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Medical Students

The Department of radiology provides many opportunities for medical students to explore the field of radiology in the setting of clinical practice. We hope to help you gain the knowledge about the field of radiology and its future, and to encourage you to consider radiology as a career choice.

For more information contact our program director: Dr. Matthew Niemeyer (

For medical student research, contact: Ron C. Gaba, MD, MS, FSIR (

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The goal is to provide medical students the opportunity to shadow radiologists in various Divisions of the Department of Radiology at UI Health and explore the field of Radiology in the setting of clinical practice.

Students will closely observe the diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures, gain first-hand experience of how the Radiology Department operates and how radiologists interact with patients and other physicians as an integral part of the health care team.

Experiences include observations in the following sections:

  • General Radiology and Fluoroscopy
  • Body CT
  • Neuro MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Interventional Radiology(IR)


  • Wednesday and Thursday, 7:45 am to 12:00 pm – IR
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – all other sections

University of Illinois Hospital

1740 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612
General Radiology: room 2511/2512
Fluoroscopy: room 2511
Body CT: room 2429
Ultrasound: room 2705
Interventional Radiology: IR control area, room 2471-2479

Specific instruction for IR: On your assigned day, please arrive at the IR suite by 7:45 am and introduce yourself to the attendings/trainees in the work room. They will help you find scrubs and a lead apron so you can observe cases. Try to discuss any case you are observing with the fellow/resident/attending prior to the start so you can get the most out of your experience. Feel free to ask questions!

UI Health Outpatient Care Center

1801W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612
Neuro MRI: Suite 1A room 1175
If you need assistance, drop into the Radiology check-in area (Room 2600), and they will be able to direct you.


  • Professional attire, white coat, and university/hospital ID at all times.
  • Please introduce yourself to the team in the reading room/work area.
  • After your shadowing day, you will be asked to fill out an online survey to help improve the program.

Contact: For questions regarding shadowing: Dr. Karen Xie (