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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63
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;11:63

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Radiology education in India has undergone a sea change from the days in which it was well and truly restricted to interpretation of X rays to the modern age of MRI. With the advances in medical technology, there has also been a consequent increase in the requirement for trained radiologists. As with all specialty medicine, there is an urge as well as a requirement for all newly trained radiologists to excel in a given modality. The era of pan radiologists is (with a few notable exceptions) well and truly gone. In the backdrop of these changes certain developments have been taking place in the field of radiology education that may produce worrying effects in the future. The chronology of becoming a radiologist is such; duration for a medical degree course is of five and a half years followed by a year of rural service in any part of Maharashtra. The prospective radiologist is lucky if he/she gets admitted for a degree course (which will ensure his completion of post graduation in three years). If perchance he/she gets admitted for a diploma course, the problems are just about to begin. Aspiring for a DNB degree entails a further 2 years of residency. This is followed by a further year of rural service following post-graduation. At the end of this ordeal, the radiologist is at least 27-28 years of age. Now with the increasing competition among radiologists to excel in a given modality, two to three years are spent gaining some expertise in the particular field. Some may even aspire for a stint abroad after this! So that, by the time the "young radiologist" settles down to start practice, "young" becomes a misnomer. There is a natural tendency for all residents to compare themselves with their peers in terms of family stability and finance. There is therefore a dire need for organisational support like IRIA and other bodies in bringing up these issues with the government health administrators as well as providing for support in career guidance. This will ensure a dignified existence for them, which will enable them to wholeheartedly concentrate on radiology rather than worrying about trivial matters. The issues and solutions to these problems are complex. The aspiring radiologist should have some sort of an assurance or a guarantee that he/she would be able to continue at the same place till the examination criteria are fulfilled. This would not only allow them to have unhindered dedication but also avoid mental trauma of hunting for posts in stiff competition. After a certain proficiency in all modalities, there should be an attempt to specialize into a certain field of interest. The objective served by these measures would ensure a contented residency and benefit both the institution and the candidate.

These problems require to be tackled swiftly in order to tackle the radical changes that are taking place in radiology education in India. In order to ensure that radiology in India keeps pace with radiology in the west, budding radiologists have to be encouraged to pursue newer subspecialties in radiology such as neuroradiology, vascular and Interventional radiology, pediatric radiology and body imaging. We shall look at the potential of these emerging subspecialties in the next editorial.

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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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