As a FY2 applying to radiology this year, here are my reasons for doing so that I have learned from my experience in different hospital radiology departments and talking to radiology trainees.
- Variety in the day to day work – from reporting, to MDTs to procedures
- Ranked as one of the best specialty training schemes for overall satisfaction and most manageable workload (GMC National Training Survey 2016)
- All specialties use radiology – great if you are interested in lots of different specialties!
- But you can subspecialise in the specialty(/ies) you love the most
- Necessary to medicine – nearly all diagnoses require imaging nowadays meaning that there is an increasing demand for radiologists
- Great work-life balance
- Teamwork and communication skills are essential when working in radiology – it’s not an unsociable specialty!
- Multidisciplinary – from working with radiographers to participating in weekly MDT meetings
- Always learning – including anatomy, pathology and (a little bit of) physics
- Work those diagnostic skills – be a Dr House of imaging
- But you can also be involved in treatment too!
- Many practical skills to learn, e.g. CT guided biopsies, arthrograms, drainages, ultrasounds, interventional radiology
- No patient contact is a myth – interact with patients during ultrasounds, practical procedures and IR clinics
- See all the weird and wonderful cases and pathologies
- There is no typical patient in radiology – see all ages and all types of people
- Opportunities for teaching
- Lots of teaching from fantastic consultants, with 1-to- 1 teaching
Sound interesting? Get involved with your local radiology department by doing a taster week, an elective or having a chat with some trainees!