Shadowing a Doctor

March 23, 2015


Radiologists are a vital part of the healthcare system. These professionals are equipped with the medical knowledge that helps them understand and explain various medical complications through medical imaging. Radiologists work with various kinds of technologies and systems ranging from X-Rays and ultrasound technology to computerised tomography (CT), diagnostic imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The Job Profile of a Radiologist

Radiologists play a key role in diagnosing a patient’s condition as well as the ongoing observation or follow-up of patients’ progress.

A clinical radiologist not only manages patients but also often takes part in decision-making for the treatment of the patient. Radiologists who choose to specialise in interventional radiology often work as part of a team that consists of other primary healthcare specialists, together working towards the betterment of the patient.

The exact role that a radiologist plays in any setting depends on the type of industry in which they are involved. For example, those who work in private practices may focus more on reporting patients who have been referred to them. Those who work in larger institutions may also have the added responsibility of participating in team meetings and teaching other staff members as well as other related duties.

The Road to Becoming a Qualified Radiologist

In order to become a qualified radiologist, it is necessary to complete a 5-year training programme. Radiology is a very competitive field and entry into these courses is also very competitive. Candidates who apply for this course are judged on various criteria right from their academic records and interpersonal skills to their interest in research and their recommendations from past teachers or employers.

In order to be eligible for the radiology programme, it is necessary for the candidate to possess basic medical qualifications along with a minimum of two years’ work experience as an intern or resident. This programme starts with general radiology and you will then have rotations during the last two years, which are system focused.

Expected Salaries and Challenges in the Field

Radiology is a very rewarding field because it allows you to work alongside other health practitioners and make a difference to patients’ lives. Right from diagnosing a problem to coming up with treatment plans, radiologists provide overall patient care.

One of the key factors in this field is the need to stay up-to-date with the latest technological developments in the field so as to incorporate the latest technology into patient care. With the rapid pace with which technological advancements have been taking place in the last few years, staying updated is one of the biggest challenges that radiologists face.

There isn’t a fixed salary for a person in this field. The amount you earn will depend upon your experience, the establishment you are employed with and the geographical area that your workplace is located in along with a few other factors.


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Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives, and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.