You just might be a radiologist if…

By C. Douglas Phillips, MD, FACR, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
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Dr. Phillips is a Professor of Radiology, Director of Head and Neck Imaging, at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. He is a member of the Applied Radiology Editorial Advisory Board.

Imitation is a sincere form of flattery. Yes, I know. And, I also know I’ve done this idea before. So, I am imitating both the creator of this idea and myself for previously using it. It was pretty good the first time (my opinion and that of a few select others), and I’m going to try it one more time. So, once again, with thanks to Jeff Foxworthy for the original idea, I’d like to present to you my random musings on being a radiologist.

If you think SAM is a reason to be infuriated with your friendly local certifying organization, and not a good friend who lets you borrow their power-washer in the spring, you just might be a radiologist.

If you’ve found a way to use video games as a tax deduction (Hey! Sharpens my eye!), you just might be a radiologist.

If you wouldn’t know Chicago from Toledo in the spring or summer, but can find an RSNA bus stop, Michigan Avenue, or Morton’s steakhouse in a blinding snowstorm, you just might be a radiologist.

If you think K-PACS would be a bitchin’ movie with Kevin Spacey as a bright, slightly crazy MD who thinks he can read MRIs from distant planets, you just might be a radiologist.

If you like dark rooms, quiet voices, and lots of computer screens, and you’re not stationed on a nuclear submarine, you just might be a radiologist.

If you’ve ever smiled at the word “defecography” (NOPE…wouldn’t want to do one, and not so sure I even want to read the images), you just might be a radiologist.

If your kids think their mom/dad sees the insides of people for a job (and they are NOT TSA staff), you just might be a radiologist.

If you can distill a complicated case with hundreds of imaging studies and complex pathology into just 2 critical images to show your colleagues, and embellish the presentation with an old Far Side cartoon, you just might be a radiologist.

Occasionally, I wonder about the path that brought me to a job that involves looking at pictures. I’m obviously either a cinematographer or a radiologist.

Mahalo. 

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You just might be a radiologist if….  Appl Radiol. 

April 30, 2012
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