Radiologists’ pay-raise rates are flat. Administrators are working hard to earn bonuses. Lots of technologists are looking for new opportunities, and few PACS pros are skimping on time off (but not many are overdoing it either). See the numbers behind the factoids in the tabulated results of the 2019 RBJ Salary Survey.
The lopsided male-to-female ratio among radiologists and radiology residents—around three men for every one woman—has remained stubbornly constant despite years-long efforts to narrow the gap. This reality is reinforced each time the American College of Radiology conducts its annual workforce survey.
Consolidation has become the name of the game for many private radiology practices, but not everyone wants in. Many unaffiliated groups still prefer the independent side of the playing field, defending their turf by contracting to provide imaging services to hospitals and health systems.
The late, great business guru Peter Drucker (d. 2005) held that management is doing things right while leadership is doing the right things. The observation is timeless across industries, but “the right things” surely change over time and within arenas of human endeavor.
In past RBJ columns, we discussed why the absence of burnout does not equate to the presence of wellness. There should be more to the radiologist's professional life than simply getting through our workday until the weekend or to our next vacation. The ultimate goal should be to flourish, not just function.