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Fellowships in Radiology: Are They Necessary?

Fellowship after a diagnostic radiology residency is a matter of preference and personnel choice. In fellowship, you will gain specialized experience in a dedicated radiology field. This enables you to choose an academic or private practice career. Academic centers usually prefer fellowship-trained radiologists and hire general diagnostic radiologists to work in remote regional imaging centers or hospitals.

What Fellowship should you do?

In the capitalist market, the demand and supply of fellowship-trained radiologists vary year over year. Currently, breast fellowships are in great need due to increased demand, better salaries, and an excellent quality of life. Mammographers usually do not have on-call duties compared to other specialties. The following fellowships are available to choose from:

  1. Interventional Radiology- Salaries are higher, but at the same time, calls are more often.
  2. Cardiothoracic/ abdomen/ Musculoskeletal/Neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, emergency medicine, Pet imaging, and various other combinations can be negotiated with the departments.

Pediatric fellowship-trained radiologists usually have to work in academic centers – a significant drawback.

Does Fellowship Help in Recruitment?

Academic centers and private practices certainly love to have fellowship-trained radiologists. It does increase your marketability. In addition, if you decide to start in private practice and then want to move into academia, fellowship training will help you, and vice versa is also true. 

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Where should you do your fellowship?

Try to choose a named institution; it helps you develop connections since the fellowship institution is your last stop. When you are asked where you are from, your answer is the institution where you did your fellowship. You will be able to find good mentors in your fellowship training who can help you in your academic career. During the fellowship, you can work as an independent radiologist in practice and test your standing and how it feels to be alone making significant decisions while independently reading radiology studies. For example, is there a perforation of the bowel present or not?

Fellowship training also allows you to choose a hospital/academic center in the geographic area where you want to settle down in your life. It’s easy to move after residency and very difficult once you start working as an attending.

Consider your fellowship period as if you are interviewing for a job every day. Everyone will be observing you. If you work hard, they will be happy to offer you a position during your fellowship, saving you many headaches.