Trainees First

Trainees First   

The SIR Annual Meeting Committee and Association of Program Directors in IR (APDIR) have created an abstract review mentorship program for the SIR Annual Meeting Scientific Program. This opportunity will enable residents to participate with their program director in the review of abstract submissions for SIR 2024.

Why should you participate as a program director?

  • Participating in Trainees First provides you the opportunity to support and address some of the educational needs that affect the training of future interventional radiologists.
  • Trainees First is a great way for program directors to stimulate interest in and provide guidelines for the critical evaluation of abstract proposals.
  • By participating in Trainees First, you promote a culture of inclusion and strengthen the specialty of interventional radiology (IR).
  • Through this mentorship opportunity, you can empower others and at the same time strengthen your leadership skills.

What are the responsibilities of the participating program director?

  1. The program director will select their residents to review and comment on the abstracts that have been assigned to the program director.
  2. After the review by the trainee, the program director will assess the reviews and provide the trainee with feedback on their review.
  3. The program director is responsible for submitting the final review (score and comments) into the review module.

Participation is optional. Program directors may participate solely as abstract reviewers without participating in "Trainees First."

Why participate as a resident?

  • By participating in Trainees First, you will receive valuable training on how to review abstract proposals and learn the overall abstract review process of the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting, which attracts over 5,000 attendees each year.
  • The Trainees First mentorship program can increase your critical evaluation skills and allows for personal growth.
  • Participation in Trainees First can cultivate a collaborative relationship with the program director and your colleagues.

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To volunteer as a program director, please send an email to by no later than July 19. You will receive a form to collect your details and the names and emails of your residents who will participate.

Residents may participate in the review of the scientific abstracts for the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting by encouraging their program director to participate in the program.

If you are selected to participate, you must be available September 28 – October 10 to review the abstracts assigned to you by your program director. SIR membership is required.

Participating programs will be recognized on the SIR website, APDIR website, and in the official SIR 2024 JVIR supplement.

For more information, contact Dena Harrison, Annual Meeting Program Coordinator.



SIR 2019 Annual Meeting attendees search the electronic posters during the Poster Reception.


“It was a great opportunity to participate! My only comment is it would have been nice if the trainee could log on electronically and complete preliminary reviews that were then sent to the attending. This would make it feel more official (and save on paper).”

Michael R. Acord, MD, FSIR, Attending Interventional Radiologist, Program Director, Pediatric Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


“We really enjoy this program. Looking forward to participating again next year!“

Jennifer R. Buckley, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Interventional Radiologist, Saint Luke's


“This is a great opportunity for our trainees it not only sparks interest in the variety of research/educational presentation ideas; The trainees now have a better understanding of how the submission process works and gain some insight into the "peer review" process that most trainees are not familiar with. We were able to provide an algorithm-based overview of the structured process of peer review for these abstracts and will build upon this approach in abstract review to apply the process to full scientific journal submissions. Our two trainees learned balanced unbiased feedback and constructive critique. I chose familiar subjects and subjects that they do not have much familiarity with to show that a reviewer must have some knowledge of the subject for an effective, fair review. We appreciate the opportunity.”

Paula Novelli, MD, FSIR, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Specialist, University of Pittsburg Medical Center


“It was an excellent opportunity for resident engagement, and the resident’s reviews contributed valuable perspective and feedback.”

Jason C. Smith, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Radiology, Head, Radiology, Interventional Radiology Division, Loma Linda University


“It’s a great program and I suggest to keep offering it each year. I think my trainees like participating and they learn a lot from it.”

Bedros Taslkian, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Research Integration, Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Research Program, NYU Langone Health

Thank you to all participating programs!

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • King Abdullah Medical City
  • Loma Linda University Health
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • McMaster University
  • Northwestern Memorial
  • New York University
  • NYU Grossman School of Medicine Program
  • Saint Louis University
  • Saint Luke's Health Systems
  • Staten Island University Hospital
  • UC Davis Medical Center
  • UC Irvine
  • UC San Diego
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Academic Practice
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • University Radiology, P.C., Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center/Rutgers Medical School
  • UT Health San Antonio
  • Yale University