Career path set for radiology

12 years ago
Katelynn Bilodeau

By Katelynn Bilodeau
Grade 7, LCS

My career choice in life is to become a radiologist M.D. They perform a variety of tests including x-rays, CAT scans, ultrasounds, nuclear medicine scans, and other medical procedures. I need to get my high school degree, graduate medical school, and go to residency. I am going to major in anything in college as long as I take the premed courses. I’m going to pick a major that I can use to find a job, if I don’t get into med school, because many people do not, but I believe I will. Most people who apply to get into med school have about a 3.7 GPA or higher. So obviously I need to get good grades throughout school. With college and Med School, I will have to go to school for about 13 years all together to become a radiologist. Basically a radiologist is using technology and image techniques to look at the human body and diagnose problems.

A radiologist is a physician first. I should have a good heart and really want to help sick people. I need to be bright, hard working, be a good reader and have a good memory. The best way to find out if I want to be a radiologist is to ask a family member to set up a visit for me at a local hospital. There, I can see for myself what radiologists do and ask any questions I like. When I am in high school, I can consider doing volunteer work at a nearby hospital. It’s nice to have on my college application. Radiology involves little direct patient contact and provides a good lifestyle, but it is very challenging. The average radiologist’s yearly salary can vary from $300K to $500K.

They work from about 7:00 a.m. to around 5:00 p.m. They usually get a call about every 15 minutes. It means that they have to go into the hospital, and do a procedure that could last anywhere from an hour to four hours. There is a shortage of radiologists, and because of that their vacations are dropped every four to five years to almost nothing.

I looked up an interview online, and this is one of the questions and the answer to it. The person interviewing is Stephen Amis and the radiologist is Dr. Levin.

“What do you like about what you do?” Answer: “We interact with almost every different aspect of medicine. We work with pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery, internal medicine, all the sub-specialties, and so there’s a huge range of things that we participate in. It’s hard to get bored because it’s hard to keep up with everybody; they expect us to know more about them than their patients. We’re basically Doctors’ doctors because the patients don’t come to us. The doctors have a patient, and then they have a problem that they can’t solve without our help, and so they come to us whether it’s by ordering a test or consulting us with a problem that they need help figuring out an answer to, or help taking care of. We’re problem solvers, and a lot of the time; whatever we see and say is going to determine the course of a patient’s therapy. So, even though, you don’t get quite as much satisfaction from the patient contact and the patients being really grateful to you, a lot of times they don’t even know that you’re the one who figured out what was wrong with them but you do get a lot of satisfaction in knowing that what you’re doing makes a big difference in the lives of all of these patients every day.