Madelene C. Lewis, MD
Q: Why is it valuable to network with other radiologists?
Networking provides radiologists with an opportunity to enhance both professional development and personal performance.
These opportunities traditionally only occurred during face-to-face encounters at venues such as group meetings or conferences. While networking can sometimes feel like talking to a stranger, you likely have more in common than you think with the radiologists around you. We have all been through similar training programs, often have common goals, and likely have mutual contacts. Get through the initial awkwardness, and you’ll likely meet colleagues open to collaboration and sharing ideas.
Social media and online networking forums only augment networking opportunities. Many of these sites are specifically geared towards physicians. Several are focused specifically on radiology and our specialty-specific issues. These are all available whenever you are, unlike face-to face meetings, and they provide a forum to share interesting cases, ask questions, and collaborate on projects.
“Get through the initial awkwardness, and you’ll likely meet colleagues open to collaboration and sharing ideas.” — Madelene C. Lewis, MD
However you go about it, networking certainly opens doors and opportunities that might not otherwise present themselves. It creates mutually beneficial relationships that can further a career and lead to priceless friendships.
So put yourself out there and start networking more with your fellow radiologists. You will absolutely see a positive difference in your personal and professional growth.
Madelene C. Lewis, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston