Reports of Radiology’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Bluth_EdwardThis post was contributed by Edward I. Bluth, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR®) Commission on Human Resources.

Mark Twain once noted that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.  With the ebb and flow of reimbursement cuts and newly covered exams (and newly covered patients), along with reports of pigeons reading mammograms and artificial intelligence (AI) going to read everything else, you would be forgiven for thinking we were a dying breed. But, that has been greatly exaggerated.

A recent report from a large physician recruitment firm showed that, for the first time in a decade, (diagnostic) radiology was among the top 10 most requested specialties for recruiting assignments (for both on site and teleradiology)

As I stated in my recent report to the ACR Council at ACR 2017, we expect an increase of more than 14 percent in the number of jobs available for radiologists seeking opportunities in 2017.  More than 2000 diagnostic radiologists are projected to be needed to fill 2017 job openings.

Another report has the global interventional radiology market expanding by nearly a third by 2022. Radiation oncology is also expected to be in demand moving forward.

To be sure, radiology, like other specialties, has to evolve with changing health care delivery and payment systems, changing technology, practice consolidation and other factors.

However, the American College of Radiology (ACR) is working on multiple fronts to help you and our specialty move through these changing times on as solid footing as possible.

This includes a fleet of materials to help you:

  • Get your next job
  • Gain clinical and leadership/business skills to make you more marketable
  • Expand your practice
  • Understand the economic and technological forces that impact the field

These resources include (but are not limited to) the:

I would encourage you to take advantage of these ACR resources. I would also be interested to know:

  • Which skills do you think radiologists need to enhance or develop to make themselves more marketable?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the discussion on Engage (login required).

One thought on “Reports of Radiology’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

  1. In answer to your question: Radiologists need to develop their practices to become as clinically relevant as possible. Know what the important clinical question is and answer that.

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