The R.O.A.D. To Success Is A Bumpy One

Radiology used to be a popular residency that medical students chose in the past; it was among the four medical fields that promised the most pay for the least amount of work compared to other doctors. Medical students who wanted to be on the R.O.A.D to success may be in for a bumpy ride, the acronym stands for the four specialties (radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology and dermatology). Nowadays, their position on the list of specialists who are suffering income declines is one of the highest. Having signed up for the 5-7 years of training and racking up hundred of thousands of dollars in student debt, young radiology residents on internet forums agonize over whether or not the ship has sailed, is it too late to switch fields?

For example, at Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, a dozen potential radiologists received termination notices for their residencies because of the hospital’s plan to reduce the number of radiologists by partnering up with a teleradiology company that interprets diagnostic images remotely, therefor saving a lot of money. What led to so many people going into the radiology field was that during the 1980’s, MRI’s and CT scans came to be, and the fee that could be charged for using them increased the demand and compensation for radiologists through the roof. However, as one can see, the popularity of the radiology field is losing its momentum.

Written by Kevin Zhang

Source:

Bernstein, Nina. “Trainees in Radiology and Other Specialties See Dream Jobs Disappearing.”The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Mar. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/health/trainees-in-radiology-and-other-specialties-see-dream-jobs-disappearing.html?ref=business&gt;.

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