Women are underrepresented in radiology and often need to put in the extra effort to be recognized and advance their careers, experts say.
But women tend to be more reticent when it comes to asking for help, which can hold them back, said Julia Fielding, MD, abdominal imaging division chief at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Fielding also chairs the newly-formed American College of Radiology’s Commission for Women, charged with finding ways to attract and retain more women in the profession.
“For women it’s out of our normal comfort zone,” she said in a video interview.
Her advice? Start by asking a senior professional out to lunch. That direct interaction can help establish a trust and relationship that can serve the radiologist. Also consider looking to senior professionals outside of the specialty. Getting a good understanding of your referring doctors’ needs can help you focus your efforts and your career.
And be willing to put in the work, because building relationships takes time, she said.
“You have to be a good doctor,’” she said. “And you have to be willing to ask.”