I completed my two-week elective rotation in radiology, and I’m here to share my thoughts. So here goes—many residents and attending physicians describe radiology as being a doctor’s doctor. They’re fantastic to consult. Radiologists get to work with some of the coolest and latest technology, and if you’re a physics nerd or technology buff, then radiology is the perfect playground for you.
On my elective, I rotated through the various specialties of radiology each day. I was exposed to interventional radiology, ultrasound, CT/body, pediatric radiology, chest, musculoskeletal, and more. The residents would go through sets of assigned cases, responding to phone calls from the techs and physicians about adjustments in protocols for patients, and then they would review the cases once the attending has read the image and look for what they missed in the report. I found that every resident and attending was really kind and seemed really happy with their career choice. It’s also really neat to witness what the 3D human body looks like in a 2D picture. To be able to diagnose pathology through an image is a pretty neat thing. That being said, I found that radiology can be really interesting; however, it’s tedious. You also don’t seem to have as much patient interaction, and that’s how I knew for sure that radiology is not for me. I really enjoy being around people, and it was just tough for me to sit in a dark room quietly and look at image after image.
Overall, radiology is really cool, and I’ve learned the basics of reading an image. This elective added value to my learning experience, and it was also nice to be on a rotation that’s much less intensive than surgery and internal medicine. I recommend checking out this elective because you never know what specialty you may or may not fall in love with!