Trends in Radiology Fellowship Training: A Canadian Review 2009-2011.
ABSTRACT PURPOSE: To assess the percentage, type, and location of radiology fellowships chosen by graduating Canadian residents between 2009 and 2011. METHODS: A short e-mail questionnaire was sent to the radiology program directors at all 16 institutions in Canada that provide English or French residency. The responses were collected between December 6, 2010, and May 20, 2011. RESULTS: A 75% response rate was observed for the survey: 76%-79% residents were enrolled in radiology fellowship training. In 2009-2010, 72%-73% of residents remained in Canada. This dropped to 51% in 2011. In 2009-2010, 22%-23% of residents chose U.S.-based radiology training. This rose to 49% in 2011. Europe was chosen by 0%-4% of residents: all of whom were French-speaking residents, and all programs were in France. Relatively consistent percentages of radiology residents choose abdominal (19%-30%), cardiac (4%-7%), musculoskeletal (12%-20%), and pediatrics (2%-5%) from year to year. Greater variability was noted in chest (2%-9%), women's imaging (0%-14%), intervention radiology (6%-18%), and neuroradiology (2%-18%). Radiology fellowships in split subspecialties, which were available at a small number of institutions, were chosen by 8%-9% of the residents. CONCLUSIONS: Nearly 4 of 5 residents choose radiology fellowship training. In 2011, there was a 2-fold increase in the number of residents who chose training in the United States. This may be a 1-year outlier but should be observed. A wide range of fellowships were chosen, with consistent numbers in some core fellowships and variability in others year to year. Limited exploration of the rationale for, or employability value of, radiology fellowship choices has been done in Canada. Nearly 1 of 10 residents chose split radiology fellowships, an option limited by availability at few centers. The value of expanding this option is worthy of investigation.
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ABSTRACT: Most diagnostic radiology residents undergo fellowship training. Applications for fellowship positions are submitted during the third year of residency. We compared the number of residents undertaking fellowship, accepting jobs, and rescinding accepted fellowship positions to accept jobs. During the 47th Association of University Radiologists meeting, participants from the American Association of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology completed a questionnaire regarding the intentions of third- and fourth-year residents in their programs. Seventy programs, representing 402 fourth-year and 395 third-year residents, responded. Of fourth-year residents, 322 (80.1%) accepted fellowships and 41 (10.2%) accepted jobs. Of third-year residents, 335 (84.8%) accepted fellowships. Eighty-eight (27.3%) fourth-year residents and 95 third-year residents (28.4%) accepted interventional radiology fellowships, and 104 (32.3%) fourth-year residents and 96 (28.7%) third-year residents accepted body imaging fellowships. Most residents who accepted fellowships did so in the same city in which they completed their residency training. Of fourth-year residents who accepted fellowship positions the year before, 14 (4.3%) withdrew their acceptance to pursue employment. Most residents opt for fellowship training in interventional radiology or body imaging. We postulate that the practice of accepting fellowships during the third year of residency may contribute to the percentage of residents who rescind fellowship acceptance to pursue employment. We suggest that consideration be given to changing this practice.American Journal of Roentgenology 06/2000; 174(5):1211-3. · 2.90 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The authors performed this study to examine the factors, particularly the modifiable factors, that influence the career choices of radiologists immediately after graduation from residency and later. A survey was sent to 119 radiologists who had graduated from a large academic training program between 1981 and 2000. The graduates were asked to classify their first job and any subsequent jobs in academic radiology or private practice and to identify the reasons for their initial job choices and any job changes. A nested cohort study was performed to evaluate the effect of research experience on career choice. Seventy-nine (66%) graduates responded to the survey. Forty-three (54%) of the respondents had chosen academic positions as their first jobs. Those who had published during their residency were 26.4 times more likely to choose an academic position as a first job. Twenty-four graduates had since left their academic jobs for private practice. Although the discrepancy in financial rewards between academic radiology and private practice was the main reason for the job switch in 71% of these cases, 33% of the respondents cited difficulty with research as a reason. In addition, only 25% of current academic radiologists were satisfied with their research activities. An exodus from academic radiology to private practice is evident among graduates from this large academic residency program, with greater financial reward being the primary motivation. However, a positive research experience during residency could persuade more graduates to choose and to continue in an academic career.Academic Radiology 02/2003; 10(1):45-51. · 1.91 Impact Factor
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