In March, I had the opportunity to attend the Radiology Leadership Institute® Kickstart Your Career workshop in Silver Spring, Md. During the course of one highly informative day, my fellow residents and I had the pleasure of learning about navigating a career in radiology from various prominent leaders, such as Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, and Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR. The talks were focused on equipping rising radiology professionals with the right tools to attack their dream positions, ranging from jobs in private practice to appointments in academic medical centers. The breadth of the advice was incredible, and the impact it made on me was substantial.
Personally, I was particularly impressed by the concept of personal branding. Dr. Lexa highlighted that one of the goals of a successful radiologist should be to avoid becoming a commodity at work, which in turn could lead to burnout. To prevent such a situation, one needs to pursue individual passions and strive for uniqueness and expertise. This leads to the development of personal branding, which in turn allows the physician to become irreplaceable. Such a position creates satisfaction from working in an organization where you are being valued and where you can provide a meaningful contribution. This concept propelled my underlying interest into exploring applications of machine learning in medical imaging and cemented my decision to pursue a mini-fellowship in imaging informatics at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science during my fourth year of residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. As a physician interested in MSK radiology and machine learning, I hope to combine these passions in my dream job and become an irreplaceable member of my practice.
Additional advice about the power of social media was provided by Amy K. Patel, MD. In the age of digital media, networking ceases to be confined solely to physical meetings. Instead, ideas are exchanged, and collaborations are created online via Twitter and Instagram. Taking advantage of such platforms would benefit any radiologist and can provide opportunities to achieve professional goals. As I recently became active on Twitter, I was able to connect with other similarly-minded professionals online, exchange ideas, and network in ways I hadn’t imagined before. These and other lessons from the workshop have had an indelible impact on the development of my goals for the final year of residency and I can’t recommend this workshop enough.
Sign up now for the Kickstart Your Career One-Day Workshop for Residents, taking place on October 26 in Silver Spring, MD.
Olga Laur, MD, MHS, Brigham & Women's Hospital