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J Am Coll Radiol. 2006 Apr;3(4):243-7.

The crisis in academic radiology: will we help ourselves?

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA.

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The overall health of academic radiology suffers from insufficient funds and manpower. Although the largest academic programs in the country may have sufficient resources to maintain robust academic environments, one third to half of the academic radiology programs in the United States are struggling to maintain stable academic environments. The impact of an impaired academic radiology enterprise on the specialty of radiology is far reaching. As academic departments falter, the quantity and quality of research and educational programs deteriorate. In the short term, this situation makes our specialty vulnerable to predatory strikes by other specialists who covet our field; in the long term, it leads to obsolescence. Fortunately, radiology is a lucrative specialty, and we have the wherewithal to help ourselves. To ensure a vibrant future for our specialty each of us must accept an obligation to invest in our academic foundation. In particular, private practice radiologists must recognize this obligation and pledge their time and/or resources to help shore up the academic departments.

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