GUEST POST: How I Became a Radiologist

One of the great benefits of running FPMD is the opportunity to network with other physician bloggers.  We have a truly vibrant community and I encourage you to visit all of the sites listed in the Future Proof Blogroll.  Today I'm honored to feature my very first guest post at the increasingly popular #LIFEOFAMEDSTUDENT.  No it doesn't have much to do with money, but you get the full story on how I became a radiologist.  An excerpt is provided below.

Choosing a specialty is possibly the most important decision you have to make as a medical student. As you probably realized by now, the physicians you work with are just as unique and varied as the patients.  While there are certain “type casts” (insert any Gomerblog post here) in every specialty, it should be no surprise that everyone has a different story.  Let me share with you how I became a radiologist (in-training)…
I went into medicine because of my grandfather. He was a country-side doc in a very poor old China and dedicated his life to serving a small rural village.  My dream was to follow in his footsteps and become the local doctor for a rural community.  In fact, my choice of medical school was heavily influenced by the quality of the associated family medicine program – I was 150% sure I was going to become a family doc.  However, as I progress through my medical education, I realized that the practice of medicine in the United States is very different from my home country of China.  For one, it is very difficult if not impossible for a general practitioner to be the expert on everything.  And two, I found myself very much bored at managing chronic conditions.  So I started looking for another career choice.

Read the rest at #LIFEOFAMEDSTUDENT.


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Future Proof, MD

Dr. Bo Liu is an aspiring radiologist-in-training and the founder and editor of the White Coat Money Blog.  He has an interest in interventional radiology and helping his medical colleagues get ahead in this mad world of medicine and money.  When he's not crushing the list at the PACS station or typing up your next favorite blog post, you can usually find him at the local badminton club, movie theater or the most recently opened restaurant.