[Original Linkedin Post: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-2014-jenny-chen?trk=prof-post]
Making new-year resolution suddenly is out of fashion this year, and embarrassingly I cannot remember what my 2014 resolutions were. Despite that, there are three main reasons why 2014 was an exciting year to me professionally.
1. Social media.
This year, I took the plunge and started to blog (www.radbuz.com) and tweet (@radbuzzz) about subjects that I feel could be game changers in the next decade for radiology and healthcare. This includes 3D printing, big data and analytics, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and telemedicine. There is admittedly a flair of amateur in my social media engagements, but discovering these new channels of communications with a booming technology world has been an exciting and fun experience so far. This new tool allowed me to not only broadcast opinions to communities, brainstorm ideas with thought leaders, but also vent about dissatisfactions with new IT solutions at work and report innovations on the go. I also secretively enjoy the growth of my twitter followers and Linkedin readership, and plan to continue the steady growth in 2015.
2. Online learning.
People in medicine are committed to lifelong learning. Discovering MOOC and many free online educational platform was one of the best things that happened to me in 2014. These new platform significantly cut down opportunity cost for working individuals who need post graduate education. I got my first Corsera certificate from Wharton and look forward to my second and 100th. The enormous free database of knowledge from machine learning to entrepreneurship makes the nerd in me jump in joy. These platforms also inspired me to look into possible innovations to provide more efficient and effective medical education.
3. I made it through alive and healthy.
Finally, it is something to celebrate about when one did not end up on any radiologist’s viewing monitor. This is especially true for folks in my field who are the closest witnesses to all the daily accidents and tragedies in one of the most graphic forms. Also notable is that one of our beloved radiology colleagues at Bay Imaging Consultants left us rather abruptly at his prime at the beginning of 2014. This made all of us very sad and shaken. I love medicine because of the privilege to be so close to life’s pulse, but this proximity also taught me the ability to appreciate the fragileness of life.
So I hope everyone will continue to take good care of themselves for a prosper 2015.