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Advice for incoming R1s


New Member
2+ Year Member
Dec 22, 2016
Any upper levels have advice for us newbies? Anything you wish you had known or done when you were at our stage?

Also any advice on how to structure studying/resources used would be great
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Sep 15, 2011
  1. Attending Physician
This is from the recommended books thread for radiology residents and I basically agree. If you are at a program with low pass rates on the Core exam, try to be more aggressive with reading early on and consider personalized instruction.

Medical school/internship: read Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics

Week before rotation: read Core Radiology section relevant to upcoming rotation

During rotation (1st time): read basic book, such as Fundamentals of Body CT, Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology, Fundamentals of Pediatric Imaging, Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging, and selected books from The Requisites (e.g., Ultrasound)

During rotation (2nd time): read relevant Case Reviews +/- RadCases books

During rotation (3rd time or mini-fellowship): read more detailed book such as Stoller

During rotation (when encountering interesting or complex case): STATdx

During the year at random times (e.g., while eating breakfast, during commute, etc.): Aunt Minnie's Atlas and Imaging-Specific Diagnosis, Radiology Recall
Review for boards: read Crack the Core Exam, reread Core Radiology

Books not particularly helpful: Brandt and Helms
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Dec 21, 2011
  1. Resident [Any Field]
1. Pick up as many cases as you can
2. Try to study a little bit every day (this is much harder than it sounds) - Core Radiology is good for this
3. Keep StatDx and Radiopedia pulled up during the day and try to study as you encounter pathologies/differentials
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Oct 3, 2014
  1. Attending Physician
Keep an open mind. Find your own strategy for continuously learning and accepting changes to your beliefs without become defensive.

Even senior attendings are continually learning. Except when they aren’t... and beginning to slide into decay.


Fuzzy Tiger
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jul 29, 2001
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  1. Attending Physician
Everybody makes mistakes . its ok to say I dont know if its your first time seeing things. That's why you are in training. Learn from other peoples mistakes and your mistakes to constantly try and improve. Good attitude is important. I dont know many people who want to help or train people who have a bad attitude, are snide, appear like they are not paying attention , arrogant, conceited, being a jerk, etc. You get the picture.
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