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 2023.

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 in the critical evaluation of abstract proposals.
  • By participating in Trainees First, you promote a culture of inclusion and strengthening the specialty of interventional radiology (IR).
  • Through this mentorship opportunity, you can empower others and at the same time strengthen your leadership skill.

What are the responsibilities of the participating program director?

  1. The program director will select 1 or 2 of 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 that 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, respond to the SIR 2023 Call for Abstract Reviewers. Within the volunteer form, there will be an area for you to indicate your interest in "Trainees First". You will also be asked to provide the name(s) of your residents who will participate.

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


If you are selected to participate, you must be available in November 2022 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 2023 JVIR supplement.

For more information, contact Dilyana Williams, Annual Meeting Program Manager.


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



Gabriel-Gaby.png"Trainees First abstract review program is a unique opportunity for our Integrated IR residents, Independent IR residents, ESIR residents as well as interested DR residents. This program exposes the residents for the first time to abstract reviewing, which is somewhat an expectation in academia."

Gaby E. Gabriel, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology & Surgery, Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency, Faculty, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine  





davidson_jon_2021.jpg"I am very excited to participate in the Trainees First Program, as it allows experienced IRs, such as myself, an opportunity to mentor our trainees in critically evaluating current abstracts. This is a unique opportunity that SIR offers and provides an invaluable way of teaching this important skill."

Jon C. Davidson, MD, FSIR, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Division Chief of Interventional Radiology, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Thank you to all participating programs!

- 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 - 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 Radiology, P.C., Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center/Rutgers Medical School

- UT Health San Antonio - Yale University