October JACR® Highlights
What should residents read this month?
This month the journal features articles on acing the interview, report phraseology, and the future of precision medicine. Here is a list of articles for the JACR® that may be of particular interests to residents and fellows.
Dr. James H. Thrall, MD, FACR, delivered the Moreton Lecture at ACR 2015® on the topic of precision medicine — also known as personalized medicine— the process by which medical treatment is tailored to the patient. Radiogenomics, the study of the link between imaging phenotype and genotype, was also discussed. This article recaps the lecture and expands on these exciting topics.
Avoid “Cannot Exclude”: Make a Diagnosis
“Cannot Exclude” is an often-used phrase with questionable value. Dr. Jenny K. Hoang, MD, discusses the use of this phrase and offers more helpful alternative phraseology.
Interviewing is an important skill for success but learning how to interview effectively is absent from most radiology curricula. Dr. Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, provides tips on how to increase the likelihood of a successful interview from the perspective of the business world. Good luck to everyone interviewing for jobs!
The authors compare the use of the pulmonary embolism rule out score (PERC) and modified wells criteria as a decision tool for appropriate ordering of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). The study is a prospective-cohort, academic single-center study. The results suggest that the PERC score is a superior decision tool for assessing CTPA appropriateness.
By Colin Segovis, MD, PhD (@colinsegovis), RFS secretary and resident at Wake Forest University