You like it. Being happily engaged with your work will usually amount to some success. Radiology requires enthusiasm for lots of reading, health technology, anatomy, physics, and clinical medicine, and those are just the basics of what you should enjoy in the field.
You’re dedicated. If you don’t think you’ll ever be ready to let go over the resident routines, and you get fired up by the notion of 20 to 30 hours a week of reading, then your level of commitment could be on par with what’s required of a radiologist.
You’re inquisitive. Self-proclaimed “Opinionated Radiologist”, Saurabh Jha encourages blossoming radiologists to “develop clinical acumen.” Being a good radiologist doesn’t just mean you’re simply interested in reading images, but that you have a strong understanding of all realms of medicine. You should get to know the ICU and the ED. Do more than just familiarize yourself with other departments; really learn how things work.
You’re apart of a team. Become a member of the American College of Radiology, it’s the best and free way to strengthen or brush up your skills. There’s a plethora of resources for whatever stage career you’re in, and lots of opportunities to connect with other radiologists.
You like being right. We will always need radiologists to tell other specialists when they’re wrong. Without radiologists, there wouldn’t be medical image interpretation, and then there would be no one who understands false positives.