In medical school we are introduced to the Physician’s Oath—“The health of my patients will be my number one consideration.” Our own health, however, becomes secondary as late-night studying turns into a routine of work, sleep deprivation and stress during advanced medical training.
Many of us work in environments that are uncomfortable at best, unsafe at worst, while ignoring warning signs of problems that can damage our bodies and minds. Radiology trainees learn little about the science of ergonomics that is so critical to ensuring comfort and safety while maximizing productivity.
At the Baltimore Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, creating our “Radiology Reading Room of the Future” provided insights into improving ergonomics:
Investing time, money and effort to improve your work environment will pay for itself. These changes are not merely for the comfort of the radiologist—per the Physician’s Oath, they are investments for our patients.
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