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PHYSICIANS: Pity the poor radiologist

They are “frustrated” by Liability and Lifestyle Issues, only 7% them are truly happy—although 70% would do it all over again if they had the chance (more than most other doctors). And only 25% of them make more than $400K a year and 40% have to struggle by on less than $300K.

But pretty clearly these are the good old days for radiologists. Methinks that if they don’t like it now, the average radiologist may be in for a rude shock in the next decade or two, as technology will make their skills increasingly exportable to other cheaper radiologists abroad and replaceable by computers reading images. Of course, they’ll not be quiet in defending their lucrative turf, and demand for imaging will just keep going up, so their future isn’t quite that of the steel worker in the 1980s.

But this is one place to watch in the coming years.

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Radiologist
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Radiologist

You are an idiot.

A Radiologist
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A Radiologist

Bill Clinton to speak at RSNA 2010, fee anonymously paid by whom? RSNA turns into AMA.

Health Care Degree Major
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Thad is too bad. Living on anything under $400k is so tough these days. Fact of the matter is that health care will always be in demand which keeps the entire profession living comfortably.

tra
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tra

im currently a high shool student interested in the study of radiology. i feel intimidated due to the amount of schooling and i dont really know what to expect, do you have any advice for me? it would really be a huge help.

Dr. Ajay
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Hi, I have found this interesting discussion with comments related to Radiologist through google search. Being a Radiologist, I disagree the statement ‘Pity the poor radiologist’. In fact the other way it is true. I agree that competitions between Radiologists has increased because abrupt increased in number of CT/MRI centers. But there is also increased in number of diagnostic investigations. Couple of decade back prescribing CT was quite rare. But now you can see CT, Mammography and MRI have become common tests for the investigating any disease. Also there is increased in the payment of Radiologists. I feel everybody should… Read more »

anradino
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Some dude is about to join our residency program as PGY 2. He somehow skipped the drug test and did not show up on senior electives after his match. Was junior AOA at NYMC. Go figure!

Ed Ruth
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I have been noticing (down in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida area) a lot of radio commercials that have radiologists talking about the education process they went through to become a radiologist. I was wondering why they went throught the trouble of advertising, but your posting makes it clear. I would say that radiologists are starting to worry about remote radiology services that offer low cost services and the technology increases mentioned above. If less skilled/educated technicians can perform these services from remote locations, then the industry is in for a big change. And considering what the radiologists had to pay… Read more »

Steven Chan
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Great blog post about the future of radiology. In fact, you are totally right about the digitization of radiology images. In fact, because of digitization, the product of image interpretation and images are being commoditized–it is a hot topic this year among radiologists and their societies such as the ACR (American College of Radiology) and was the topic of a keynote address at last years RSNA (Radiologic Society of North America). Teleradiology, WITHIN our own borders, are competing with local groups and as you all know, with competition, price goes down… so radiologist salaries WILL go down and it just… Read more »

Medical Imaging for IT Professionals
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I do not pity them. I fear them. There is perhaps nothing more ill-behaved than an irate radiologist.
Just a thought.
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Solar Low
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Solar Low

Hello,
I have a position Radiologist position in Kansas, i would like to know if anyone might be interested.

g chen md
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g chen md

As a radiologist I pity the public who walk into an ER injured or ill and have their films sent to someone without a medical degree overseas. I am in my mid thirties, have spent the last 10 years doing residency (6) and medical school (4) , not to mention original research and teaching. This is on top of my Ivy league education which wasn’t cheap. My first year as a MD I made over 20,000 dollars as a resident. I have never surpassed 50,000. Sure one day I will make decent money, but I will also be more prepared… Read more »

jim
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I dated a radiologist who made $50K a year in the last year of a fellowship. This person worked about 80+ hours a week for 4 years of residency and another year of fellowship in addition to 4 years of med school and 4 years of undergrad where they were always under the gun in terms of having to perform 100%; no Bs allowed on the ole transcript. Their debt when they were finally done, was about $225,000. This is with a public medical school at in state tuition. No underrepresented group membership, so there was little aid available despite… Read more »

jim
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jim

I dated a radiologist who made $50K a year in the last year of a fellowship. This person worked about 80+ hours a week for 4 years of residency and another year of fellowship in addition to 4 years of med school and 4 years of undergrad where they were always under the gun in terms of having to perform 100%; no Bs allowed on the ole transcript. Their debt when they were finally done, was about $225,000. This is with a public medical school at in state tuition. No underrepresented group membership, so there was little aid available despite… Read more »

Sunny
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Sunny

Disclosure: I’m MS2. I also don’t have to pay for a good deal of my education (generous, wealthy parents). We have to ask who ought to be paid for healthcare. Is it the hospital and the people who provide the care? Or is it the corporate insurance companies? Yes, physicians are not poor. But why aren’t they justified about complaining of lowering salaries? After all, medical school tuition is just going up. Most medical school graduates are so in debt that the first thing that they want to do is jump into a specialty that will get them out of… Read more »

doc1
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If anyone thinks that radiologists/or any doctor has it so good, then why don’t you quit your job and go to school for the next 10 years, not be paid, and oh yeah, owe $200K in debt. Then when someone says to you “oh poor you” or “you shouldn’t think about money” see how you feel.
Why is it that doctors are supposed to be people who can’t care about their financial situation? It’s a double standard no one else would ever endure.