Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Neuroradiology Rotation

Neuroradiology is just radiology of the brain and spine. Now that we're all on the same page ... what's up with this field?

I have been on this rotation for 5 days and have worked a total of 8 hours ... and by "worked" I mean sat in a chair and listened to the radiologists talk to each other. I show up (although I guarantee they wouldn't notice if I was absent) and listen to the attending and resident read films. All I do is I sit behind them and try to stay awake. Every once in awhile I provide my two cents, but only on non-medical topics (e.g. the war in Iraq, the Daily Show, or combinations of the two). I feel like I'm in high school again, shadowing doctors and contributing nothing.

With that said, I love this rotation! In case you missed it, I've been on this rotation for 5 days and have only worked 8 hours! That's less than 2 hours a day. I don't know if my interactions with these radiologists are representative of their profession, but if so, I'm entering the wrong field. Why work 10 hours a day when you can work 2 (and make more money too)? Working 2 hours per day is something with which I have absolutely no problem. I am really curious what the radiologists do the rest of their day, though ... procedures? scans? Either brain and spine scans are easy to read or there aren't that many performed each day.

Either way, I don't know ... and for once, I don't care. I'm enjoying my free time.


Anonymous said...

hey - you never did tell us what specialty you applied to!

Axis said...

Unfortunately, internal medicine ... where I won't be free after 11am everyday!

Anonymous said...

Awwww man - you know how to be a masochist.