We are delighted to announce that Dr Jim Zhong is the new Chair for our Young Professionals & Trainees special interest group(SIG). Jim has been a proactive member of the SIG for a few years and has organised a number of their successful events. Read about why he joined the BIR and what he loves about his job in our interview.
Why did you choose to train as a radiologist?
Radiology is incredibly exciting. It is driven by technological advancements and is always changing and therefore radiologists will always be evolving as clinicians. As a student, I was fortunate to meet an interventional radiologist who encouraged me to spend a week in the department during a surgical rotation. I saw the pivotal role that radiology had in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and I have never looked back.
Why did you originally join the BIR?
As a student, I wanted to work with a group of like-minded individuals to raise the profile of radiology as a specialty and also organise national conferences and develop educational resources that would be useful for students, trainees and consultants. The BIR was exactly the opportunity I had been waiting for.
What does the BIR offer trainees and why would you encourage your fellow trainees to get involved?
The conferences and courses organised by the BIR are fantastic and extremely varied with appeal to both healthcare professionals and those interested in imaging related issues. As a foundation doctor I attended the future of radiology conference, which raised my awareness of the key issues facing radiologists on a national scale.
The best part of working in the BIR YPAT group is working in a fantastic multidisciplinary team and seeing excellent ideas develop into successful events.
What is the best part of your job?
For me, the best part of working as a radiology registrar is seeing patients benefit from the image guided therapies offered by radiology. In my other role as an academic clinical fellow, I enjoy forming successful research collaborations and feel proud when others cite the research I have been involved with and worked so hard on.
What is the most difficult thing you’ve dealt with at work?
We are all facing an increasing volume of work, particularly in the demand for imaging. Prioritisation can be difficult and is a skill I am still learning as everything sometimes feels urgent.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My parents – they taught me hard work and perseverance.
Which three scientists would you like to spend an evening with and why?
Marie Curie, to learn how she was able to observe, deduce and predict so effectively.
Also to hear how she was able to overcome so much adversity and maintain her passion for her work. Number two would be Alan Turing to discuss modern day artificial intelligence applications. Finally, Steve Jobs, to gain insight into his unwavering drive and the uncompromising nature of his success.
When you are not working, how do you like spending your time?
One of my life passions is basketball and I play the shooting guard position for a club based in Leeds (Leeds Demons). My favourite food is Ramen (Japanese soup noodles) and I spend my holidays searching for the best Ramen restaurants around the world.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
I am a keen artist and have previously designed artwork for radiology conferences.