Anybody who is interested in becoming a radiologist should know that the pathway to becoming one is a long road. However it is a rewarding career and it is worth pursuing, regardless of how long it takes to become one. Read on to find out how to become a radiologist.
Education Requirements to become a radiologist
Getting an education is very important when a person wants to become a radiologist. As mentioned earlier a radiologist is a doctor and doctors have to complete many years of schooling.The first thing a person will need to do is to enrol into a college and get a bachelor’s degree, which will take about 4 years. A person will need to take a variety of courses relating to radiology to become a radiologist. Taking pre-med courses is a must. Excelling in science, writing and communications is a must because radiologists need excellent writing and verbal skills. They also need to be very good at science. A person will need to maintain a good grade point average because they will need a good GPA in order to qualify for medical school.
If a person does not want to major in science, then they should major in biology, physics, chemistry or anatomy.As mentioned earlier a person will want to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be able to qualify for medical school.
The MCAT Exam
During junior year of college a person will need to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A person will need to score a 24 in order to be eligible to enroll into medical school. Once the person has passed their exams they will then be able to apply to medical school.
Enrolling In Medical School
Enrolling into medical school is the next step to become a radiologist. A person will need to decide which medical school they want to apply to. They should take the time to look into different accredited medical schools. The best way to find accredited medical schools is by going to the American Medical College’s website. This is where a person can find a list of accredited medical schools they can apply to. Once a person is accepted into medical school they will spend a total of four years there. The first two years is when a person will spend a lot of time in the classroom and in the laboratory. The final two years of medical school is when students will learn about different areas of the medical field. A student will have to decide what their speciality is in the fourth year of medical school, which will be radiology .
Once a person has completed medical school they will need to do a residency program. This is also known as a post-graduate program. A person can expect to be in a residency program for 4-5 years. The first year of the residency program is when a person will learn all about general medicine. The last 3-4 years is when a person will learn all about radiology. A person should keep in mind that they will have to choose a residency program that meets their needs.
A person will also have to choose a sub-specialty in radiology. oncology, pediatric and interventional are just a few of the options a person will have. When a person chooses their sub-specialty they will spend another two years in a fellowship program.
A person who chooses pediatric radiology as their sub-specialty will learn how to do diagnosis for children. They will also learn about different types of treatment when they find problems in children. A person who chooses oncology will learn how to diagnose and treat cancer patients while interventional radiology is aimed at teaching a person how to use invasive methods to diagnose and treat patients.
The Final Requirement to become a radiologist
The final thing a person will need to do is obtain their certification and license in radiology. There are a few different tests a person will need to take before they receive their certificate and license. A person can expect to take and pass oral tests, clinical tests and cognitive tests. When a person passes their exams they will receive their certificate from the American Board of Radiology. However a medical license for radiology will be given to a person when they pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Once a person receives their certificate and license they will finally be a radiologist.