Some points from the article in RSNA news dealing with a very interesting discussion on Why More Women are Not Choosing Radiology as a Specialty-
Both men and women rank direct patient contact and intellectual stimulation as the most important factors influencing career decisions. For those who did not consider radiology as a possible career, lack of direct patient contact was the most important factor. For women, competitiveness involved in obtaining a residency position was also important.
Most medicals students do not get any significant exposure to radiology as a career until late in the third year or early in their fourth year, often after they’ve made a career choice. Lack of exposure to the specialty and lack of radiologists as role models are also additional reasons for not choosing radiology as a specialty.
Another important issue is radiation safety, particularly pregnant residents.
Something from my side, isnt this high time that such an important subject as Radiology is introduced as a proper subject in Undergraduate medical school... atleast in India the exposure of undergraduates to this speciality is minimal.. any comments from the experts?
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