Undergraduate Curriculum

The 4-Year Medical Imaging Curriculum 
for Undergraduate Medical Education

Year 1: Structure and Function
Year 2: Mechanism, Manifestion & Management of Disease (MMMD)
Year 3: Clerkship
Year 4: Electives & Transistion to Residency

Year I: Structure and Function

Dr. Elsie Nguyen - Year 1 Coordinator
Dr. Linda Probyn, Dr. Elsie Nguyen, & Dr. Robert Bleakney - PGY1 Resident Anatomy Coordinators
Anatomy/Radiology Seminars & PGY1 Medical Imaging Residents Dissection Lab Teaching Assistants

The students receive formal interactive seminars in Introduction to Imaging and the following one-hour Normal Radiology anatomy seminars: Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Head & Neck.

Dissection Labs 
The PGY1 Medical Imaging residents, during their one month on Gross Anatomy Rotation (September & October), provide small group teaching on normal radiographic anatomy to medical students in Dissection Labs.

Year II: Mechanism, Manifestation & Management of Disease (MMMD) 

Dr. Josée Sarrazin, Coordinator

The new Year 2 medical school curriculum is systems/diseases and takes an integrated multidisciplinary format where medical imaging plays an important role. Medical imaging curriculum is subdivided into small group interactive Seminars and Integrated Multidisciplinary sessions.

A) Seminars

Respirology Week - Dr. Taebong Chung 

Imaging the Chest Session 1: This full class session introduces the normal radiographic anatomy, basic signs of disease and a basic approach to interpretation of CXR.

Imaging the Chest Session 2: This small group interactive two-hour session reviews normal radiographic anatomy, basic signs of disease, basic approach to interpretation of CXR and engages the student to interpret the abnormal CXR with clinical history. These sessions are taught by radiologists and senior radiology residents.

Oncology Week - Dr. Caitlin McGregor 

Imaging the Oncologic Patient: This full class two-hour session introduces the normal radiographic anatomy, basic signs of disease and a basic approach in utility of multiple imaging modalities for diagnosing one male and one female cancer.

Trauma Week - Dr. Taebong Chung, Dr. Robert Bleakney & Dr. Elsie Nguyen

Imaging the Trauma patient: This full class two-hour session introduces the normal radiographic anatomy, basic signs of disease and a basic approach to interpretation of imaging studies on various types of imaging used in the assessment of a multi organ trauma patient.

B) Integrated Multidisciplinary Sessions

Dr. Josée Sarrazin - Coordinator

These new multidisciplinary integrated seminars were developed to teach the medical student the multidisciplinary approach with integration of imaging into the different areas for disease investigation, staging and evaluating response to treatment of disease by educating students on the appropriate and cost effective use of imaging modalities. These sessions covering many of the 2nd year curriculum subjects, will be conducted in conjunction with multidisciplinary clinicians.

Year 3: Clerkship

Dr. Elsie Nguyen, Coordinator

The new Medical school curriculum provides an entire Clerkship experience in all clinical specialities within core rotations during this academic year. Medical imaging plays a critical role in preparing the student during their clerkship year with seminars on Appropriateness Guidelines for Imaging Studies and providing interactive seminars on Imaging the Medical Patient and Imaging the Surgical Patient.

Teaching Sessions

1: APPROPRIATENESS GUIDELINES SEMINAR (Dr. Andrea Donovan): This is a two-hour interactive seminar where students are taught the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness guidelines for all types of imaging studies used in clinical medicine for patient care. 


A) Imaging the Medical Patient: These one-hour small group interactive seminars are held separately at the Four Academies in the following disciplines:

  1. CHEST: CLINICAL CASE BASED (two sessions)

B) Imaging the Surgical Patient: The medical students from all Academies participate in an interactive two-hour seminar on clinical case based seminars. These clinical case-based sessions are based on topics from the Surgical Clerkship Curriculum.

Year 4: Electives & Transition to Residency

The new final year medical school curriculum comprises formal Electives (September to December) and Transition to Residency program (TTR - January to April).