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Let RLI Kickstart Your Career

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The radiology landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade — and the pace of change will not subside any time soon. The breadth and scope of what radiologists need to know has expanded significantly. This means that employers are now seeking candidates with more comprehensive skill sets. Designed for residents and fellows, the Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) Kickstart Your Career event provides residents with valuable career development skills and advice related to interviewing, selecting a good mentor, and how to succeed in that first year.

I was fortunate to attend the Kickstart Your Career in September. It provided me with a refreshing and informative opportunity to directly interact with the ACR leadership, as well as prominent radiologists from academic, government/military, and private practice organizations to discuss the current job market, the important considerations when choosing a career in academic versus private/community practice, and the future trajectory of radiology. 

The brief lectures, small-group breakout sessions, the “Real World” Q&A panel, and the one-on-one mock interview with an invited lecturer, provided me useful insight for my future job search — a basic primer on negotiating contracts, and the vital questions to ask during job interviews. My mock interview with Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR, professor and vice chair of clinical affairs and operations in the department of medical imaging at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and chief medical officer of the RLI, was memorable because it highlighted the crucial soft skills required for effective communication and marketing your skillsets and accomplishments. 

After attending the workshop, my co-resident Yasmin Akbari, MD, and I were inspired to design a community radiology elective rotation at our residency program to aid R4s in making more informed career decisions and to provide mentorship from community division radiologists.

Very few opportunities exist during residency training that offer this kind of hands-on workshop with direct coaching to better position radiologists to face the challenges of transitioning into the real-world practice of radiology. I am confident this workshop provided valuable tools which will serve me well in my first year as a rookie attending, and I strongly encourage my peers and senior residents to take advantage of the workshop, taking place March 23, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Silver Spring, Md. It will feature an interactive, small-group mock interview session with faculty members, a panel of early career radiologists representing various subspecialties — all while providing an opportunity for attendees to network with both expert faculty and peers.

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Trilochan Hiremath, MD, is a past RLI Kickstart Your Career attendee and a resident in the department of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

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