The Scenario A clinical colleague walks up to you and the following conversation ensues. Clinician: Can you take a look at my chest film? I have had a cough for the past several weeks that won’t go away. Radiologist: Sure. Let me take a look at the image. The name of the clinician is typed […]
Most of us know other radiologists that fit into the category of a second-guesser. Perhaps, you trained or are training under someone like this. Consistently, they look at a chest film and debate whether to call a pulmonary nodule or vessel in every other film. Or perhaps, when a nurse asks a question about intravenous contrast amounts […]
Today’s post is not for everyone. For those of you that have never owned a pet or do not understand why anyone would decide to keep a pet, especially during residency, you can stop reading here. But for those of you that take a keen interest in living with a pet of some sort, I […]
Some of us are not born to be athletic and coordinated like Michael Jordan or Pele. It’s just not in the cards. As a part of this group, I can remember many simple radiology procedural activities challenging me that would make the average resident wonder! Simple things like putting on sterile gloves and coiling interventional wires seemed […]
When program directors hear complaints about their residents, we find most do not stem from resident incompetence. Nor do the complaints relate to professionalism issues. Rather, a good majority arises from lack of a timely response to reading cases. And, these delayed reports result from a lack of appropriate triage. So, I think you know […]
All told on any given day as radiologists, we may receive tens of phone calls from our colleagues, technologists, fellow clinicians, administrators, friends, spouses, and patients. We are constantly bombarded with phone calls. So much so that I always wondered about the rate of interruption in a radiology practice. Well, I found one such paper. […]
Studying for radiology is intense and unlike anything that you have done before. If you think shirking your duties only hurts yourself, you are completely and utterly wrong. For those of you that don’t yet get it but are willing to listen, here are 10 of some of the disastrous consequences of your poor […]
For those of you that are medical students and residents, at times, it can be really tough to gain recognition for your work. I want to give you a little vignette of one uncomfortable experience with a difficult attending I had as a former medical student and then we will discuss how to counter a […]
Sometimes events beyond our control interfere with radiology residency. It may be a personal situation, a new business opportunity, mental illness, or severe burnout. Some of these issues are outlined in my previous article called The Struggling Resident. And perhaps, one or many of these reasons have you thinking about taking a leave of absence. […]
Oh, the lowly addendum. Most physicians rarely give it a second thought. But, it can sometimes become the single most important part of the dictation. So, why do most of us ignore the addendum? And, yet how can it be one of the most important parts of our report at the same time? Well, that […]
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