How portable are radiologists? Can you move around and change jobs every few years?

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I am very interested in radiology, and I am also very interested in living around the US during my career. Do these interests conflict? It seems that radiologists would be the most mobile of all the specialties, especially with the advent of teli-radiology.

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medder said:
I am very interested in radiology, and I am also very interested in living around the US during my career. Do these interests conflict? It seems that radiologists would be the most mobile of all the specialties, especially with the advent of teli-radiology.

Opinions? Thanks.
Definetely the best career choice if you want to move around... Although a lot of other fields offer locum tenens positions, I think radiology is the only field that offers a distant possibility of sitting on a cruiseship with a laptop and dictating.
 

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Actually, the majority of rads switch jobs maybe 2 times until they find a stable and equitable group that offers good income potential. Once they make partner, they tend not to move.

All the 'mobile' jobs like locums and employee positions are financially not attractive (long term) when compared with the real deal.

But yes, you are somewhat more mobile. For the most part, you don't have to build up a patient base. If you are doing a subspecialty, you do build up a referral base, moving around is not beneficial in that respect.
 
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medder said:
I am very interested in radiology, and I am also very interested in living around the US during my career. Do these interests conflict? It seems that radiologists would be the most mobile of all the specialties, especially with the advent of teli-radiology.

Opinions? Thanks.
Let's see how mobile you would like to be after finishing up medical school and doing 5 years of radiology residency. Tie that with the fact that you will likely have a wife and family 10 years from now.

Odds you will have the same interest in moving around the US 10 years from now.....1/100.
 

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medder said:
I have solid stats.. 3.98 GPA in biomedical engineering, 32Q MCAT, research, clinical experience, yada yada... and i always assumed I'd go to med school... but long overdue research into what life will be like for the next 8 years has suddenly left me hanging after I completed my AMCAS. I'm sure I'll get into med school, but now i'm doubting if that's what I really want. So, I'll go ahead and finish applying now, and then I'll decide later. That's my reasoning.

I want to know that I can accept a school's offer and then bail a few months later if I find out I got into pharmacy school (assuming I decide to go the PharmD route instead of medicine).
Not even in medical school?

odds.....just jumped up to 1/10000.

Don't you just love pre-meds asking career advice about radiology "because they are very interested" even before being accepted to medical school?

Now I know where this misconception that radiology is a "lifestyle" specialty originates...........................................Pre-Med Clubs.....
 
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