Michael D. Darcy, M.D., FSIR, delivers 2017 Dotter Lecture on IR training and the pursuit of excellence

By Elise Grant posted 03-05-2017 02:19 PM


Dotter.jpgChanges in health care payment models that emphasize quality and results provide new opportunities for interventional radiologists, said Michael D. Darcy, M.D., FSIR, who delivered the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2017 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture on March 5 during SIR’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington.

“As we move to a new era of the IR residency, we need to as innovative as Dotter was as we train the IRs of the future,” said Dr. Darcy, a professor and chief of vascular and interventional radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Focused on education throughout his career, Darcy has trained over 125 interventional radiology fellows and continues to train new interventional radiology residents. His lecture, “IR training and the pursuit of excellence,” offered these key takeaways:

  • MACRA means IR needs to compete on cost and outcomes
  • Possession of excellent technical skills will allow IRs to compete
  • A detailed understanding of the fundamentals is critical to developing an IR’s practice
  • IR Residency will help IR achieve technical excellence by providing trainees with more cases and more opportunities for clinical management
  • Devoted mentors are key to developing elite performers
  • SIR should “teach teachers how to teach” as part of its educational mission

Above all, Darcy said, it is vital for teachers to instill “passion for IR” in all IR residents, because passion is what propels the specialty forward.