Stay Sharp

What are a few ways that radiologists keep sharp during long work shifts? Today we hear from Dr. Michelle Goñi, MD, a Nines radiologist specializing in MSK.

Before the start of each shift I...
... If I work the early morning shift, I usually prepare Cuban coffee (my husband actually is the one that does it!) and I have that just before I start.  If I work the later shift, I’ll exercise in the morning, I’m a Peloton addict, and then I’ll probably have another cup of coffee (that one I make 😉).
Around hour 5 of a shift I stay sharp by...
…Around hour 5 of shift, I usually fill up my Yeti with ice water and drink that quickly. Hydration is key to staying alert!  I grab an energetic and healthy snack and sometimes walk to the backyard to catch some quick rays of sunshine.
My AI hype alarm bells go off when I see...
...that AI Robots will take over Radiology and that we won’t be needed anymore.  It’s been my experience that the lay person doesn’t often know what Radiologists actually do.  Almost everyone has had an X-ray, but they encounter the Rad Technologist, not the actual Radiologist "hidden" in a dark room.  Now with talk of AI, it is often assumed that we’ll go further into the unknown.  I try to explain that AI will be an adjunct to Radiology; it will serve to provide time-essential care to the patient, and it will be a time-efficient asset to the Radiologists.
The quick resources I use to keep my skills sharp include...
...I keep my MacBook next to me during shifts to quickly look up information that I need to review.  I use RSNA publications, usually Radiographics, Emergency Radiology sites like American Society of Emergency Radiology -  @ASER_ERad on twitter, or MSK sites like Society of Skeletal Radiology - @SSRbone on Twitter. But, I’m really a book nerd; I have tons of books surrounding me in my home office and I still really like to use them!
After a shift I unwind by…
...After I shift, I first unwind by meditating or sitting in silence for a few moments before entering the mom/wife/home-organizer, driver, etc, mode.  Then, I’ll usually chat or text with girlfriends which is food for my soul! I’ll reach out to my close local friends, or I’ll scroll through my different chat groups that share common interests with me (Peloton, women physicians, even fashion!). Someone is bound to share a funny story or meme! Of course, I always love spending time with my three boys, and mostly, I just enjoy listening to their stories (as much as they’ll share — 2 teens and a pre teen!). They are an active and adventurous three! If one of them has a sporting event after my shift, you will find me at the field cheering them on!  I love watching them play.

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