Intern year is on a count down!
I have 10 weeks of internal medicine wards left, after which I will be starting my dream specialty: radiology.
I recently had a 1 week elective rotation in radiology. A couple pgy3 radiology residents gave me wonderful advice and insights into my exciting future.
Perks of My Residency Program
- Our radiology residency program has lots of research opportunities. Dr. Kalb, section chief of Body/MRI, has many research projects. Dr. Kuo in Nucs, too. These and mammography are 3 of the radiology sub-specialties that most interest me right now.
- Our program will support residents up to $1000/trip for oral presentations of our original research. I’m looking forward to combining a family trip with presenting an original lecture at one of the radiology conferences!
- Residents may request 4 wks of research time per year; highly productive residents have gotten 2 months of scheduled research during 4th year. (contact chief at end of pgy2 to request pgy3 research time.)
- We are awarded $1000/year book fund to pay for radiology society dues and books. (E anatomy $60/yr is a good investment.)
- Rad primer (boards question bank), Stat Dx are free to residents for boards prep.
- A R4 (pgy5) has the option to do a year long Nuc/Pet fellowship. So I can technically get 2 fellowships by the end of pgy6. I like the combination of Nuc/Pet with mammography or Nuc/Pet with Body/MRI.
- Ample opportunity to moonlight and boost income. (Fantastic to have, but may change and/or disappear.)
Timeline/goals of radiology residency
Prepare for night calls during R2. Publish case reports on PubMed. By Dec., start working on original research project. By April, submit research articles/lectures for oral presentations. *request mammo rotation to be in early R2 if i want to apply for mammography fellowship. weekend calls rotation among my class, likely q9 weeks, 8am-4pm. join the rotation of baby-sitting scanner (contrast reaction) in evenings for additional income.
Early in the year, give oral presentations at major radiology conferences. Survive and learn lots on call. March, start fellowship applications.
Aug/Sept fellowship interviews. Mar-Jun study for boards. End of R3, take radiology boards. Moonlighting, tele-radiology 12 hour call or 24 hour weekend/holiday call.
Nuc/Pet fellowship or a couple mini fellowships. Moonlighting, tele-radiology 12 hour call or 24 hour weekend/holiday call.
MRI Body fellowship or Mammography fellowship.
- Are you excited about pgy2 or (your next year of training/career)?
- What benefits does your residency offer?
- What are your moonlighting opportunities like?