Six essentials all incoming radiology interns should know

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Congratulations on reaching the internship stage of your radiology education!

Check out our list of medical internship tips to help you make the most out of this pivotal time in your education.

1. Use a variety of information sources for learning.

There are plenty of learning tools available to you, so take advantage of them!

2. Nurture work relationships.

As an intern, you’ll be developing a reputation that will follow you the rest of your education.

“Try to engage your team,” says Reddit user Bigleaguechyut. “Being honest, on time, and willing to help out your fellow interns will pay dividends when you are the one needing a favor.”

3. Maintain your calendar.

Following a schedule can be crucial in healthcare, especially in a fast-paced environment. Keep close track of your calendar so you don’t forget anything.

4. Protect your health.

“You should not sacrifice your health to be a doctor,” says Reddit user MikeGinnyMD. Get regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet. Consider outsourcing daily chores, such as cooking or laundry, to create leisure time.

5. Maintain good consult etiquette.

“Call me [for consults] as early as possible,” Reddit user throwawayms4 tells medical interns. “Also…please talk to your upper level before calling consults. If you can't give me a story with at least the basic relevant information, it's just going to be a frustrating conversation for both of us.”

6. Follow changes to your specialty.

Radiology is constantly adapting to technological advancements and regulatory changes. Follow new developments to keep your knowledge fresh, improve your patient care, and increase your competitiveness in the job market.

Curious about new developments in radiology? Check out the rest of the Novarad blog for up-to-date radiology news and information.

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