Apr 08, 2023
Imagine this scenario:
You are at your plush diagnostic center in central Bangalore where you and your staff conduct CT scans, X-Rays, etc. for eight to ten hospitals across the city. After 5 pm, another team of 10 people come in to offer teleradiology services to your clients across the U.S. Your diagnostic center earns you a sweet 8 lakhs per month.
This is not an imaginary situation. It is an excerpt from a real story published in the Times of India by Journalist Seethalakshmi S. on September 15, 2013. And one can realistically assume that the 8 lakhs per month income mentioned above has only increased since then.
Radiology has been one of the most sought after branches for PG aspirants and the preferred choices of toppers. To take a most recent example, Dr Aarushi Nanwani (AIR-1, NEET PG 2023), considers Radiology as one of her top choices for MD as per a news report. And it is not just her. Many toppers who have the option of deciding which branch they want to pursue, list Radiology as one of their top choices.
And this choice has not changed in the last decade. In fact, with the recent technological developments, the coming of AI into the picture, and the renewed focus on work-life balance by the new generation of PG graduates has pushed Radiology even higher on the list of most preferred branches.
Let’s learn more about WHY Radiology, the top branch in NEET PG, is the most desired branch among all the others for PG graduates in the paragraphs below.
Just like any other medical field, being a Radiologist also means being involved in meaningful work. A radiologist is a key part of the diagnostic team that helps doctors reach the final diagnosis about what patients are suffering from.
There are a lot of advantages to choosing PG in Radiology as a branch. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should choose a career in Radiology:
According to our Radiology superstar, Dr Nikita Nanwani, if you choose Radiology, you will be able to earn much more than your peers right after you complete your residency.
Further, as per the data on Ambition Box, the Radiologist salary for experienced professionals can go up to rupees 43 lakhs per year. On the other hand, if you have your own private practice, the earning potential is unlimited.
Being a Radiologist is one of the few professions where you are able to enjoy work-life balance. The typical working hours for radiologists are from 9 AM to 5 PM. Better yet, if you are a freelancer who provides services to others, you are in complete control of your timings.
You can start as early as you want and finish up whenever you want to. Unlike other practicing doctors, you will never be called in for night shifts or emergency situations.
As a Radiologist, you will have to diagnose a wide variety of cases related to every part of the body. These include diagnosing brain infections, trauma or hemorrhage, fetal scans and chest scans. Moreover, academically, Radiology is an endless pursuit. There is always something new to learn and you will never feel stagnant or burnt out till the end of your professional career.
If you are a practicing doctor in any other branch with your own set up, you will not have a regular inflow of patients at your clinic because it takes time to build a reputation as a doctor and for patients to trust you.
On the other hand, for a radiologist, these things do not matter. Right from the beginning you will see a decent number of patients at your laboratory even if you are new in the market. This is because patients do not need to trust you as a person. They just need their reports and results.
This difference gives you a sense of satisfaction that you are able to apply the knowledge you have gained in college immediately without waiting to gain the trust of your patients.
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As a Radiologist, you can work from anywhere you want. The benefits of teleradiology include increased productivity, more flexibility resulting in increased work-life balance and a choice to subspecialize in a particular area.
This is the reason why toppers and most PG aspirants consider Radiology as one of their top choices. It’s good money, the work environment is good, and working hours are decent.
It is a great choice for a career and with new technology coming up, the possibilities for growth are endless.
If you secure a good rank in the NEET PG exam, you will undoubtedly be advised by your peers, seniors or other people to take up Radiology because it is a premium branch with high demand. Even if Radiology was never on your mind, the pressure from others might be enough to convince you. Choosing any other branch might make you feel like you’re wasting the opportunity that comes with your rank.
But there is no need to go through so much mental stress. We have curated a few excellent questions you should ask yourself before choosing Radiology as your branch. These questions have come directly from one of the star members of our Dream Team Next Edition, Dr Nikita Nanwani, MBBSS, MD, DNB and the faculty for Radiology at PrepLadder.
So how do you decide if Radiology is the right choice for you? Keep reading to find out!
The best way to make your decision is to spend some time in a private radiology set up or spend some time in a college with the Radiology residents. You can use this approach for any other branch whenever you are confused.
Once you get an idea of how the field works, it will help you understand whether you will like radiology as a profession, what a radiologist’s life looks like and whether you would be able to live with that profession all your life.
This is an excellent approach to follow. Usually the picture we have in our heads is very different from reality and this approach helps clear it up.
Do not take up radiology if you think that you are going to earn a lot of money by choosing this branch. It is true that Radiology is a branch where immediately after your residency you get paid a good amount of money as compared to the rest of the branches.
But, after a point of time, your skills will determine how high your salary will be. This is true for every other medical branch out there.
Moreover, you will reach a plateau with the amount of money you can earn from a job. On the other hand if you have your own setup there is unlimited potential on the amount of money you can earn from it.
Then again, that has its own pros and cons. You need a lot of investment and a lot of referrals from practicing clinicians. Therefore, money must never be the deciding factor for choosing Radiology.
Have you always imagined people looking up to you? Have you always admired the almost god-like status that doctors receive by society? Do you love physically interacting with patients and the joy that comes by looking at the smile on their faces?
If your answer to the above questions is a YES, then Radiology is not the right career choice for you. As a Radiologist, you will always be working behind the scenes. The patients will never know who made the report, or who performed the diagnosis. You will be instrumental in helping patients recover but you will never be in the spotlight.
A Radiologist is a doctor’s doctor. This means that all practicing doctors rely on radiologists to understand problems and narrow down a diagnosis but it is only the practicing doctors who physically interact with patients.
We hope this clears up your doubts. The information in this blog post is crucial for you if you have attempted the NEET PG 2023 exam and are waiting for counseling to choose your branch.
Even if you are going to attempt the NEET PG exam in the future and are confused about Radiology as a career choice, the information in this blog post will help you decide.
Radiology is one of the top choices for NEET PG toppers. It offers higher pay while starting out, better working hours, and is the perfect choice for those who want to pursue a non-clinical career.
Here are few of the top colleges for MD Radiology:
Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner.
Topiwala National Medical College.
Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur.
Tata Memorial Hospital - Mumbai.
Ranchi University, Ranchi.
GMC Miraj, Maharashtra.
Radiologists earn more than other medical branches right after PG. For private practitioners, the earning potential is unlimited.
Radiology offers good salary, good working environment, greater work-life balance and the opportunity to make a positive difference in patients’ lives without physical interaction.
Although the cut-off changes every year, in NEET PG 2023, the cut-off for the General category is 50 percentile, which falls somewhere around 366 marks. This means that the NEET PG rank for radiology for students aiming for M.D. Radiology should be close to 6000.
The cut-off depends on a number of factors such as number of students appearing for the exam, the difficulty level of the exam paper, and the availability of seats. If you want to bag Radiology you must be aware of these factors and aim for a suitable rank in the NEET PG exam.
Yes, you must appear for the NEET PG exam to get admission in M.D. Radiology. NEET PG is a national level examination that grants admission to several postgraduate courses in the medical field. Students must secure a high rank in the exam to secure admission at a reputable institute.
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Arindam is a Content Marketer who looks after the Medical Super Specialty segment, specifically the NEET SS category, at PrepLadder. He aims to help aspirants crack exams and realize their dreams through his work.
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