Radiology Career: Training Requirements When Pursuing a Career in this Field

The job of a radiologist is to read and interpret digital images of patients obtained via a camera, machine and other imaging equipment. He/she uses this information to help the treating physician in diagnosing the patient and to come up with a course of treatment. Radiologists are also involved in image-guided procedures to aid in the treatment of health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases.

Training requirements
To practice in this area, radiologists must complete the following training requirements:
  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Medical degree
  3. Residency training for 4 years
  4. Sub-specialization training
They must also meet additional requirements to practice medicine in the Philippines (or in other countries). Optional subspecialties will include radiology, body imaging, mammography and musculo-skeletal, among others. 

What is to like about this profession? 
  • Compensation. This area of medicine offers one of the highest salaries and best benefits. 
  • Vacation. Unlike other physicians, they have a lot of time for vacation. Even though they read tens of thousands of images a year, they have 8-12 weeks of free time. 
  • Work flexibility. They can read scans from home through a computer linked into a hospital network. They do not have to work at night like physicians of other areas of medicine. 
Another likeable factor about this profession is the fact that radiologists do not need to spend a lot of time directly interacting with their patients. However, they still need to develop their collaborative and consultative skills as they have to coordinate with other allied health professionals.

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