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SIR 2018 chair's column 

07-27-2017 10:31

According to schedule

By Brian Funaki, MD, FSIR  Summer 2017

SIR 2018 annual meeting

Planning for the SIR 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, March 17–22, Los Angeles, is well underway. The 2017 meeting was such a great success, we currently plan to keep its daily format for the 2018 meeting:

8–10 a.m.

Categorical courses, SAM sessions

10–10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Plenary sessions

12–1 p.m.


1–2:30 p.m.

Case-based workshops, SAM sessions and minisymposia

2:30–3 p.m.



p.m. Scientific sessions, SAM sessions and hands-on workshops

4:30–5 p.m.


5–6 p.m.

Meet the expert sessions, special programming

There will be two SAM sessions (for SA-CME credit) at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (for a total of 20 SA-CME credits available).

Earlier this year, in the SIR 2018 Course Challenge, we invited SIR members to submit proposals for new sessions. We received more than 60 entries and the annual meeting committee is reviewing them now. We will announce the finalists in the near future, but we thank all those who submitted excellent session proposals!

Constantino S. Peña, MD, FSIR, will oversee the 2018 scientific program. Abstract submissions continue to grow; e-posters were extremely popular at SIR 2017 and we plan to expand that program this year.

The workshops continue to be the backbone of the meeting. Workshop Chair Daniel Sze, MD, FSIR, has already evaluated last year’s sessions and has many new ideas to incorporate into the 2018 meeting. We will continue striving to make these sessions both interactive and highly educational.

Finally, we plan to return to an old-school film panel with a few new twists. Stay tuned!

We hope you will join us March 17–22, 2018, in the City of Angels for the most comprehensive meeting in interventional radiology.


Call for SIR 2018 abstract submissions!

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Last year's annual meeting featured more than 400 oral presentations and 360 posters from over 20 countries. Practicing experts, early career professionals, trainees, research scientists and clinical associates are invited to submit scientific abstracts for presentation at SIR 2018—the world’s most comprehensive interventional radiology meeting, which attracts more than 5,000 attendees from around the globe.

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Session types briefly described:

  • Categorical courses: Lecture-based didactic sessions
  • Plenary sessions: Centerpiece sessions meant to inspire and educate
  • Case-based workshops: Practical, interactive case review sessions
  • Scientific sessions: High-level scientific abstract presentations
  • Meet the experts: Town-hall format for interactive learning
  • SAM (SA-CME) sessions: Didactic sessions with SA-CME (25 SA-CMEs are needed every 3 years)
  • Minisymposia: In-depth look at critical but often overlooked topics

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