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Best Radiology Fellowships for Job Prospects?

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Currently a PGY1 in a small DR program. I know it is a bit early to start thinking about fellowships but we start applying for those in PGY3/4, so it does not hurt to ask around. Looking forward to what the pm101 hive mind has to say.

I am interested in all subspecialties and I know that will probably change as I progress in my training. But really my goal is to practice in either Toronto or Vancouver, so I will pursue whatever fellowship/subspec that will get me there. And yes, I know almost everyone wants to move to those two cities but hey, I am no different. I am a single dude with no attachments. I have lived, worked, studied in my province my whole life so I need and want a change. I have always wanted to move TO or Van, so I am unflexible on just this one aspect. Taking an income cut, working worse hours, high COLA and all that other stuff does not bother me.

Looking at job postings online, most of the ones in TO/Van are for IR. I have tried reading other forums online but those are mostly US, and seem to say mammo and neurorad are the ones who have no problem finding jobs in desirable locations. Is it the same in TO/Van? Am I oversimplifying this?

I know it is always best to ask people in my own program but I do not want to make it seem like I am unhappy with my small program and city and want to leave. Maybe I am overthinking it but I also do not want to lose mentorship opportunities or taint relationships by making it known that I have no intention of practicing here despite training here.

TL;DR which rad subspecialty will give me the best shot at getting a job in TO or Van?

Thx guys,
radSWITCH

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My tips: make yourself marketable. Unless you go full on academic with publications, research interests, etc, try to find and love procedures, breast, and chest. MSK/Neuro are great too, but tend to be a bit saturated or readily supplied. Breast/body is a great combo skillset, but I don't know if there is still as much of a need.

The ability to do anything and everything is ALWAYS an asset, but comes with the trade-off of having to either be amazing at everything or risk spreading yourself thin.

Junior residents have plenty of time to overcome "I hate MSK" or "I hate breast" or whatever else happens early on. I wish I had driven myself to love MSK more, but I never found it my cup of tea.

My humble thoughts - would love to hear others'. Open to discussing.

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I don't know how radiology groups work, as I've only known academic radiologists who've taken years practicing elsewhere to get jobs in the big cities. And even then I don't know much as my interactions with them have been limited to being sent down by my surgical teams to review a scan (hahah). 

There is probably no right answer but word of mouth will probably be a bigger friend than simply choosing the "right" fellowship. Two of my friends worked hard EVERY day of residency - literally never took a day off in their whole 5-7 years. Everybody in the hospital knew and liked them. They are now staff surgeons in very desirable cities, just one year after completing residency. Obviously this is an n=2 but getting a job that quickly as a surgeon in Canada is pretty damn impressive

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On 7/19/2020 at 11:43 AM, garlic said:

I don't know how radiology groups work, as I've only known academic radiologists who've taken years practicing elsewhere to get jobs in the big cities. And even then I don't know much as my interactions with them have been limited to being sent down by my surgical teams to review a scan (hahah). 

There is probably no right answer but word of mouth will probably be a bigger friend than simply choosing the "right" fellowship. Two of my friends worked hard EVERY day of residency - literally never took a day off in their whole 5-7 years. Everybody in the hospital knew and liked them. They are now staff surgeons in very desirable cities, just one year after completing residency. Obviously this is an n=2 but getting a job that quickly as a surgeon in Canada is pretty damn impressive

Cannot imagine the toll that takes on someone physically, mentally and emotionally. Suppose it was worth it in the end but geez.

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