So, You’re Shiny New Junior Faculty: Now What?
Transitioning from radiology trainee to newly-minted faculty member
One day you're a resident or fellow looking at radiographs. You're making findings, drawing conclusions, recommending additional imaging, with your attending correcting your errors, editing your words, and challenging your judgment, simultaneously disagreeing with and encouraging you. The next day, you're the attending and the buck now stops with you, both figuratively and literally. The bill goes out with your name on it.
In this new reality, you scrutinize the images a little more closely and the uncertainty you successfully shed during your radiology residency creeps right back in, at least for a little while. Yes, going from student to resident to fellow to attending actually gets harder. But then, like everything else, you eventually get more comfortable with the weight of responsibility and you become speedier with your tasks with the confidence that signifies expertise. As you long as you are humble enough to acknowledge your limitations and to admit your mistakes, you can do this. Just like the rest of us who have made the leap, deep down you know you'll be fine.
The next edition of the Radiology Firing Line podcast discusses this resident-to-attending metamorphosis, as the dynamic duo of Saurabh (Harry) Jha, MD, and C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, joins forces with Sonia Gupta, MD, assistant professor at Temple University. The conversation also encompasses work/life balance or, as Dr. Hawkins puts it, work/life integration.
One of my favorite moments during this part of the podcast is Dr. Gupta's answer to a question about academic days. Listening to her will surely have many of you nodding in agreement, whether you chuckle or cringe while doing so. As you might expect, the podcast ends with the classic fill-in-the-blank: "I wish I had known ..."
What's your "When I was resident, I wish I had known..."? Tweet your answers to @JuliannaCzumMD. We'll collect your responses and post them here (kept anonymous), so come back soon to read what your colleagues have to say.