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Do you follow the recommendations you give to your patients? 

  • In diagnostic radiology, patients are rarely our patients! But generally, I would say yes.


What do you think is the most difficult medical practice? The easiest ? 

  • The most difficult: obstetrics. The easiest: dermatology or nuclear medicine.

Would you be friends with your colleagues if you had met them outside of work? 

  • For many, yes.


What do you think is the most important factor for a successful residency in your specialty?  A career in your specialty?

  • Good ability to synthesize and organize thought, to be able to learn everything there is to know, and easily differentiate between what is important and what is less important. For a successful career in radiology, you must above all have good communication skills, because our role is to respond in a relevant way to the question of the referring doctor.


What is the best advice you have received? 

  • To be kind and respectful to all hospital staff, regardless of their role, because what we do would not be possible without them


How many hours of work per week on average?

  • 50 hours


What do you dislike most about your practice?

  • Lack of resources to meet service needs.


Is it true that some radiologists sometimes work from home?

  • Yes, the vast majority of radiologists are able to perform diagnostic readings from home, and do so regularly. But most only work from home to complete the work on their personal time, and remain assigned to the hospital attendance schedule most of the time.


Do you think artificial intelligence (AI) will replace radiologists in the future?

  • No, but it will greatly help radiologists to cope with the ever-increasing demand for imaging, and will help radiologists take image interpretation further


Do you miss the clinical aspect of medicine in radiology?

  • No, because I mainly do interventional radiology and a large part of my practice is clinical. But even in diagnostic radiology, there is a very satisfying portion of clinical involvement.


Is the practice of radiology outside of Canada similar to that in Quebec?

  • Relatively, yes.


What kinds of techniques can a radiologist do?

  • A general radiologist can perform many imaging-guided techniques: joint infiltrations (peripheral and spine, bursa, tendons), abscess or effusion drainage, biopsies (liver, kidney, bone, breast, lungs, lymph nodes, thyroid, etc.) ), nephrostomies, lumbar punctures, etc.


What is the most common criticism you receive?

  • Not personally, but sometimes radiologists are described as unavailable, or cantankerous when called. In fact, some people are sometimes only irritated when they are called, because they have a long list of tasks and exams to read, and they are frequently contacted to answer questions, and this sometimes makes it difficult to stay focused. When you get to know them, they are invaluable and even often friendly consultants!


How would your colleagues describe you? 

  • Calm, composed, available, rigorous.


If you had to specialize in something else, what would it be and why?

  • I wouldn't change my specialty for many reasons. That said, if I have to answer, I would say that as you get older, quality of life becomes more important. So I would say maybe radiation oncology (range of patients and interesting pathologies, numerous interactions with several specialties, specialty in constant development, no call duty, little stress).


Does your specialty take jokes well at work?

  • Yes ! The residency and practice in radiology is an excellent environment for joking, we are exposed to many situations that are conducive to laughing.


Do students/residents sometimes make you feel overwhelmed? 

  • No


If your specialty had to have a romantic relationship with another which one would it choose? 

  • Funny question. Nuclear medicine would rather be the brother or the sister. Difficult to choose a medical specialty or specialized surgery, several could be our mistress, with ups and downs!

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