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Top Schools With Radiology Programs

by Douglas Matus, studioD

Radiologists, medical specialists who employ and analyze a variety of imaging technologies, assist other health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries. Like all licensed medical doctors, radiologists must attend medical school, pass a licensing exam and complete a residency. Four of the top five universities chosen by academics in the 2013 “U.S. News & World Report” overall rankings have dedicated radiology programs within esteemed medical schools.

Yale University

Yale University, the “U.S. News & World Report” 2013 third best overall school and 2014 seventh best for medical research, features the Department of Diagnostic Radiology within the Yale School of Medicine, which won the sixth highest rating in the 2013 QS World University rankings for medical schools. This highly regarded radiology program features imaging instruction in patient care and diagnosis, bio-imaging scientific research and image guided therapy. Yale hosted the United States’ first successful X-rays in 1898, and this tradition of innovation continues at the radiology program’s advanced facilities, which include an intraoperative OR/IR/MRI suite.

Columbia University

The fourth best overall university in “U.S. News & World Report’s” 2013 rankings went to Columbia University, which also has the 2014 “U.S. News & World Report” eighth best medical research program and 14th best medical program in the 2013 QS World University rankings. The Department of Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center offers a full range of radiological instruction over four facilities, with programs in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and nuclear medicine. Students in this program can participate in a range of NIH-funded research projects at state-of-the-art labs like David A. Gardner PET Research Center, Columbia’s Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratories and the Cerebrovascular Center of the Neurological Institute.

Stanford University

“U.S. News & World Report” chose Stanford as its 2013 fifth best overall school and 2014 eighth best school for medical research. Stanford also placed as the fifth best medical school in the 2013 QS World University rankings. The Department of Radiology at Stanford’s School of Medicine sits at the forefront of developments in the radiological detection of cancer, with emphases on nanotechnology, molecular imaging and systems biology. Students at Stanford benefit from a patient-centric approach that positions future radiologists as visible and active members of patients’ healthcare teams. Students can specialize in three sections, or choose an interdisciplinary focus among radiological sciences, molecular imaging and information sciences in imaging.

The University of Chicago

“U.S. News & World Report” chose University of Chicago as its 2013 fifth best school overall and 2014 eighth best medical research school. University of Chicago was additionally ranked 30th among international medical schools in the 2013 QS World University rankings. The Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center has advanced clinical facilities in computed tomography, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic and interventional radiology. Students can choose to pursue a variable graduate program in medical physics, which has a physics of diagnostic radiology component and options for a Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, or postdoctoral training.

About the Author

Douglas Matus is the travel writer for "West Fort Worth Lifestyle" magazine, and spent four years as the Director of Humanities for a college-prep school in Austin. Since 2005, he has published articles on education, travel and culture in such publications as "Nexus," "People's World" and "USA Today." Matus received an Education Pioneers fellowship in 2010 and an MFA from CalArts in 2011.

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