Pooja R. Voria, MD, MBA
Q: What would you say to a young physician considering radiology?
To be honest, I went into medical school thinking that I would be a cardiothoracic surgeon. I wasn't even considering radiology.
I had imagined the specialty involved sitting in a dark room with very little interaction, reading x-ray after x-ray.
In reality, radiology is a dynamic diagnostic and interventional specialty that offers intellectual challenges, variety, balance, and stability. We combine clinical history, anatomy, and pathology to make a diagnosis. Radiology is an integral part of the health care system, spanning the entire medical field and touching the majority of patients. As technology advances and imaging becomes more complex, referring physicians increasingly rely on us to help them choose the best imaging tool and to provide meaningful interpretations that guide medical decisions.
While we do spend time in the dark room, we have plenty of opportunity to get out by consulting with clinicians, talking to patients, and getting involved in the medical community. I push myself to break the stereotypes about our specialty by taking on leadership positions in my hospital, participating in various committees in my radiology group, and actively partaking in advocacy efforts at both the state and national levels through the Washing State Radiology Society and the ACR. There are many ways to impact the field outside of the reading room.
To young physicians considering radiology, I urge you to reflect on what give you energy. If any of the above aligns with your own passions, radiology may be the specialty for you.
Pooja R. Voria, MD, MBA, radiologist at Radia and medical director of breast imaging centers at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle