Barium slinging not too long ago was representative of the world of radiology. Now it seems, we relegate it to a very small part. (1) When I first started, I can remember having many fluoroscopy days filled with double contrast barium enemas, upper GI series, small bowel series, and esophagrams. Today’s barium work has changed radically at least in our institution. It […]
I have seen it all. Some radiology residents make sure to glean every last drop of experience from their radiology residency so that by the time they graduate, they are ready to hit the ground running. But then there are other radiology residency graduates who never quite live up to their full potential during their […]
The days of radiology residents lugging ten-pound textbooks around the department are over. I too prefer having a list of books to access at any time on my Ipad for pure convenience sake. In fact, I even reviewed and studied my Mettler textbook for nuclear medicine on my Ipad just prior to my recertification ABR examination a […]
Over the years, I have discovered that some of the best radiologists do not comply with the stereotypical image of what a great radiologist should be. For instance, you would think that the best radiologists all embrace technology. In fact, it is sometimes the opposite. Some of the best radiologists I know are the least technologically adept people you […]
Second year radiology residents are overwhelmed and burdened by call. Third year radiology residents are exhausted from studying for their core radiology examination. And, the fourth year radiology residents are fretting about all the things they need to know prior to starting their fellowship and first attending job. But, what about the plight of the first year resident? Many non radiology physicians and […]
It’s getting to be that time of the year. Spring… Ahhh… Birds chirping, snow melting, and oh yeah… of course… first year resident preparation for the first night of call. Often times this process begins with a bang called the Precall Quiz. Although it is not a specifically required measure for being able to start call, it […]
Studying for the ABR Core Exam is undoubtedly a daunting task. Not only can the sheer amount of material one needs to learn seem overwhelming, but also the vast amount of resources available can be more of a burden than an asset. I often see my fellow residents scrambling to make time to go over […]
In the year 2017, almost every radiology residency in the country operates with a Picture Archiving And Communication System (PACS). It has become essential for the daily functioning of the radiologist and the radiology resident. Even though PACS have made our practices more efficient over time, we all experience a breakdown of some sort or […]
A few months ago, one of my readers sent me the following message, “I would really like you to write about what clinicians want from a radiologist.” That comment initiated some thoughts about the topic since our primary goal as radiologists is to answer the clinician’s questions. But, let’s take this idea from a different angle. At some point in […]
A big decision needs to be made: At some programs, each resident can attend one academic conference during the 4 years of residency without having to present a poster or paper, all expenses paid. It may be toward the end of your tenure as a resident and time is running out to take advantage of the situation. You […]
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