4 students for the LMCC examinations.


There are two types of formal Research Programs:

  • DETERMINANTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH (DOCH): This is time-based research in which several radiologists participated in research projects with Year 2 students.
  • COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS (CREMS): This jointly funded (Faculty of Medicine & Medical Imaging) Summer Research program involved Year 1 & 2 students conducting research with Radiologists – Medical Imaging has been actively involved for the past 3 years.


  • The New MAM campus opened September 2012 with a new cohort of 55 medical students.
  • The Radiologists at Credit Valley and Trillium Hospitals under the Medical Education Directorship of Dr. Mark Quigley will teach the medical students during their 4 undergraduate years.


  • To stimulate more interest in radiology among University of Toronto medical students, the Medical Imaging Interest Group (MIIG) was formed. MIIG is a student-run initiative that aims to increase medical student exposure to Medical Imaging, improve image interpretation skills, and enhance student-faculty relationships.
  • More than 80 medical students, faculty, and residents attended our annual “Medical Imaging Career Night” event at Hart House March 31st 2015. This “sold out” event allowed medical students to talk directly with faculty and residents from the Medical Imaging department in an informal and fun environment while dining on delicious food catered by Hart House. The evening also  featured a number of speakers, including Dr. Elsie Nguyen (Director of Medical Imaging Undergraduate Medical Education), Dr. Mark Quigley (Director of Medical Imaging Education at MAM), Dr. Eric Bartlett (Radiology Residency Program Director), Dr. Philip Mok (Chief Resident), Dr. Erin Wong (PGY1 in radiology residency). Prizes were given to the table who had the most correct answers to the medical imaging quiz. There was a great deal of interest in radiology as a career and it was a very fun and memorable night.


  • This new Program provides medical students exposure to radiology as a specialty. Selected medical students are paired with an appropriate supervisor from the Faculty of Medical Imaging. For medical students planning a residency in radiology, the Mentorship Program pairs them with an appropriate mentor. Dr. Mini Pakkal will oversee an improvement process to increase access for students and to enrich their observership experience to be more interactive.


  • Creation of the Association:
    • Our Undergraduate Committee initiated the creation of Canadian Association of Undergraduate Directors of Medical Imaging in 2011. The Committee of Undergraduate Directors of the 17 medical schools collaborate to exchange ideas and share resources. The meeting to finalize the national medical imaging curriculum for medical students took place on May 29, 2015, at the 2015 Joint Congress on Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in Montreal it is expected that the curriculum document will be ready in 2016.