Q: Why do you network?
Networking is the intentional act of building relationships beyond the close colleagues and friends we encounter on a day-to-day basis. Building a network creates a support system and a strong professional community where there is an exchange of ideas and resources. It also creates a sense of engagement, which is particularly important in a profession prone to burnout from a sense of isolation. In fact, maintaining relationships has been shown to be the most important factor contributing to overall health and happiness.
The benefits of building a strong and diverse network across radiology are countless, as are the ways of building it. Whether it’s the ACR annual meeting, RSNA, or the countless subspecialty meetings across the country, building relationships is key. A strong radiology network helps us feel fulfilled as individuals and stay informed in a fluid landscape.
Networking also provides us with an opportunity to give back to others in the profession. Give lectures at your alumni institution, mentor junior residents, and ask how you can help them achieve their goals. It will allow you to help others who will not only become your “brain trust,” but also your friends.
Not a day goes by when I’m not faced with a challenge about medical practice or the business of radiology. It’s my network of colleagues, locally and nationally, that provides me with the knowledge, anecdotes, and support to deal with these challenges.
Magda Rizer, DO, is an attending at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.