The Changing Board Exam Schedule in the U.S.: Will General Radiologists and Emergency Radiologists Become Synonymous?




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Department of Radiology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA

 



Abstract

Change is a constant in radiology. Yet the visibility of that change depends upon the thing altered. The introduction of a new modality or an advanced technique is readily manifest as it is demonstrated in the production of novel images. Modifications of reimbursement or the announcement of new regulations are usually publicized before their imposition so that while they may be startling, they are not unexpected, at least in the immediate term. In contradistinction, there are profound changes that do not broadcast their arrival as they are the result of gradual alterations of attitude or slowly developing realignments of opportunities or even sometimes the subliminal redirection of perspectives held by regulators policy planners, or competitors. Such new realities are generally perceptible in both their evolution and inevitability by those attuned to look for trends. Yet for most radiologists, they are apt to burst on the scene assertively, belatedly and unheralded.


Change is a constant in radiology. Yet the visibility of that change depends upon the thing altered. The introduction of a new modality or an advanced technique is readily manifest as it is demonstrated in the production of novel images. Modifications of reimbursement or the announcement of new regulations are usually publicized before their imposition so that while they may be startling, they are not unexpected, at least in the immediate term. In contradistinction, there are profound changes that do not broadcast their arrival as they are the result of gradual alterations of attitude or slowly developing realignments of opportunities or even sometimes the subliminal redirection of perspectives held by regulators policy planners, or competitors. Such new realities are generally perceptible in both their evolution and inevitability by those attuned to look for trends. Yet for most radiologists, they are apt to burst on the scene assertively, belatedly and unheralded.

Just such a metamorphosis will soon occur in the U.S. 30 years ago, with the advent of cross-sectional displays accorded by CT and ultrasonography, we took on the roles of interpreter and explainer to referring physicians about 3D phenomena as depicted in stacks of 2D slices of information, encompassing the span of a body region. We became the keystone of the diagnostic process for most conditions as advances in CT, provided with each quantum improvement in pictorial rendering, more incisive and comprehensive images whose diagnostic import could only be discerned by the application of our distinctive knowledge and specific training.

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Apr 27, 2016 | Posted by in GENERAL RADIOLOGY | Comments Off on The Changing Board Exam Schedule in the U.S.: Will General Radiologists and Emergency Radiologists Become Synonymous?
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