Question About Breast Versus IR:
Hi Dr. Julius,
I am a PGY4 resident and currently ranking my fellowship programs. Right now, I am still debating between an IR and Breast imaging fellowship. I am an active person who likes to deal with patients (within limits) and do procedures. Also, I am a family guy who likes to spend time with family and travel together besides social activities. I love IR, and I see myself in IR, but everyone is warning me of the stressful lifestyle and crazy calls. I know it depends on the practice that I will join. But, sometimes I think about it differently. I mean why I would spend two years in IR fellowship (Non-ESIR) to perform mostly central lines and biopsies. Plus, people tell me that IR will become routine, and I will lose the exciting part and left with the scraps.
On the opposite side, breast imaging is a good lifestyle. I will see patients (I enjoy seeing patients) and perform procedures. Also, I am willing to do 50% breast and 50% general radiology after fellowship if I complete a breast fellowship. I don’t want to regret not going to IR. Should I risk it better than regretting it? I have to submit my ROL by the end of this month; I appreciate your help.
Breast Versus IR