Stay Sharp

What are a few ways that radiologists keep sharp during long work shifts? Below are thoughts from Dr. Matt Lungren, M.D. an advisor to Nines and Assistant Professor of Radiology and Co-Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging at Stanford University Medical Center.

Before the start of each shift I...
...try to energize by getting in a morning workout when possible. My kids' swim team morning workouts are pretty early before school so for better or worse this means I make an effort to swim laps too since I'm up and driving them to practice anyway. I'm told I should meditate to have more control over my life. Maybe I'll try that when I get more control over my calendar.
Around hour 5 of a shift I stay sharp by...
...grabbing a quick lunch usually if there is a conference with food around. On particularly busy days it's a large cup of coffee to go. My wishlist lunch would be DoorDash soy ramen but this doesn't travel well during walk & talks, unless it's Top Ramen I guess!
My AI hype alarm bells go off when I see...
...anyone claiming that radiology will be eliminated because AI will replace radiologists.
The quick resources I use to keep my skills sharp include...
...whenever possible I make a point to read the newest work in the many great journals that I discover thanks to great colleagues around the world on #medtwitter  - also will read almost anything from Fei-Fei Li, Jeremy Howard and Fast.ai, Andrew Ng, and the incredible medical imaging AI teams at Facebook, Google and other tech groups.
After a shift I unwind by…
...dueling with my kids at Mario Kart. Recently my son’s been beating me more often and I've noticed his taunting skills are pretty strong even for a second grader - he's totally in my head during the game!