Power Hour Webinar

October 2020 – Fast & Furious Panel Discussion: Key Things to Know and Do to Succeed in Your First Year Out of Residency

Radiologist sitting at computer

Moderator: Jennifer Nathan, MD and Frank Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR

Faculty: Ellen Chung, MD, Vivek Kalia, MD, MPH, MS, Amy Oliveira, MD, and Peter Van Geertruyden, MD, LTC(Ret)

This panel discussion is an excerpt from the RLI Kickstart Your Career workshop held in the spring and fall. While this panel discussion generally rotates topics for the live webinar, this particular panel discussion encompasses four radiologists giving important tips on 1) dealing with difficult people, 2) expectations in the first year out of residency, 3) signs and suggestions to avoid burnout, and 4) the importance of networking.

Key Takeaways

  • Difficult people: check your intent, come from a place of compassion
  • Have empathy for others’ feelings and needs
  • Recognize and respond to emotion
  • First year expectations: Pros: You will be part of a team of varying experience levels and backgrounds, colleagues challenge you, and there will be new opportunities for leadership roles
  • First year expectations: Cons: You’ll encounter office politics, you’ll work long hours, you’ll question yourself, your competence will be tested, and your judgement and moral compass may be tested.
  • The first year will be tough, you’ll face challenges you have not encountered before, and you’ll be asked to do things that are a “reach” for you.
  • Burnout: Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced sense of personal accomplishment
  • 45% of radiologists experience burnout
  • Risk factors include: excessive workload, inefficient work processes, clerical burdens, work-home conflicts, lack of input/control and organizational support/leadership culture
  • Individual risk factors include: sex, age, family, personality & interpersonal skills, sense of calling
  • Tools to combat burnout include: mindfulness, stress management training, communication skills training, exercise programs, self-care efforts, small group programs to promote community, connectedness and meaning, reduce work hours, changes to promote efficiency and satisfaction, and support and advocacy for peer support and community
  • Prevention is better than treatment: take time for meditation/mindfulness, medical care and time with family and friends; at work, consider working remotely when possible, reduce hours, engage in patient encounters, collaborate with clinicians, and pursue personal growth through mentorship relationships
  • Networking: Avoid networking with preconceived agenda, driven by self interest
  • Approach networking for genuine reasons
    • Personal connections to combat insularity and burnout
    • Other viewpoints allowing for self-reflection
    • Benefits for personal or professional endeavors will come naturally

Recorded Webinar

Faculty Bios

Headshot of Dr. Chung Dr. Ellen M. Chung is a pediatric radiologist and Associate Radiologist-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She also served as the Pediatric Section Chief at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology then American Institute for Radiologic Pathology from 2005 until 2020. She recently retired from the United States Army, where she reached the rank of colonel. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). She served as the Integrated Chief of Diagnostic Radiology during the merger of Walter Reed Army Medical center and National Naval Medical Center to form Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine, she completed radiology residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at the Children’s Hospital Boston. She is board certified in Radiology with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Radiology.

Vivek Kalia, MD MPH is an American Board of Radiology (ABR) Board-Certified Radiologist and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan, specializing in Musculoskeletal Radiology. He graduated from medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he received his MD, and completed an extra year of training to receive his Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, VT) and his Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY).

Dr. Kalia is an academic radiologist with several areas of research interest. He is active in various medical societies and has numerous peer-reviewed publications. He regularly presents his research at international radiology meetings including the European Congress of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and Society of Skeletal Radiology. He has authored two book chapters on patellofemoral pain and instability in an upcoming volume to be released in 2017.

Dr. Kalia has worked internationally in the spheres of medicine and public health and is a contributor to public health radiology organizations such as Imaging the World (ITW) and RAD-AID. He also completed public health research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in India. In similar capacities, he has conducted research and/or provided medical care in Japan, Bolivia, Honduras, and Uganda.

Headshot of Dr. Oliveira

Dr. Amy Oliveira is a board-certified radiologist subspecialized in musculoskeletal imaging. She is a partner at Radiology and Imaging, Inc. in Springfield, Massachusetts and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Massachusetts-Baystate. In addition to clinical work, her career has focused on education, previously serving as the Associate Program Director of the Radiology residency and Medical Student Course Director. She also serves on multiple education related committees through the ACR, ABR, and Society of Skeletal Radiology. Dr. Oliveira experienced burnout after a period of rapid career growth and consequently, her mission now includes addressing physician burnout through mentoring and promoting cultural change in how burnout is handled in medicine.

Dr. Oliveira earned her degree in Physiology & Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut and her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her radiology residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her musculoskeletal imaging fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

 Headshot of Dr. VanGertruyden

Dr. Peter Van Geertruyden is a graduate of the US Military Academy and Tulane School of Medicine. He completed his radiology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and MSK fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University.

After nearly 30 years in the Army, Dr. Van Geertruyden has retired from active duty and is currently a staff MSK radiologist with Medical Center Radiologists, a hybrid private/academic practice in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Van Geertruyden is an active ACR member at both the national and local level. He is the current President of the DC Medical Radiological Society.