Over the past few years, we have been witnessing a new phenomenon that I don’t think is unique to our diagnostic radiology residency program. Incoming residents are either delaying or failing their USMLE Step III examinations. Some of this new reality may be related to the decreased competitiveness of radiology. However, what is interesting is […]
How should the ABR test communication skills? Isn’t that up to the residency programs? The ACGME maintains 6 core competencies. Only 1 of those 6 (medical knowledge) can be tested by board exams. Others like professionalism and interpersonal/communication skills cannot. Anonymous Attending Great Question! Testing Communication Skills I believe that testing and standardizing some basic […]
Has the American Board of Radiology (ABR) finally thrown up its hands and said it can no longer do its job? That was the take home message from my recent excursion to the AUR meeting. The explicit role of the American Board of Radiology is to standardize the quality of trained radiologists throughout the country. In fact, […]
Walk into any radiology reading room and you may see several radiologists with headphones on their ears plugged into an iPhone, playing their favorite tunes. Others are constantly shushing other residents that are chatting amongst themselves in the reading room, hating the moment that excess noise comes their way. This lead me to think: Should […]
During my residency only a little bit more than 14 years ago, I can still remember grabbing a ream of sheets from the bin to check the day’s CT protocols. We would quickly read through each one to make sure that the appropriate test was indicated as was ordered by the referring physician. Somehow, I think […]
What are the essential ingredients of a successful radiologist? – the art of oral and written communication, being able to distinguish one study from another, the ability to successfully analyze the findings, the masterful arrival at a reasonable differential diagnosis, and the creation of insightful management recommendations. The oral boards enabled residents for years to learn these essential skills of […]
I am certain that most of you, whether a radiology resident or an attending, have been in this situation several times. The decision for a radiologist to skip out of work because of sickness can become incredibly complex. Is there adequate coverage? How sick are you? Are you going to be seeing patients for that day? Are you […]
The Radsresident Idea Sometimes the best ideas come about in the most mundane ways. I remember an uneventful Saturday in the middle of September when I sat down and began to surf the internet. I started to read about financial topics and happened upon a website called the Financial Samurai, a website dedicated to passive income. Most importantly, at the top of […]
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