Welcome to Austin, Texas, as SIR brings its annual meeting to the “Live Music Capital of the World.” But Austin is more than live bands and barbecue. It’s also known for having a culture of creativity, innovation and invention that mirrors interventional radiology—making it an ideal location for SIR 2019. The SIR Annual Meeting Committee has designed the educational sessions, workshops and other events to meet the needs of today’s interventional radiologists as IR continues to grow into its status as an independent specialty.
“’We’re undergoing a true cultural change, and the annual meeting is an opportunity for us as a unified group of physicians to develop a vision and strategy about how to achieve more independence and to thrive in this new environment,” said SIR Annual Meeting Committee Chair Daniel Sze, MD, PhD, FSIR.
The annual meeting will feature popular sessions from prior years as well as impactful new offerings, from Saturday’s Extreme IR symposium to the Stroke Course on Wednesday and Thursday, and many more in between. This year’s new or expanded offerings include a career symposium focused on academic and private practice settings, with topics of interest for those in training, early-career IRs and longtime practitioners.
Dozens of new sessions selected from SIR members’ proposals will be introduced, covering topics including carotid stenting and stroke treatment, spine and musculoskeletal interventions, veterinary IR, dysautonomia, renal denervation, machine learning, robotics, virtual reality, endoscopy, device development in the NIH, and working for the government. In addition, there will be dedicated sessions showcasing international IR from Japan, Israel, India, Australia, and Asia-Pacific.
To improve the annual meeting experience for attendees, SIR has streamlined and simplified the schedule to help with planning a daily schedule. Categorical courses and SA-CME all will be 90 minutes long this year. In addition, case-based workshops will take on an “Angio-Club” format and “SIR Connect Live” sessions replace “Meet the Experts” sessions with an emphasis on greater audience participation.
In fact, all annual meeting events have an emphasis on hearing from all parts of the IR community. SIR 2019’s expanding roster of session speakers, for example, highlights SIR’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Presenters from diverse backgrounds and experiences will share their knowledge and experiences throughout the meeting.
“I anticipate that the meeting will provide tremendous excitement and a place where we can share our ideas and experiences to help take the specialty beyond where we’ve been for the past few decades,” Dr. Sze said.
It all happens in one of America’s fastest-growing and most exciting cities. Outside the Austin Convention Center, a wide array of outdoor activities, excellent food and the best in live music await.
Austin’s dynamic energy will carry over into the Expo. In addition to the expanding roster of exhibitors showcasing their goods and services, the Expo will offer a true taste of Austin with food truck–style meals and live performances by local musicians during Expo breaks.
The next several days are perfect for spending time with old friends, colleagues and mentors, discovering new friends and colleagues with shared interests, and taking time to rejuvenate and celebrate IR through SIR 2019’s educational and networking opportunities. Please share those experiences by using the hashtag #SIR19ATX with your social media posts. Help spread the word by being a social media ambassador for IR! And if you haven’t already, follow @SIRspecialists on Twitter and Instagram, and like the Society of Interventional Radiology on Facebook.
With so much happening in Austin, make sure to download the official SIR 2019 mobile app to plan your days. Use the app to search abstracts, navigate the Expo, submit faculty evaluations and even find local dining options on the app. Also use the app to sync to your SIR Personal Planner.
Each issue of SIR Today will highlight sessions and special events taking place, and you can get even more information at its companion site, sirtoday.org.