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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 117
Radiology education - pain and rewards


Dept of Imaging and Interventional Radiology Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, 15, Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai 400 026, India

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Desai S B. Radiology education - pain and rewards. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2001;11:117

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Desai S B. Radiology education - pain and rewards. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2001 [cited 2019 Dec 11];11:117. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2001/11/3/117/30550
The constantly changing world of medical imaging technology necessitates that every resident keeps abreast with the advances that occur in the field of radiology everyday. As we explore into newer and refined technological advances, we broaden our horizons and set ever changing definitions for diagnosis. Consequently it is impossible for anyone to be a master of all trades. As the empire expands, modality specialization becomes a pre-requisite to excellence in ones field. It is imperative that we wake upto this need of the day and tailor our radiology education accordingly.

In today's era of colour Doppler, ultrafast, CT, MRI Interventional Radiology, it is necessary that all teaching hospitals in the country are well equipped to impart adequate training to their residents. Lack of resources should not be used as an excuse but as motivation for properly channeling revenue to buy state of the art machines in teaching hospitals. More and more private hospitals with abundant resources should indulge in academic activities with possible tie-ups with teaching hospitals. This will allow a radiology resident to have an overview of the entire spectrum of imaging during residency itself. By the time a resident finishes residency, be it 3 to 4 years, he/she should have a clear vision into his/her future career options. Subspecialisation can then be made possible immediately after residency. It is here that organizations like IRIA can play a pivotal role. We must institute training programs of 1-2 year during in various specialised hospitals dedicated to subspecialties like neuroradiology, vascular and interventional radiology, paediatric radiology and so on and so forth. Selection of candidates can be done by countrywide screening so as to allow everyone a fair chance. Government support as well as financial support of private sector companies would be welcomed in this regard.

There is also a need to promote research activities amongst our residents. We must encourage them to publish and present papers in national and international journals and events. This will permit our residents to keep pace with the rest of the world.

Education should not be confined to boundaries. We have the capability to evolve into leading educational centre in the world. We must institute international exchange programmes in the arena of radiology education as well. Fellowship programs supported by national level bodies like IRIA within and without the country will go a long way in this respect.

Visions are plenty, resources unlimited. The time has come for us to devise concrete plans towards betterment of radiology education. I call upon our readers to send in their views and suggestions with the hope that with your support, the future of radiology education will be outstanding.



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S B Desai
Dept of Imaging and Interventional Radiology Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, 15, Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai 400 026
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