Visiting Programs

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The Department of Radiology offers a variety of visitor programs to address a range of scholarship needs. Opportunities are available for Visiting Resident Electives, Visiting Scholar Programs, Visiting Graduate Students, and Visiting Medical Students.

Visiting Resident Electives (ACGME)

The Department of Radiology offers electives to visiting domestic residents currently enrolled in ACGME-accredited training programs. These electives are arranged 3-4 months in advance of the date of arrival. Interested residents should contact Dion Brown, the program coordinator, with the following information:

  • Exact dates of the requested elective, not less than 4-weeks.
  • Subspecialty of interest: Body Imaging, Chest Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, or Vascular & Interventional Radiology.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae.

The UCSD Radiology program coordinator will send the elective request and CV to the Chief of the Division for approval. Once the elective time is approved, the program coordinator will contact the visiting resident with information needed to complete an appointment through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Fees are processed through gme: $250 to register more than 30 days before a visit, and $350 to register after the 30-day mark. For more information, or to apply for a visiting resident elective, please contact Dion Brown.

Visiting Scholar Programs (Non-ACGME)

The University of California San Diego is host to a large number of national and international visiting scholars and scientists who do not require official University employment but require an affiliation to use its facilities and participate in its research activities and educational programs. To accommodate the needs of these individuals and recognize their contributions to the intellectual life, the University provides the courtesy designation "Visiting Scholar." 

A Visiting Scholar is 1) a scholar from another university, research institution, or company (usually on leave from his/her home institution) or 2) a student enrolled in an institution or academic research program outside of the University of California. Students visit to participate in a University-sponsored educational program, cooperative agreement, or collaborative research project under faculty supervision.

The Visiting Scholar designation is provided for a limited period of time--usually 3 -12 months. Extension beyond one year may be permissible if the program warrants a longer affiliation. Appointment must be made in advance of arrival and the appointment is self-terminating.

The Visiting Scholar designation is provided free of charge to visitors with paid registration in a CME Observership and Professional Enrichment program.

Visiting Scholar Programs and Fees:

Visiting Observership and Professional Enrichment (Must register through CME)

  • Practicing Radiologist (Domestic and International) - Fees: $1,163-5,000 max, based on length of stay 
  • Residents and  Fellows (International, Non-ACGME) - Fees vary 
  • Sonographers, Technologists (Domestic) - Fees $250/day

Research Visiting Scholars (No CME registration required)

  • Radiology Researchers (Domestic) - Fees: $1,167 max ($742 administrative fees, plus $425 Visa fees, if applicable)

A more complete description of the University's Visiting Scholar appointment may be found at

Visiting Scholars interested in the Department of Radiology may send requests or questions to:

Visiting Graduate Students

A Visiting Graduate Student (VGS) at UCSD is a pre-doctoral graduate student who is 1) registered at an educational institution outside of the University of California system and 2) pursuing research related to their degree program. Graduate Students interested in visiting the Department of Radiology should send an e-mailed request to:

Visiting Medical Students

The UCSD School of Medicine offers a variety of clinical educational opportunities to senior visiting medical students. Medical students interested in visiting the Department of Radiology will find more information and registration instructions at