Field Notes from the Rad Race (Conclusions on Choosing the Right Practice Type)

I’ve come to the conclusion of this series on choosing the right practice type. This blog post covers a few last noteworthy trends in the radiology employment market, and sums up some key points to keep in mind as you assess the different practice types and make decisions about your radiology career path.  Finally, I’ll round it up with 100ccs of common sense and a pinch of your elders’ wisdom.……


Talking Teleradiology: Trends, Tallies, and True Tales

BLOG POST ABSTRACT Teleradiology: the career choice for radiologists who want a life outside of work.  That’s (mostly) a joke and yes, the subject of this post is teleradiology.  If you’re a regular here, by now, you probably know I must begin this topic with a thorough splash of scholarly context.  Teleradiology as a practice subtype emerged in relatively recent years and continues to evolve…


Riding the Corporate Radiology Rollercoaster: The Good, Bad, and In-between

Blurred lines, conflicting loyalties, cut-throat competition, profitable, polarizing, a threat, a lifeline. No, it’s not a plot line from Grey’s Anatomy—it’s the rise of corporate radiology.  Okay, it’s not really that dramatic. Corporate radiology groups are just another avenue of employment with potential pros and cons like every practice type.  This post provides a basic overview of…


Roads Less Traveled: Don’t Overlook These 3 Practice Types

Here’s a quick refresher: this post is one of a series of blog posts that delves into some key distinguishing aspects of the 6 different radiology practice types, as defined by the ACR. In previous posts, I took an in depth look at the 2 most common types of practice—private practice and academic practice.  In this post, I’ll venture into less populated territory and explore 3 more radiology…


Adventures in Joint Ventures: The Academic Radiology/Hospital Relationship

Academic radiology’s relationship to hospitals is a fundamental component of the academic or medical school practice type. The relationship can be complex. While private practice groups merged and consolidated, academic groups participated in joint ventures. This is when a radiology group forms a third entity with a hospital partner—in a very general sense, a business model, combining and…


What to Consider Before Pursuing a Career in Academic Practice (Hint: Perk Alert)

Do you find the allure of scholarly pursuits irresistible? Are you passionate about education and/or contributing to the advancement of knowledge? Do your hobbies include accumulating credentials and publishing research?  Do you thrive in an intellectual, community atmosphere? Are you fond of tweed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, academic radiology may be the right practice…


A (Realistic) Overview of the Academic Practice Career

While the percentage of radiologists in the academic setting has remained relatively stable at around 20%-25%, academic radiology has not been immune to the changes impacting other radiology practice types, and indeed, medical practice, in general.  Practicing in academia isn’t as easy as it used to be due to a variety of complicating factors. If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in…


Under Pressure: Spotting Private Practice Trouble Zones

Many radiology private practice groups today are under increasing financial pressure and facing more obstacles and competition to stay viable.   No, I'm not saying it's doomsday for these groups, but there are very real issues that are and will continue to impact private practice. As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  In this post, I’ll take a more detailed look at some of the most…


A Peek into the Private Practice Work Environment—You Might Be Surprised

What's it like to work in a radiology private practice environment?  Experience may be the greatest teacher, but gaining a better sense of the lay-of-the-land is a good idea, too.  Of course, there are many variables that depend on where you actually work, but the private practice environment in general has some differentiating characteristics.  The following are some common, yet perhaps…


Legal Eagle Strikes Again! Private Practices as Corporations

Welcome to the final episode on legal forms of organization for a medical practice. In the previous post (in case you missed it), I covered business structure options including sole proprietorship, partnerships (general and limited), LLCs, and LLPs. In this post, I’ll cover the remaining legal entities: private practices operating as corporations. The two corporate forms are C corporations and…