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RFS JACR® Highlights: April
What should I read this month?
The April issue of the JACR® covers job seeking strategies, how to correctly use the term “nonspecific” in your reports, the growing competitiveness of fellowships, and more. Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.
What’s the current climate for job-seeking radiologists? Alexander S. Misono, MD, MBA, and colleagues analyzed 1,778 job postings on the ACR Career Center online portal between June 2014 and June 2015. Most jobs remain in private practice and most job positing were for general radiologists. Of job positing for a subspecialist, breast, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, and body were the most sought after subspecialties. Jobs were available all over the country but the largest number of jobs postings were for positions in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.
A discussion about jobs will hopefully lead to a discussion about job offers, and evaluating a radiology practice and a job offer can be complex. This 2014 article by Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR, is a must-read for residents and fellows who are job hunting. Dr. Muroff discusses how to assess the radiology job offer and the radiology practice as a potential employer.
April brings another installment in the “Speaking Of Language” series and addresses the use of the term “non-specific.” Samuel J. Kuzminski, MD, presents the correct and incorrect use of the term, as well as pitfalls associated with labeling a finding non-specific. As the author states, “Many radiologists use the term nonspecific when the appearance of a finding could be attributed to a number of etiologies. This term is part of the radiology lexicon and is appropriate if used in the proper context. However, when it is misused, referring clinicians may perceive radiologists to be hedging on their responsibility or, worse, that the use of nonspecific reflects a lack of confidence or even incompetence.”
The radiology fellowship has essentially become an expected step in the training of a radiologist with over 95 percent of residents moving onto fellowship at the end of residency. Furthermore, data suggest that up to 18 percent of residents plan to complete two fellowships. In this article, McKinley Glover, MD, MHS, and Tirath Y. Patel, MD, discuss the flaws in the current fellowship application process and make recommendations for change.