Have you ever considered being the doctor who analyzes MRI, X-ray, and Ultrasound results and aid in diagnosing patients? Then radiology is the field for you. If you want to become a radiologist, follow these steps.
1. Get a Bachelors Degree
Most radiologists go to college and get a 4 year BS degree in either chemistry, biology or physics. Take as many science classes as you can- you will need them later.
While in school, try volunteering at medical institutions. You want to make sure the medical field is truly for you and that you can see yourself there in 5 years.
3. Medical School
After getting your Bachelor of Science, you must now attend medical school. This is usually for another 4 years. It consists of two years of classroom education in the sciences, such as anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and biochemistry, preceded by two years of clinical rotations in different areas of medicine, such as pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and internal medicine. This is great hands on experience.
4. On the Job Training
Now comes the part that seemed so far away in the beginning. After graduating from medical school, a physician must complete four years of a radiology residency, which is a combination of specialty medical education and paid on-the-job training, to become a radiologist. Residents complete clinical rotations in different subspecialties of radiology, attend lectures and conduct research.
5. Get Licensed
According to Study.com, a radiologist must be licensed in order to begin practicing medicine, and these licenses must be renewed occasionally. Radiologists must pass the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX). In addition, many radiologists are certified through the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (AOBR). Also, board certification is optional, but requires continuing education to be maintained which is needed for your career.
6. Start Practicing
Over 10 years later, and you are finally a certified radiologist! You now probably realize it was all worth it because of the satisfaction you get from helping patients and, let’s be honest, the salary. According to PayScale.com, a radiologists’ mean salary is $276,500.
At Rosetta Radiology, we boast four award-wining radiologists that help our patients on a daily basis. Becoming a radiologist is a length and difficult process, but our radiologists will ensure you that helping people on a daily basis is worth it.