Aaargh said:can somebody give me some info on the lifestyle of an INR? Is this more like a surgeon? Heavy call? Are the opportunities after fellowship all in academia? Thanks
samsoccer7 said:That was long-winded, sorry. Feel free to discuss more.
hans19 said:Lifestyle is basically equivalent to a surgical one. INR is a hardcore field. Many high risk procedures and less than ideal outcomes -- embolize the wrong vessel and you've caused a stroke. The call can be heavy. Compensation is very high due to limited supply. I would say there are more opportunities in Academia than PP simple because its such a highly specialized field and you need a fairly large patient population to get your cases. Academic centers tend to be tertiary referral centers as are large hospitals in large metro areas.
Expect to do your fellowship along side neurosurgeons and perhaps even neurologists in the future.
The radiology path to INR is 5 years of residency plus 2 of diagnostic neuro + 1 of INR = 8 years!
Its an awesome field. Good luck if you decide to pursue it.
f_w said:> I was told by some of my rad buddies that comp
> is equal among partners regardless of subspecialty
> or being just a generalist
Yes, most rads groups operate on the 'Kolchose' model. Some will offer a higher salary during the employee phase to people who have a 'high demand' specialty, but at the partnership level people tend to have pretty equal pay. Some practices have some sort of RVU based incentive model creating a perennial source of bickering amongst the partners.
Some INR's are in independent single practice, but most are with groups (In PP INR is often one of the specialties subsidized by the group. It has political advantages of offer it, even though the service is often not commercially viable.)