February 2018 JACR Highlights
Elections, Elections and Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning has quickly asserted itself at the forefront of policy and innovation throughout medicine but most importantly within the field of Radiology over the past year. Now that we as Radiologists have accepted that this is the way of the future, we have begun to assist in the implementation and maturation of this new tool. Many of us have moved beyond the feelings of fear and uncertainty, and begun to ask “How can we use this technology in ways that go beyond just the examination and interpretation of imaging?”
A majority of what is published in the JACR is focused on the business side of medicine and radiology. The White Paper publications are important tools to ensure that a majority of Radiologist and sub specialists are on the same page for certain topics regardless of where you practice or what setting you practice in. The incidental renal mass is another lesion in the line of incidentals of the abdomen and pelvis that have bestowed much angst and consternation in the past regarding the follow up and recommendations. These publications help cast these feelings aside and ensure that we all practice in the same way, so there is no confusion or question into what needs to be done when presented with this situation.
As a twin myself, I am always interested in reading articles or research that studies the process by which the biologically identical (or mostly biologically identical) twins develop into adulthood and into the workforce. Though my brother and I are not currently in the same field, we developed fairly similar interests as we grew older but decisions that we made, rather than our specific interests, shaped the outlook of where we are today. This article takes you through the life of two young women whose paths were fairly similar through beginning training in Radiology but began to deviate shortly afterwards. What observations will you find interesting when looking into the life of two sisters that began in Radiology together but now practice in two very different fields, one as a radiologist and the other as an internist?
Reading this article made me reflect back to medical school where we were assigned to watch “The Doctor”. This exercise was to stimulate our psyche and train our minds in taking a patient-centered approach as we developed throughout medical school into practicing physicians. Now as a member of the field of Radiology, I have not had to wait around long anticipating the results of an imaging study, because I have typically had the “inside fast track” for having my studies interpreted. It is important as Radiology transitions to the patient-centered emphasis that we try and put ourselves in the shoes of that mother waiting for the results of her mammogram regarding the new lump she felt or that middle aged professional who is awaiting the results of his chest radiograph that was obtained for the chest pain that has been keeping him awake at nights. Timeliness is really the only tool to combat the anxiety that each patient experiences in the waiting for the results game for each study we put our hands on every day we sit at that reading station.
Are you or your program concerned about the recent perceived decline in those medical students interested in postgraduate medical education positions in Radiology? Obviously you aren’t the only ones who share a concern for trends that demonstrate a lack of medical students interested in the field of radiology. You may be interested to learn that this radiology residency program was able to double the number of interested medical students from their home medical training institution after just one year. How did they do that? What are the lesions that they provide that you can learn from or adapt to in your program? Answers to these questions and more can be answered easily in just a few minutes of reading.
Christopher Mutter, DO, ACR-RFS secretary and diagnostic radiology resident at Spectrum Health/ Michigan State University College of Human Medicine