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I once fell in love with a radiologist... but she saw right through me.

My Rad Girlfriend is a weekly comic strip sponsored by


The strip follows the Dr. Andrea Sisskin - a brilliant, socially awkward second-year radiology resident and her not-quite-as-brilliant software engineer boyfriend.

The strip is set in the real world of University City, Philadelphia, and occasionally incorporates local settings, real locations and landmarks.


A Healer at Heart is a comic that is set in the My Rad Girlfriend universe and touches on Ryan's experience in Iraq.  

Got an idea for My Rad Girlfriend? Send it to me or friend me on Facebook.  If I turn your idea into a cartoon, I'll send you a signed copy.  Watch the video below for more.


September 19, 2020

Newly single, Ryan gets a match on an online dating app. But does he really want to dive back into dating a physician? 

Starting over in our nation's capital

September 18, 2020

Fresh off his breakup with Andy, Ryan arrives in Washington, DC, ready to start a new life. What happens next? 

The lockable bathroom

August 14, 2020

It's the impossible dream for anyone who's ever worked in a hospital: the lockable bathroom. After Andy breaks up with Ryan, Dr. Roth.

Laid Off

July 31, 2020

The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to hit home as Ryan is laid off from his job as a software engineer. Andy tries to offer some perspective...

The dog days of summer

July 17, 2020

Even in these unusual times, it can be hard to find the radiologist on call in the middle of summer. Andy finds out firsthand.

Tired of Being Second Guessed

June 26, 2020

Radiologists commonly express frustration at having their interpretations questioned by clinical colleagues who don't have their level of training...

The new normal

June 12, 2020

As society starts to return to the "new normal" following the COVID-19 surge, some are finding it harder than others to adjust to the new reality.

The ER's Best Effort

May 29, 2020

The relationship between a hospital's radiology and emergency departments can get a bit strained at times...

Suspension of Disbelief

May 15, 2020

How accurately does popular culture represent the medical field?

Looking out for each other

May 1, 2020

It helps when we all look out for each other.

Essential Workers

April 17, 2020

What exactly makes a worker essential?

The B.E.R.T team swings into action

April 3, 2020

What's the craziest thing you've seen happen during the novel coronavirus pandemic? Andy finds herself drafted onto the B.E.R.T. team...

Good news and bad news

March 6, 2020

One of the good things about getting your healthcare at a well-regarded academic medical center is that it often has some of the most highly regarded specialists in the field on staff. But that doesn't necessarily mean they will be assigned to your case...

Standing on principal

February 21, 2020

Has your hospital started charging you for scrubs if you use too many in the month? Priya decides she's not going to stand for it anymore in the next...

Drop and give me 20!

February 7, 2020

Those New Year's resolutions can grow tiresome when they go on too long. Dr. Roth's new exercise regimen is starting to wear a bit thin on Andy and Ruchi...

The Show

January 24, 2020

With so much happening in the world, sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Ryan and Andy have slightly different perspectives on the top events...

So far away

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What happens when global geopolitical events collide with daily life? Andy and Ryan ponder the possibilities...

The 100th cartoon

December 20, 2019

I can't believe it, but #myradgirlfriend has been around for almost 4 years.

The Day Star

December 6th, 2019

Do radiologists spend too much time staring at computers in dark rooms? It's a common misconception -- or is it? 

Kids say the darndest things

November 22, 2019

Kids say the darndest things...

Your worst day

November 8, 2019

Can you imagine your worst day on the job? No matter how bad it gets, there are probably a few people out there who have it worse

The Spooky Bill

October 25th, 2019

What's the scariest Halloween costume you've ever seen? Ryan comes up with an outfit that would scare the pants off any radiology resident...

Someone's on the naughty list

October 11, 2019

Christmas is still several months away, but someone's already made Santa's naughty list -- at least by the looks of an image Andy shares with Ryan...

Something's Fishy

September 27, 2019

Your average radiology reading room is a place where people work together in cramped quarters. That's why it's important to be considerate of others...

The Sacrifice

August 30, 2019

Radiology and laboratory medicine have similar goals -- delivering a diagnosis on a patient's condition. But the way each discipline goes about getting there can vary widely,

The Miracle Worker

August 2, 2019

There's one in every workplace -- the go-to person who's able to solve any problem that pops up. But some dilemmas defy easy solutions

Fair and Balanced

July 26, 2019

In any radiology department, one of the jobs of the chief resident is to create a schedule that's fair and balanced.

Data is king, but food fills seats

June 28, 2019

Data is all the rage as healthcare analysts look for quantitative measures of healthcare quality. But how to get residents to come to a seminar?

The Feminist Narritive

June 14th, 2019

Do today's research trials adequately reflect medical outcomes in women? Or are they too focused on men? Ryan starts to wonder...

Think Before You Scoot

May 31, 2019

Electric scooters are everywhere now, and while they can be a lot of fun, they also can have unintended consequences. One of those is more work for radiologists who read imaging studies from the emergency room -- including Andy, who decides to make a statement...

The Magic of Cinco de Mayo

May 3rd, 2019

With the Cinco de Mayo holiday approaching, many hospital residents who aren’t working or aren’t on call have the opportunity to blow off a little steam

The Most Dangerous Place

April 12, 2019

Yes, the emergency room can be a dangerous place for a physician. But even greater danger can be found elsewhere in the hospital...

Circling the Drain

March 22, 2019

One of the most challenging things about a radiologist's job can be dealing with referring clinicians, especially ones that are particularly obstinate...

When you hear hoofbeats

March 8, 2019

It's been a late night in the reading room, and Andy encounters a perplexing case that could have a variety of differential diagnoses

The Bright Side

February 22, 2019

Antivaxxers may think they're doing the right thing for their kids, but there's a price to pay for not getting vaccinated -- and it's mainly paid by their kid.

Anxiety in the Reading Room

February 8, 2019

 What fears push your anxiety buttons? For some radiologists, it's the board exam, while others have more existential concerns.

How sweet it is

January 25, 2019

Most folks would agree that the explosion of new coffee varieties is a great thing. But they can have a downside...

The Christmas Spirit


Are you working the holiday shift this weekend? If so, you know how hard it is to get into the Christmas spirit. But Andy and Priya do their best...

Nailed It!

December 7, 2018

Sometimes radiologists can get a bit jaded about their work. Just call it a coping mechanism...

Alternative Medicine

November 9, 2018

The term "alternative medicine" can mean different things to different people. 

Razor Apple Day

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It's hard to believe, but some healthcare facilities still x-ray Halloween candy. Does it make any sense?

Philadelphia Care Package

September 28, 2018

Ryan has to spend the next two weeks in Washington, DC, on a contract job, so Andy sends him a care package to remind him of his hometown of Philadelphia

Coffee Run

September 21, 2018

Andy surprises Ryan with coffee in bed -- but how did she get it if there are no coffee filters in the house? 

Learning on the Job

September 7, 2018

Do clinicians ever ask you to show them how to read imaging exams? Have you ever wanted to tell them what to do with their request?

Look into your Heart

August 24, 2018

If making bad puns was considered a form of medical malpractice, Ryan would be found guilty.

That doesn't count

August 10, 2018

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The last straw

July 27th, 2018

What's the deal with plastic straws, anyway, and why have they suddenly become public enemy No. 1?

How not to flirt

July 12, 2018

Andy and Priya head to a singles bar to blow off some steam after a long shift at the hospital.


June 28th 2018

The pressures of being a radiology resident in the hospital environment can start to weigh on anyone after a while.

TV Show Realism

June 14th, 2018

How realistic are kids' TV shows? Especially when they cover medical topics? Andy and Ryan find at least one show that hits the nail on the head...

Confirmed Kills

May 31, 2018

Who has more kills: a surgical attending or a Iraq Vet?

AI and Radiology

May 17th, 2018

Ryan and Andy have very different perspectives on how AI will affect their future career prospects

Don't Quit Your Day Job

May 3, 2018

Andy is studying a particularly troublesome case when Ryan makes a joke that falls flat...

Throckmorton Points the Way

April 19, 2018

The accuracy of the Throckmorton sign as an aid for detecting pelvic pathology has been hotly debated, but Andy and crew find at least one case in which it works.

The Exorcism

5 APR 2018

What's the scariest place in any hospital? The lunchroom refrigerator. 

The Perils of Patient Contact

Mar 22, 2018

If radiologists need to be more patient-facing, Ruchi could probably use some additional training to improve her bedside manner.

The Direct Anterior Approach

Febuary 22, 2018

Turns out Ryan's been paying attention to Andy's work all this time...

The Magic Words

February 8, 2018

They are the magic words that seem to accompany every radiology report, no matter how obvious the pathology on the medical image.


January 25th, 2018

Radiologists sometimes seem to crave more recognition, but that can be a double-edged sword depending on who is doing the recognizing. Andy, Priya, and Dr. Roth ponder this...

Cold Weather Blues

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The cold weather is already starting to get old at University City Hospital, where Andy finds she has to cope with a deluge of weather-related injuries.

The Old Nintendo Trick

December 14, 2017

If the image quality of your MRI scanner isn't up to snuff, you might try "the old Nintendo trick." But don't tell the service engineers...

First do no Harm

November 26th, 2017

Radiology professionals often express a number of reasons for why they'd rather not spend the weekend after Thanksgiving at the RSNA meeting in Chicago -- just ask them. But Priya may have come up with a new one...

Ready By 6

November 16th, 2017

When it comes to medical specialties, radiology has its share of drawbacks. But there are times when it can't be beat...

Where's your Flossie?

November 2, 2017

Every hospital has one -- the old-school doctor who refuses to change with the times. Andy encounters this firsthand...

Just Like You Someday

October 19,2017

Kids say the darndest things sometimes...

Nailing a Diagnosis

October 5, 2017

Andy nails a diagnosis but then has to face the consequences...

Happy Rosh Hashanna

September 21, 2017

It's not a happy new year if you're Jewish and you have to work a shift on Rosh Hashanah...

Is this the Line for the Nurse?

September 7, 2017

Ryan gets invited to an end-of-summer pool party, and he decides to bring Andy along. It's a decision they both soon regret.

HIPAA Vs. Hippos

August 24, 2017

Medical schools are required to cover a broad array of content...

Always Perfect

Aug 10, 2017

After seeing the clueless new residents, Ruchi wonders if she and the other second-year residents looked just as confused their first year.

Sit down, shut up, read this

July 27th, 2017

The interns start showing up in the radiology department, full of excitement and anticipation. But Ruchi gives the first one a harsh welcome...

Rude to your face

July 13, 2017

This is the season for interns to show up at their new homes in the radiology department. Ryan wonders if there are any similarities between intern year and the Army...

The Quick and The Dead

June 29, 2017

 What's the wackiest order for an imaging study you've ever received from the emergency department? Andy may have heard the weirdest one yet - 

Welcome to Philadelphia

June 15, 2017

Texas born Priya makes the mistake of wearing the wrong scrubs in Philadelphia.

Always a Bridesmaid

June 1, 2017

Andy and Priya are about to start their pediatric rotation when a sudden thought occurs: What to wear? It's a question that's not as easy to answer

Pediatric Radiology Roatation

May 16, 2017

Andy prepares for her rotation in pediatric radiology with an astute observation on the differences between children and adults ...

Someone saved a life tonight

May 4, 2017

Ask any physician: There's no better feeling than saving the life of another person. Radiologists are no different...

Now That;s Awkward

April 20, 2017

Ryan is enjoying a moment with Andy's father when he unfortunately puts his foot in his mouth...

Ryan Meets the Parents

April 13, 2017

Ryan gives Andy's parents a scare when they meet him for the first time. After all, what could be worse than having your daughter date a cartoonist...

No Phone Left Behind

April 6, 2017

Andy gets a strange call from the operating room...

Customer-Focused Imaging

March 30, 2017

There's no doubt that radiology is changing, but not all of those changes are for the better. Andy finds that some of the recent changes in her department are a bit hard to swallow...

You guys talk like that too?


Sometimes it seems like radiologists have a language all their own. But Andy discovers that radiologists aren't so different after all.

Match Day

March 16, 2017

On March 17, medical students across the U.S. will find out the residency programs they have been assigned by the National Resident Matching Program. Andy reminisces about her Match Day...


March 9, 2017

One of the great things about radiology residency programs today is their incredible diversity. Andy and Priya find commonality through their diverse backgrounds...

Kidney Stones

February 23, 2017

The radiology and emergency departments have a symbiotic -- but occasionally contentious -- relationship.

Good Job on that Case

February 16, 2017

Positive reinforcement can be an effective motivational tool in any workplace...

Name on the Bottle

February 12,2017

Who says radiologists don't talk to patients? Andy gets a late-night phone call from someone familiar -- maybe too familiar

Texting While...

February 2, 2017

Texting while doing other activities is a good way to land yourself in the emergency room...

That thing's a carcinogen

January 26, 2017

Radiologists are often caricatured as being denizens of the darkroom...

All I can Afford

January 19th, 2017

Being a radiology resident means having to cut corners at times when it comes to personal expenses. But Andy's colleague Priya may have reached a new low in the next installment

Not that Cold

January 12, 2017

It doesn't have to be the dead of winter to experience Arctic-like conditions in the reading room, as Andy and the gang discover

Get Out of PIMP Free Card

January 5th, 2017

 Pimping is a time-honored tradition in medical education as senior physicians put residents through the ringer. But pimping is never fun when it's happening to you. Ruchi and Priya come up with an ingenious solution

Happy Hanukkah, Andy

December 22, 2016

Ryan surprises Andy with an unusual Hanukkah gift that turns out to be pretty usefu

Don't Mess with Texas

December 15, 2016

Dr. Roth gets more than he bargained for when quizzing Andy's colleague, second-year resident Dr. Priya Roy...

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