Stay Sharp

What are a few ways that radiologists stay focused during long work shifts? Here are some thoughts from Dr. Melissa Davis, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Nines and former Medical Director of Clinical Redesign at Yale New Haven Health.

Before the start of each shift I...
...try to take a nap if it is an overnight shift or one that will go into the early morning hours. I have learned though, to make sure that I wake up 30 minutes before the shift to shake off the grogginess! Each morning I try to workout and do a 10 minute meditation to get me started on my day shifts.
Around hour 5 of a shift I stay sharp by...
...walking around the hospital or walking outside for fresh air. I tend to use the downtime to call family and friends for quick 10-15 minute conversations.
My AI hype alarm bells go off when I hear...
...that AI will take over the radiologists' jobs and there is no one in the room who has actually worked as a radiologist. Alarm bells also go off when I hear broad stroke solutions, not taking into account things like patient setting (ED vs. inpatient vs. outpatient) and the environment of clinical workflows.
The quick resources I use to keep my skills sharp include...
...Radiology Journal. I also follow several people in the radiology world on Twitter and Instagram who post imaging content daily like the American Society of Emergency Radiology (aser_radiology, @ASER_ERad).
After a shift I unwind by…
...watching Netflix or Hulu, or grabbing dinner and a good glass of wine with friends and having a lot of laughs.