• Externship Program


    The radiology externship was created to allow senior medical students further experience in the field of radiology as well as ease the burden of clerical work for the radiology residents on call. The radiology externship began with a pilot program in November 2006 and it has enabled the department to provide fast and accurate reads to the ETC and other clinicians.

    Without the frequent interruption, the residents on call are reading ETC and inpatient studies much faster than prior to the externship implementation. The Department of Radiology has received positive feedback from multiple clinical services regarding decreased turn around time for reports on advanced imaging as well as availability of the radiology resident to discuss cases in person without interruption. 


    Externs responsibilities include answering calls to the radiology on call pager and performing clerical work such as filling out forms and faxing documents. When a physician calls to order a study, the extern simply takes the information down and passes it on to the resident on call who protocols the study. If any additional information or discussion is needed, the resident calls the ordering physician to discuss the case further. It remains the radiology resident's responsibility to discuss cases and interpretations with the referring clinician. 

    Requirements and Commitment

    Third year medical students at the University of Iowa are invited to apply by downloading and completing our Externship Program Application. The externship is a year long commitment from March 1 through February 28. Twelve externs will be selected to allow for flexibility in coverage schedules while they rotate through their medical school clinical responsibilities and the fourth year interview season. Externs work hours include weekdays 5p-10p and weekends and holidays 9a-7p. Two chief externs will be elected who will coordinate the schedule to allow for 365 day coverage. 


    Externs will receive unmatched experience in the field of radiology during medical school. Hopefully this will allow our externs to pique their interest in radiology and understand how the department operates. Radiology externs will receive a modest stipend direct deposited monthly regardless of work hours completed the prior month. It remains the responsibility of the chief externs to keep a schedule that is fair to all externs in terms of equal call hours at the end of the year. 


    January 28, 2016
    Information meeting for M3s (Franken Conference Rm, 3567 JCP)

    February 1, 2016
    Application deadline

    February 2016 (TBD)
    Information meeting for new externs (Franken Conference Rm, 3567 JCP)
    Election of chief externs

    February 2016 (TBD)
    Shadowing with current externs will occur in the 3rd and 4th weeks of month

    March 2, 2016
    First day of work


    Extern Handbook (intranet pdf)
    Extern Worksheet (intranet pdf)
    Smartweb Call Calendar (intranet) 


    Mark VanTassell, MD, Chief Resident
    Michaelangelo Fuortes, MD, Assistant Chief Resident
    Joel Dennhardt, MD, Assistant Chief Resident
    UIHC Department of Radiology
    3960 JPP
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242

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