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Nuclear Medicine: Past, Present and Future Part II

March 2, 2009
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Nuclear Medicine: Past, Present and Future Part II

The nuclear medicine specialist of the near future must exhibit excellence in scintillation-generated imaging studies, and cross-sectional studies generated from other energy sources.

By Stephen R. Baker, MD, Special Presentation, March 2008

Challenges on the horizon: Training

The recently announced changes in the content, format, context, and velocity of the radiology for examinations are one challenge facing nuclear medicine.

My feeling is that the new exam requirements will never lead to a heightened emphasis on subspecialty training.

According to the suggested changes, four-year residency in radiology will likely soon consist of two parts.

The first three years will focus on general instruction in radiology, culminating in a qualifying examination.

This will leave the fourth-year residency open for the pursuit of a yearlong fellowship within the residency.

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Many programs will elect to offer a prolonged fourth-year course of radiology dedicated to one area.

The resident may continue instruction in this particular subspecialty during a formal fellowship in the fifth year.

Other residents may elect to pursue the study of one modality while in the fourth-year residency, and a secondary specialization in a fellowship program following in the fifth year.

The effect of these changes will probably lead to more and more residents electing specialty training and practice.

Some may cut straight solely on one area of imaging, while others may gain competence in two areas.

The consequence will be that it is likely that more radiology residents will spend at least one year in nuclear medicine training, and will then graduate with the capability to inform all nuclear imaging in addition to being qualified to do other diagnostic radiology tests.

So what will the implications of this new training regime be for the future of nuclear medicine?

In Part II, Dr. Baker will look at further challenges in the field of nuclear medicine.

CME Courses Available:

 

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-- Diagnostic Imaging Review: For Residents, Fellows and Radiologists UCSF’s Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging recently conducted its annual radiology review course. It will soon be available in two video formats to meet your needs— DVD and MP4. Order now to get your special pre-publication discount. Read more or order: Diagnostic Imaging Review
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