You are a fourth year medical student. You’ve worked hard for three years, passed the USMLE with flying colors, conducted some spectacular extracurricular work. And you’ve decided to pursue diagnostic radiology. Continue reading
This post is part of a series on preparing for the radiology core exam.
No, I don’t actually have the answer to the whether gamification can improve learning effectiveness.
But my radiology class might find out first hand through our QBank Challenge!
This is the first in a series of posts about preparing for the radiology core exam.
September is an interesting month for third year residents. Your upper class residents finished the core exam 2-3 months ago and receive their scores in August. The new editions of preparation books for the next year are often published around this time.
And, if you are like me, September is the month you might do some practice cases from a question bank and realize the you have a lot of work to do.
This series of periodic short posts will documents the progress of my core exam preparation. I am at best a mediocre test taker who happens to procrastinate a lot; this is a bad combination for standardized testing. By keeping this series, hopefully I can keep up with what will be an overwhelming volume of information that I will have to know.
Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick predicted supercomputers more intelligent than humans. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL states, with typical human immodesty, “The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made… We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.” Forty years later, IBM’s Watson pummeled humans in Jeopardy – a distinctly human game. Continue reading
Starting a new residency is tough. With new opportunities come new challenges: balancing between learning a new discipline and getting involved in scholarly endeavors can be stressful in its own right.
A sound advice I heard as a first year resident was to hold off unnecessary involvement early during the residency. A free license to procrastinate.
However, procrastination implies a postponing of something inevitable, not to mention that research and quality improvement projects are parts of the residency requirement.
So the question remains, when does it make sense to get involved? And how? Continue reading
A signature is our handwritten imprint on a document for authenticity.
A signature is also a unique identifier for what is distinctly us, like DNA and fingerprint.
Your work, too, deserves a signature. It deserves a sign of authenticity, and if you are proud of that work, mark it yours. If the quality of the work is not to your par, then don’t put it out.
Just as importantly, the work is itself a signature. Innovation is as much about doing something new as it is doing something you. An easy and sobering way to decide is to first write down all the components of a project onto a list. Then, strike away all the parts that could be accomplished by someone else. Your team will always solve those problems. But if nothing is left, then you have learned that the project doesn’t need you.
That which remains, then, is uniquely you. It’s your value-added. Your signature.
The terminal destination of all products and services is commoditization. So that’s a simple answer, though one that’s not all that simple. The management journal Harvard Business Review dedicates several classic articles on the process of commoditization, including global competition, process modularization, and, simply, the natural resting place of a mature product.
So where does radiology sit in the natural growth process? More importantly – as junior residents – what have we gotten ourselves into?