For some residents and radiologists, radiology is a calling. And, for those folks, retirement is the last thought on your mind. But, for others, it is just a job. And I get both points of view. But, regardless of which camp you are in, many of us have other hobbies and second careers that we would like to accomplish before it is too late. And, radiology has been an excellent medical specialty so that you can retire early.
So, let’s try to figure out from two different perspectives, early partial retirement or full retirement, which subspecialties within radiology are the best. Why? Although it is possible to partially or fully retire from any radiology subspecialty, certain ones lend themselves to early partial or full retirement more than others. And, many of you are trying to figure out which specialty to choose for your future career. So, after hours of deliberation, let me give you my clear winners in both departments. If you are on the fence, maybe, I can sway you in one direction or the other!
Best Radiology Subspecialty For Early Partial Retirement
So, you are considering coming into work two to three days a week later on in your career. And, you still like practicing radiology. It might not be so bad to have four or five day weekends every week, right? Here is the specialty I chose that is most conducive to this path and why.
General Radiology/Body Imaging
I believe there is one clear winner for this category. If you had to pick one subspecialty that would most likely keep you in the game, even at an older age, it would have to be general radiology/body imaging. And, this choice may be in contrast to what others may tell you. But, radiologists that are general imagers tend to have the most extensive array of experiences and training. So, this training allows them to continue practicing radiology at a high level, even at a ripe old age. And, you are less likely to become an anachronism when you have many skills. If one imaging modality goes out of style(i.e., pnemocephalography!), you have many others to bank on.
Best Radiology Subspecialty for Early Full Retirement
In this pathway, the goal is to make as much money as quickly as possible. Then, you can pack it away so that you can do whatever else you want at a spry young age! Here is the subspecialty I believe is most favorable to this track.
Sure, this field can be a pressure cooker. And, it is not for the faint of heart. Clinicians will wake you up late at night to perform critical procedures on their patients. However, you are more likely to command top dollar for your services when you are actively practicing. And, while in practice, you will become difficult to replace. Of course, this will allow you to take that money and funnel it into retirement as soon as possible!
To Retire Early Isn’t Everything!
Now, most of you are going into radiology, not to retire early, but to have an exciting and fruitful career. However, it is nice to know that if you tire from the day-to-day work, and want something else out of life, you can. So, go into a particular subspecialty not to retire, but for what interests you the most. And, if you are not sure which subspecialty to pick, maybe these ideas will persuade you!