Today, I met Radiology again.  We meet daily on most of my rotations, but for the next month, we will be spending some quality time together.

It is new rotation day.  And my new rotation of the month four weeks is Radiology.

And just to clarify, in case you, like many people in my life, are thinking “That’s great, your home service,” the answer is no.  My home service is Radiation Oncology, not Radiology.  They are commonly confused.  Radiology takes pictures and uses imaging to take biopsies or put in certain devices.  Radiation Oncology treats cancers with radiation.

I have done Radiology rotations before.  I did job shadowing as a med student, then a full week in a summer med student program and two weeks of selective in fourth year med school and now this four week stint.  I have a whole degree in Nuclear Medicine.  A degree.

It is important stuff.  Seriously, without being able to read images and without the help of Radiologists being a cancer specialist, especially a Radiation Oncologist would be pretty freaking rough.

That being said, it isn’t easy to teach.  A lot comes from seeing the normal stuff over and over and over again.

And I have a ton I need to learn.

The thing is with Radiology rotations is that they are different from you usual clinics, consult or floor services.  You basically watch and listen to people do their jobs.  Sometimes, you get to try to do it too, but really, you are generally a bystander.  Because nobody wants someone random reading their CT scan without assistance.

Image from diagnosticimaging.com.

Because much of the day is watching people do their jobs, it requires consumption of mass amounts of coffee.  At least it did when I was a med student.  I am sure it will again.

Also, because it is a lot of watching people do their jobs, it is a lot of being told “Why don’t you go read for a bit and we can review the cases together later?” or “It is just boring stuff now, so you can go.”  And I get it.  I wouldn’t enjoy someone hovering and I wouldn’t want to feel like I was boring someone.  But, that is what I need to do to learn.

The good thing is that I have four weeks and lots of different things that I want to see and do.  Hopefully, I will accomplish it.  Plus, I can always go do some Nuc Med to make myself feel better inside from time to time (how often do you hear that phrase?).

That being said, it does also make for some excellent hours.

5 thoughts on “Radi-what?

  1. I wish you lots of happy learning for the next four weeks. Radiology rotation was one of the more notoriously feared rotations in the clinical year of veterinary school. Somehow it ended up being one of my favorite rotations.

  2. It’s like the time someone (not medically inclined) said to me, “your’re an internist? I thought you graduated already? he apparently had a hard time distinguishing the difference between being a post graduate medical intern and a general internist..

    • Very funny!
      I had someone I just met at a party last week ask why was I a resident at the hospital because I seemed so well. They thought I was somehow institutionalized.

  3. Pingback: Learning in Ultrasound: A Person is a Person… | At least we made it this far...

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