Career Research Project
Lindy Couch

Necessary Job Skills

  • Use x-rays and radioactive objects to diagnose and treat diseases
  • Treat abnormal growths in the body with radiation, high energy sources, and radioisotopes
  • Give patients substances (called radiopaques) so they can see parts inside the body on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens
  • Work for clinics, HMOs, hospitals, the government, the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services, and private practice
  • Work with patients and their records, lab test results, imaging equipment, x-rays, radioactive substances, radioisotopes, radiopaque substances, x-ray films, and fluoroscopic screens

Educational Requirements

  • Minimum for Entry: A 4-year degree, plus graduation from an accredited medical school, passing a licensing exam, and completing at least four years of graduate medical education (residency).
  • Employers Prefer: A sub-specialty in a field such as nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, radiation oncology, radiobiology, neuroradiology, or diagnostic radiology
  • Skills/Courses: College courses include radiology and related medical subjects, as well as clinical work and research.
  • Certification/Licensing: All states require physicians to be licensed.

University of Iowa

     The University of Iowa has one of the best medical schools in the country, often ranking in the top 10. They specifically ranked #8 in the nation for best Radiology programs. They have a 4-year medical school program at the UI Carver Center for Medicine. They also have a 100% placement rate after college.

Memorable Quote

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.  -William Osler

Role Model

     Someone I look up to in my life is my Mother. I'm not saying it because it's cliche'd but because she has been the most influential to my life. Growing up in a single-parent household has made me appreciate the small things in life. That there's more to life than just objects and articles. Its the people you influence and the experiences. As a person and as a future medical professional, she has taught me that its not always about what it takes to treat the disease, its truly about the humanities and ethics behind it.

Learn more about Radiology

     A radiologist is a medical doctor who is trained to in using and interpreting medical imaging devices, such as MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and X-rays. Radiologists perform image-guided procedures but do not normally handle the general medical needs of a patient. Instead, they give the information from the imagine device to the physician of the patient. Radiologists may specialize in nuclear medicine, therapeutic radiology, interventional radiology or other sub-specialties. They earn around $380,000 per year.

Works Cited

      Z., Tanja. "Radiologist Job Description." Healthcare Salary World. Health Care Salary World, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 19 May 2015

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