Ryan Morrison, BS, and Tina Chatterjee, BS, members of the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Medical Student Subcommittee and moderators of the 2022 ACR Medical Student Symposium, contributed this post.

The first few years of medical school involve minimal radiology exposure, and those interested in the field may find it difficult to become involved in radiology-related activities. There are several ways a student can get involved, including being a part of their school’s Radiology Interest Group to find out about new activities and events that provide students with more radiology exposure. Medical students can also become free members of the ACR to stay updated on all the activities of the ACR RFS and RFS Medical Student Subcommittee.

This year, the Medical Student Subcommittee is excited to host the second annual ACR Medical Student Symposium on Jan. 22, 2022 from noon to 5 pm ET. The virtual symposium will include talks from internationally renowned leaders in various radiology subspecialties, program directors on how to match into radiology residencies, and radiologists passionate about the topics of women in radiology and diversity and inclusion in radiology.

Last year's inaugural event was a tremendous success with more than 300 attendees across the globe, and we plan to make this year’s event even bigger and better! Based on feedback from last year’s event, our goal is to make this year’s symposium more interactive with attendees. We have speakers lined up to highlight subspecialties including neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, general radiology, breast radiology, cardiothoracic radiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, women in radiology, diversity and inclusion in radiology, and artificial intelligence in radiology. We have created a live interactive Q&A session with the speakers at the conclusion of the talks.

In addition, medical students will have the opportunity to participate in the symposium by presenting a radiology case based on the theme of “COVID-19: Unique Findings & Manifestations.” Three cases will be selected to be presented on the day of the symposium and will be presented with an award from a medical student educational subscription service. Finally, we will conclude the day with an interactive Virtual Escape Room, which is a fun and gamified learning environment where each participant will work with other students to learn about radiology.

We hope this symposium encourages fellow medical students to explore radiology by exposing them to a wide range of career possibilities within the field. We are beyond excited to host the event again this year and cannot wait to see you in January! Visit acr.org to find out more about the event and complete your registration.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter at @ryanmorrison193 and @tinachatterje3, and share your excitement about the 2022 ACR Medical Student Symposium using our hashtag #ACRMedSymposium. We hope to see you there!

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