A Career In Radiology

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The obstacles and opportunities that we experience in our lives collectively shape and define who we are and who we aspire to become. When I made the decision to dedicate my career to helping others through the practice of medicine, I couldn’t have imagined a more fitting specialty than Interventional Radiology. My past experiences as well as my work ethic and intellectual curiosity solidified my passion towards radiology. Furthermore, my penchant for patient care and procedural medicine attracted me towards interventional radiology.

Early on, during high school, my interests focused mainly on engineering, computer systems and software. As a hobby, I taught myself to use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dream Weaver.
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From the general surgeon referring a critically ill patient for a cholecystostomy, embolisation, or gastrostomy; the surgical oncologist referring for biliary drainage, or ablation; or the vascular surgeon referring the “complicated” patient, I was intrigued by the breadth of multimodal, multidisciplinary procedures and dynamic skills of a single specialty. The following July, I began my training in small radiology residency program (2 residents per year) primarily based at a busy community hospital; which currently holds the claim as the only NYC hospital with dual trauma certification (Level 1 Adult and Level 2 Pediatrics) by the American College of Surgeons, as well as being a regional stroke center. This unique training environment has given me the opportunity to build on the strong clinical and procedural foundation fomented during my surgical training. I have been privileged with an abundance of hands-on experience. Additionally, I have gained the trust of my attendings and technologists, and perform many procedures independently. All the while, I continue to arrive early and stay late to make sure my patients are optimally prepared for surgery and doing well post-operatively. One of the most rewarding experiences during this time has been the continuity of care I have been able to establish and maintain throughout my training. Often times, I’m able to initially read the presenting imaging studies from the emergency department, consult and perform the necessary procedure or biopsy during the subsequent days, and present the clinical course, imaging, and discuss treatment options during multidisciplinary conferences, such as tumor
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