Final Read

Q: What is your favorite aspect of residency?final read

Radiology residency has been the most exciting and inspiring time of my life.

An inquisitive person by nature, I am fascinated by the limitless opportunities for learning and investigation. While on call, I particularly enjoy being on the "front lines," as I review scans with the trauma team, report unexpected findings to the emergency department, or perform an ultrasound examination on a patient. Our attending physicians are also invaluable resources for clinical, research, and career advice.

"An inquisitive person by nature, I am fascinated by the limitless opportunities for learning and investigation." — Mai-Lan Ho, MD

Making the transition from clinical medicine to radiology is a highly complex process. It takes incredible study and practice to master pathophysiology and imaging differentials, radiologic physics, and interventional procedures. Meanwhile, we also learn the "art" of radiology: interacting with patients and referring clinicians, teaching and mentoring junior trainees, and undertaking leadership and advocacy roles. Finally, interdisciplinary collaboration and research encourage progress within our specialty and help shape the future of health care.

As a radiology trainee, I feel honored to be joining a class of physicians operating at the forefront of medicine. With our armamentarium of diagnostic and interventional tools, radiologists are likely the most intellectually diverse and innovative of all medical specialists. Recent advances in molecular and functional imaging, network biology, and theranostics herald a groundbreaking new era of personalized medicine. In the words of Isaac Newton, "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." It's an exciting time to be a radiologist, and I look forward to what the future holds!

final read headshotMai-Lan Ho, MD
Resident in Radiology
Scholar's Track Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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