How do you stay up to date with new developments in radiology?
It is often difficult to stay current given the time constraints that come with a resident's lifestyle. Overnight call, conference preparation, and textbook reading do not allow for much free time to catch up on the latest medical news.
However, it is pertinent to our careers in radiology that we find ways to stay well informed.
The availability of both printed and electronic versions of the ACR Bulletin and the JACR® make it easier to stay up to date at our leisure. These publications cover valuable topics, such as current research, technology, law, and economics.
In addition to keeping up with publications, I attended this year's AMCLC as the Delaware State Representative and found the meeting to be a fantastic resource in keeping current within the field. I especially enjoyed the lectures geared towards economics, which is becoming an increasing concern for residents and radiologists alike. The structured ACR Resident and Fellow Section lectures also covered relevant topics, including updates on board examinations and leadership opportunities.
“The availability of both printed and electronic versions of the ACR Bulletin and the JACR® make it easier to stay up to date at our leisure.” — Judith A. Gadde, DO, MBA
I also try to keep abreast of the current journals by participating in my department's monthly journal club meetings and by listening to podcasts like Radiology's "Hear What We Think." Both of these opportunities offer a venue for review of current literature and topics of interest outside of the daily work environment, which I see as vital to improving my skills and positioning myself as an advocate for the specialty.
Judith A. Gadde, DO, MBA, Diagnostic Radiology Resident, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del.