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Choosing a career in interventional radiology

Residents, fellows and medical students

This is an exciting time to pursue a medical career in interventional radiology, designated as a new medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2012. Implementation of the new IR Residency is well underway, and with the increasing complexity of IR procedures and focus on patient clinical care, the specialty is poised to meet the demands of the future. Currently, there are over 2,000 SIR In-Training Members from all over the world. We invite you to become a member of SIR, learn about interventional radiology, and play a role in the development of the specialty.

Considering a career in IR? In his September 2017 Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) editorial, Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR explains to students why there has never been a better time to become an IR, describing the exhilarating joys, profound satisfactions and inestimable value of the profession.

 

Watch now: SIR Member Arshad Khan, MD, FSIR talks about IR and Trauma 

                                                                              Read about "IR in the ER"                                                             

 

Who are interventional radiologists?

Interventional Radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive image-guided procedures. Interventional radiologists use a problem solving skill set that combines clinical, procedural, and imaging expertise to treat patients. They often utilize cutting edge technology in medicine and sometimes even become involved in the medical device and innovation process. They are not defined by organ system or pathology and work with many different types of physicians in the hospital. Interventional radiologists can also find themselves involved in the care of a patient who is too sick for any other therapy, requiring them to rely upon their innovative problem-solving skills to save the patient.

What are the interventional radiology training pathways?

Medical students and diagnostic radiology residents can choose between various pathways to become an interventional radiologist. For detailed information about IR training pathways, please visit the IR residency and fellowship webpage.  

All training pathways will lead to the new American Board of Radiology (ABR) IR/DR Certificate, which certifies practice in both interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. Please visit the ABR website for more information on the new IR/DR certifying exam.

 

 Resident, Fellow and Student Section

SIR members with a Medical Student, Resident-in-Training, or Fellow-in-Training membership are invited to join the Resident, Fellow and Student (RFS) Section

The RFS Section works to promote the clinical model of interventional radiology practice by striving to introduce the specialty to trainees and medical students who are passionate about the ideas that embody the future of IR. 

The RFS continually sponsors a variety of educational offerings and volunteer opportunities geared towards medical students and residents. The  RFS website has more information about the section and the programs it offers.

 

Upcoming Medical Student Symposia

Are you a medical student interested in interventional radiology? Medical Student Interventional Radiology Symposia are a great place to learn more about the specialty. Listed below are upcoming symposia.

 

       View upcoming symposia

 

 

Upcoming Trainee Webinars

 

RFS Webinar: Interventional Radiology's Involvement in Breast Cancer

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EDT

                                Register for webinar

  • Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and one that interventional radiologists can now be involved in treating. From biopsies to cryo- and thermoablations of primary tumors to embolization of hepatic metastases this webinar will cover the interventions IR can be involved in to treat breast cancer and discuss some of the newer research related to breast cancer interventions. 

 

            View full RFS calendar

       

Why become an SIR In-training member?

 Why become an SIR In-training member?

Membership has benefits.

More than 2,000 trainees are already current members of SIR because they recognize the important benefits that come with SIR membership. Medical Student membership is free, and Resident-in-Training, Fellow-in-Training, and Scientist-in-Training memberships are only $50 per year.

 

Learn more and join now

The future of IR training

Fellows Spring Practicum

This annual 2 ½ day course held every May or early June in Chicago prepares IR fellows for private practice or academia with training that may not have been covered extensively during the fellowship year.

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RFS Webinars

The RFS continuously sponsors a variety of educational webinars. All previously recorded webinars can be viewed on the RFS You Tube IR Education Channel.

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SIR 2019

Plan to join us in Austin, Texas, March 23-28, 2019, for the SIR 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. SIR 2019 is a great opportunity to learn more about interventional radiology through dedicated Medical Student programming on March 23-24 and dedicated In-Training programming geared toward residents on March 24-26.  

Please check back in the coming months for more information.

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IR Training Directory

The IR Training Directory is a comprehensive resource for SIR In-Training members to identify IR residency and fellowship programs throughout the U.S.

Search for programs based on geographic area, type of IR program offered, or procedural areas.

Explore the directory