Jeffery P. Hogg, M.D.
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Lifetime Certification granted 1987. Certificate of Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology granted in 1996 and renewed in 2006.
Medical School: West Virginia University
Residency: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Radiology 1983-1987
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology 1987-1989
Faculty Rank: Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery
Special Clinical/Research Interests: Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education, Student Mentoring, MR Imaging of CNS and Head & Neck
Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?
I love learners. All of them are welcome.
What does a typical day in the life of a radiologist include?
- The day begins with attention to any new inpatient exams (including Emergency admissions) on the worklist, which we interpret and report promptly
- Consultations from referring clinicians come at variable times, so we accommodate flexibly to expedite those questions
- Resident teaching occurs in the context of reviewing all radiological studies that have preliminary interpretations by residents, and teaching interpretive skills, improving/correcting reports, and modeling appropriate professionalism for learners
- Formal teaching in the context of workshops with medical students or residents from other specialties
- Engagement in important School of Medicine Committees
- Engagement in national professional societies (preparing and presenting posters and other academic works at national meetings with residents, publishing papers, moderating panels of speakers at national meetings, creating & editing multiple choice questions used as assessment and educational resources by educators and learners in online examinations for residents and students
What is the biggest challenge of being a radiologist?
- Mastery of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology one will encounter in clinical and hospital populations
- Mastery of the physics of imaging and learning what to trust and what is artifactual
- Mastery of management of current medical literature (you cannot know it all, but you need well-developed skills and practice to quickly access and apply current evidence)
- Mastery of the professionalism and interpersonal and communication skills to be effective as a team member in the delivery of timely, safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered care, rather than just an image-reader sequestered away in a dark room
How do you foresee radiology changing over the next 20 years?
- The advent and growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence will expand and enhance opportunities for research, and provide opportunities for greater personalization of individual patient care
- Greater emphasis on techniques to reduce or eliminate ionizing radiation
- Improved education and incorporation of radiology in curricula of medical schools to ensure just distribution of limited resources to population of patients by doing only examinations that are indicated, and choosing only those examinations that are both effective and judicious
What advice would you give a student who is considering an radiology residency?
- Make yourself known to Radiology faculty members, who know the network of the academic community, and know what aspects of a student’s characteristics are highly valued
- Learn from Radiology faculty members the resources you need to create successful applications to competitive programs