Friday, December 28, 2007

I received an invitation to join a new social network from its founder, Steven Chan, MD, MS, a private practice radiologist in New York State. The idea was to create a FaceBook- or MySpace-like site to ". . . allow our natural connections with each other with the aid of the internet to foster new collaborations, idea exchange, new ventures, and job opportunities for us radiologists. We restrict membership only to invited industry leaders, radiologists, and rads recruiters (the non annoying ones)." I've personally never met a non-annoying recruiter, but I guess they do exist.

I went to Steve's site, liked what I saw, and signed up. The front page fills in more details of the site's goals:

Welcome to radRounds!

radRounds is a tool for radiologists. It was created by radiologists to help with clinical work and enriching one's career. Some examples of uses might include:

  • Finding another radiologist who can help with an MR imaging sequence, job search, or tough case

  • Talking privately to an inside-connection about that practice you plan to join

  • Establishing a new collaboration to start a multi-center clinical trial

  • Leaving radiology and looking for an investment banking job

  • Searching for the dream job or hiring the dream candidate / future partner

  • Keeping in touch with alumni from your residency program and old friends from the RSNA

  • Discussing the latest topics and turf battles of radiology

  • Finding out the next time someone gives a lecture/CME on your area of interest

  • Starting your own (private or public) group or blog

And, above all, sharing one's interests, expertise, and connections with others. radRounds will most rapidly improve with the help of the people who use it. Spread the word too and invite a fellow radiologist. By the way, suggestions and comments are all strongly encouraged.

OK, I'm spreading the word. radRounds is a site worthy of our participation. I think it will be complementary to several existing radiology sites such as, and of course Check it out!

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I went to RadRounds and saw a Ning template ( and thought - how long would it take me to create a radRound replica? Exactly 20 minutes. Ning is a social network creation platform for non-geeks. I think Steve has created a nice layout, but Ning has lot of powerful features that he has not taken advatage of. Plus Ning complies with opensocial standard, which means tools written for other social networks can me imported into Ning and vise versa.