A recent MCNTalk article describes changing perceptions and beliefs by U.S. doctors.
This New York Times posting “Job Prospects are Dimming for Radiology Trainees,” describes major disruption in the field of radiology – once one of the most coveted specialties from a compensation and lifestyle standpoint.
Recent radiology graduates with huge medical school debts are having trouble finding work, let alone the $400,000-and-up dream jobs that beckoned as they signed on for five to seven years of relatively low-paid labor as trainees….
“The times of graduating from medical school and driving a Porsche are done,’ said Dr. Dana Lowenthal, a first-year radiology resident and fourth-generation doctor. “It was never easy, but there was light at the end of the tunnel. This is new territory.” Read More…
A reader may feel a certain disconnect when noting that the 10% decline in average radiologist income still places them in the top echelons of the nation and are double that of primary care doctors. But it would appear, as we are seeing a similar trend with new law school graduates, that the prospects for new radiology trainees are far less promising. And that technology and payer behaviors, especially Medicare, are having a very disruptive impact on the profession.