We asked Andrew Sonin, MD, FACR his views on radiology and working at Invision Sally Jobe.
How, when and why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?
I cannot honestly remember a time when I didn’t think I would go into medicine. The natural sciences have always fascinated me, and my early experiences (frog dissection in the second grade, for instance) cemented that decision, further reinforced every step of the way in my educational odyssey. It was only later that I discovered that medicine is “the gift that keeps giving”; one can, and in fact must, keep learning!
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy interactions with patients (yes, radiologists do regularly interact with patients) while performing image-guided joint injections and other procedures. In the “old days” (before most studies were read on computer screens), I enjoyed the camaraderie of consultation with other physicians, but that tends to occur over the phone now. In any case, knowing that I can contribute to patient care with careful image interpretation is always rewarding.
What is your favorite way to spend free time?
I am an avid photographer and have been for decades. I am a cyclist and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with my family. We like to travel, particularly to national parks. And I enjoy all facets of music (listening and playing).
What do you like most about working at RIA?
One of the things that drew me to RIA 20 years ago was the dedication to clinical excellence. As we have grown over the years and added many well-trained and highly skilled radiologists, we have been able to become more subspecialized; each radiologist spends more of their time in the specific part of image interpretation in which they are the most skilled. This results in better reports, happier radiologists and better outcomes for patients.