Recently, the management of St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx handed many of their radiologists in training a notice of termination of their residency program by next year. The hospital thought it was more financially prudent to replace their job with a teleradiology company that would examine and analyze its diagnostic images remotely.
This development has generally raised a big concern and fear in the minds of young trainee radiologists who had hoped that at the end of their training program they would begin to enjoy the whopping $400,000 per year salary package that some certified radiologists are known to earn.
Teleradiology companies, also known as nighthawk companies were initially employed when there is an emergency case in the night and there is no qualified radiologist to read the patient’s film. The film would be transmitted to a remote center where highly qualified radiologists would examine and analyze it, and then send back the results also electronically.
But today, the use of teleradiology services has extended to daytime operations, which is taking over the jobs of trainee radiologists in residence.
The implication of this, which confronts radiologists in residency program and those still in the medical school who are hoping to join the program after graduation, is that it is tough now getting into the program. In fact, the competition amongst young radiologists for a place in the training program has become intense, with some of them even begging hospitals to give them training opportunities while they work for free.
The situation is that desperate because they need the training to qualify and be certified radiologists for them to be able to get a job and begin to pay off the huge student loan hanging on the neck of many of them.
However gloomy the situation might seem for the radiologist in training right now, there is still a great future prospect for them. The profession is still one of the highest paying in the medical field, with lots of qualified radiologists earning above $300,000 annually.
Young radiologists who are having problem getting into a residency program can employ the option of getting a sponsor, probably a parent or spouse, who will be making donations to the hospital to cover their salaries (for working for the hospital as the law demands), while they will receive the so much desired training.
This video gives graphic explanation of Teleradiology