Out of curiosity, with mammo jobs more plentiful, and I assume and it varies, but about what % of a fellowship-trained rad's reads are mammo? I know that after other fellowships you still do a wide variety of all sorts of reads but do they make them do a higher % of mammo, since they don't want to read them? Or is it a full time gig or something like that?
Since there is a mammo screening program in the US, mammo is high volume, though its RVUs are lower. Groups HAVE TO provide mammo service even if they don't want. It is a boring job and has high legal risk. Most radiologists don't want to do it. Even mammo trained radiologists are willing to give it up after a decade of doing it (similar to IR). In contrast, people are very happy to continue working as Neuro or MSK for the rest of their life. Thus, finding an IR or mammo job is easier.
There is a caveat about mammo. People who are good mammographers are the ones who do A LOT OF IT. Fellowship is not as important as doing a lot of mammo to get good at it and to keep being good at it. Mammo is different than most of radiology and you either have to do it at least 2-3 days a week or don't do it. However, in real world for business reasons, the situation is different and it is not uncommon for people to do one day of mammo.
It seems that more than half of mammo studies are read by generalists. However, if someone is mammo fellowship trained they have to expect to do mammo at least 50% of their time, unlike subspecialties of radiology. Many groups may hire a neuroradiologist, MSK or IR and have them do 30% of their subspecialty and 70% of general radiology. But if a group hires a mammographer, at least 50% or sometimes 70% of their job will be spent doing mammo. You can find a 100% mammo job (who wants to do that??), but most groups prefer someone who is willing to do some general radiology on the side esp participate in call. It seems that most mammo jobs are 50-60% mammo and 40% general.
I am happy that I don't have to do mammo in my job. Most radiologists will be happy to give up mammo (and IR). It is also not uncommon for groups to hire an MSK radiologist or neuroradiologist but make them do a lot of mammo or light IR. So doing an MSK, Neuro or even IR fellowship does not guarantee that you won't do mammo.