We all know that becoming any type of medical professional takes a lot of work. Years of medical school focused on your specific profession and years of specialized training. This is no different for radiologists. Here at Clovis MRI, we are lucky to have not only one, but two radiologists on board with us. Dr. Lord and Dr. Domson looks at your imaging results and are the ones who help diagnose you.
Dr. Domson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in Radiology at the University of South Florida. He has been in practice for over 19 years, and is licensed to practice in NE, NM, CO, FL, and GA. He specializes in Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging, and is certified by both the American Board of Radiology and the Florida Board of Medicine.
Dr. Lord graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and has been in practice for over 19 years. He specialized in Radiology, and is certified by the American Board of Radiology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has his medical license in 5 states, including MN, NE, NM, CO, and FL. Also, Dr. Lord is a sub-specialist radiologist with expertise in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cardiac, and Musculoskeletal Imaging.
Thinking about radiology as a profession? Here’s the steps you need to follow to become one of these specialized doctors:
1. Get a Bachelors Degree
Most radiologists go to college and get a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in either chemistry, biology, or physics. Take as many science classes as you can, you’ll certainly need them and start ahead of the game.
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. Ask around local offices. Hospitals are also a great place to learn and usually have volunteer programs.
3. Medical School
After getting your Bachelor of Science comes the fun part, medical school! This is usually for another 4 years. First, you’ll have 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 so when you graduate you’ll not only have what you learned stored away, but also hands on experience.
4. On the Job Training
Now that you’re finally done with 8 years of schooling, you can complete the part that seemed so far away in the beginning, on the job training! Physicians 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
Here’s the last step! It’s no secret that a radiologist must be licensed in order to begin practicing medicine, but did you know 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. Both of our radiologists are certified by AOBR.
Congratulations, if you got certified you deserve it! You now probably realize it was all worth it because of the satisfaction you get from helping patients. It also doesn’t hurt that according to PayScale.com, a radiologists’ mean salary is $276,500.
With all the schooling and experience, nobody would doubt the qualification of radiologists. There’s years of work ahead of you if it’s the career you want to prepare for. When it get’s tough, just remember it’s all going to be worth it! Good luck with your studies, and don’t forget to take some time to relax!