Adult Radiology

Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging / Radiological Sciences

The Department of Radiology recognizes undergraduate student groups who wish to apply for observatory electives during their second year.

The Department of Radiology accepts all third year medical students for a one week Clerkship rotation.

The Department also recognizes undergraduate students in their fourth year who wish to apply for a two week elective.

No electives are offered to Y1 uOttawa students.

Year 2 uOttawa Students:

  • Y2 observatory elective requests must be submitted to the coordinator at the Diagnostic Imaging Undergraduate Education office by email, informing her of the area(s) of interest (MSK, Chest, Neuro and Abdominal imaging) and the preceptor of choice.
  • If the preceptor of choice is available, the student will be assigned to that preceptor. If not, then the coordinator will assign the student another preceptor in the same area of interest when possible.
  • The coordinator will then contact the preceptor and the student and advise them that they will be responsible for finding times to complete a ten or twenty hour observership over the next 6 months.
  • Please note that the observership will allow the student to shadow the preceptor during his/her hours of work but will NOT involve specific teaching. The purpose behind the observership is to give the student an idea of how the department works and what a radiologists day is like.
  • At the end of the observership, the student will have the Preceptor fill out the Y2 Observatory Elective Evaluation Form and hand it back to the coordinator. It is the students responsibility to have the internal Evaluation Form completed by the Preceptor and returned to the coordinator.
  • Student must register their elective in their CP account using Dr. Carolina Souza's name.
  • The Undergraduate Education Director will review the internal evaluation and fill/sign out the uOttawa Pre-Clerkship Elective form.
  • The completed uOttawa Pre-Clerkship Elective form is kept on file in the department; and scanned/emailed to the Electives Coordinator at the University of Ottawa with a copy to the student.

Objectives for Fourth Year Students :

  • To gain a basic understanding of how to look at images;
  • To gain an insight into the cost effective use of imaging resources in patient diagnosis and treatment;
  • To understand what patients experience during various radiological procedures including interventional work;
  • To gain insight into the practice of radiology as a possible career alternative.

Description :

The two week elective is designed for 4th year students. During this period, one student per site will spend time at either the Ottawa Hospital General or Civic campuses. The emphasis is on small group learning but will also  include some seminars, departmental rounds, one on one teaching (usually with a senior resident),  and witnessing various procedures.

There is exposure to ALL diagnostic imaging modalities by rotating through each subsection (Chest, Abdo, Neuro, MSK and Emergency)

Audiovisual materials, voice-over lectures and the medical student teaching file are available for learning purposes. The student will be expected to add two quality cases to our departmental teaching file which is an on-line library to which they will have access.

Undergraduate Director, Diagnostic Imaging: Dr. Carolina Souza

Pediatrics Diagnostic Imaging


  • To develop a working knowledge of the role that each medical imaging modality plays with respect to the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • To understand basic concepts of medical imaging science, instrumentation, and radiation safety, insofar as they relate to patient care decisions and to patient/ employee safety.
  • To gain an appreciation of how different examinations are performed, particularly with respect to preparing patients to undergo the examinations.
  • To gain knowledge of normal development and variations in pediatric imaging.
  • To learn basic principles of medical image interpretation relevant to one's future role as a practicing physician.


The Department of Diagnostic Imaging at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)/University of Ottawa offers electives for medical students according to our availability.

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is a free standing teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. The hospital has 165 beds and supports a full complement of Pediatric and Surgical subspecialties, including Neurosurgery and Cardiac Surgery. The hospital has an affiliated research institute (CHEO-RI) which supports both basic and clinical research activities throughout the institution.

Over 115,000 examinations per year are performed in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. Residents in both Diagnostic Imaging and Pediatrics rotate through the Department.  The Department has 12 pediatric radiologists on staff providing imaging services in all areas of pediatric imaging.

The Department has a very active emergency and clinical service with state-of-the-art imaging equipment.  There are two 1.5 Tesla MR Scanners, a 64-slice CT scanner, two state-of-the-art digital fluoroscopy rooms, digital Radiography, and six ultrasound units with Doppler and color flow imaging.  There are two nuclear medicine cameras with multi-planar SPECT capability and bone mineral densitometry.  The department is fully digital with an upgraded RIS driven integrated PACS and VR system.

Effective January 8, 2014, we will only be accepting a maximum of two 4th year medical students per academic year in our department. This change has been implemented in order to provide the trainee with a better educational experience during their elective. Please note that this change excludes those students who are already scheduled in our department. However, since we have had two 4th year medical students in our department, we have reached our quota for this academic year.

Location: CHEO
Duration: 2 weeks
No. of Students: 2 per academic year
Available for: 4th year medical students only

Clinical Radiation Oncology


To introduce the student to a multidisciplinary cancer care setting, with an emphasis on the role of radiotherapy in the curative management of cancer.


To introduce the student to the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care in a variety of tumour sites. Students will be involved in outpatient clinics only. They will become familiar with the staging and investigation of cancer and cancer-related problems, including intra-operative assessments and procedures. In addition, they will have the opportunity to be introduced to the "behind the scenes" treatment planning, simulation, and delivery of curative radiotherapy.

Director: Dr. Choan E
Location: The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
Duration: any duration to a maximum of 4 weeks
No. of Students: 2
Available for: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years 

Molecular Biology Cancer


To wet the appetite of students for basic research by exposing them to some aspects of basic research in cancer.


Through exposure to molecular biological techniques at the bench, research seminars, meetings and patient clinics, students will be given an overview of the field. One afternoon per week will be spent in the outpatient clinic, the remaining, 4 ½ days will be spent in the laboratory. The student will acquire a working knowledge of the common oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes identified as important in the pathogenesis of lung and colon cancer.

Director: M. McBurney
Location: Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
Duration: 4 - 6 weeks
Available for: 3rd and 4th year students 

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