Organising a Taster Week
There are marks during the interview which are specifically allocated to demonstrate commitment to specialty. This is a great way to guarantee a few marks but make sure you do at least a full week.
Why do a taster week?
Apart from gaining extra marks for the interview, it allows you to experience how a department runs, engage with current registrars on their reasons for choosing radiology, observe consultants' roles which extends beyond just the clinical demands as well as have a first person experience in basic reporting.
How do I organise a taster week?
Honestly, all radiologists would love any one who takes an interest in their specialty. They would delight in helping you in organising a taster week. Approach a radiology consultant either in person or perhaps email their secretaries. I'm sure most consultants would prefer a face to face introduction first and would probably be surprised that you're not requesting a scan!
How do I get the most out of the taster week?
Simple. The best way would be to come up with an agreed plan with the supervising consultant/registrar.
1. Expose yourself to multiple modalities - Plain radiographs, CT, MRI, USS, Fluoroscopy
2. Practise reporting a few of the scans with the consultant/registrar next to you
3. Watch how to protocol/prioritise a scan and emulate if appropriate
4. Write down specific experiences where you could bring up in the interview - e.g. I had the opportunity to... attend MDTs...
5. Chat with the registrars about their interview experience
6. Discuss with consultants about the future of radiology
7. Perform a radiological audit
8. MUST get a signed letter to demonstrate your taster week in radiology
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The closing date: 1st of Jan 2016.