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Find your niche with section programming 

03-01-2021 10:59 AM

SIR TODAY | March 8, 2021

On Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, SIR 2021 will kick off with 2 days of section programming, created by members for members.

Find your section:

Early Career Section

The Early Career Section (ECS) will hold its programming on Saturday from noon–4 p.m.

“The Early Career Section has developed a program that specifically speaks to the unique challenges and concerns early-career IRs face,” says Shamar Young, MD, the ECS vice-chair. “This year’s session spans subjects from practice building to the upcoming ABR exam. It includes programming useful to academic and private-practice IRs as well as underrepresented minorities. While all IRs would likely find much of the content useful—such as our creative advertising discussion—the program was created specifically for those who have recently started practice.” 

The program will include:

  • Changes to the Certifying and Oral Exams—Anne Covey, MD
  • How to Build a Vascular Practice in Today’s Competitive Environment—Srinivas Tummala, MD
  • What Your Division Head Wants—Aravind Arepally, MD, FSIR
  • Tips and Tricks on Starting Up an OBL—David C. Sperling, MD, FSIR
  • Lessons from a Humbled WIR—Maureen P. Kohi, MD, FSIR
  • More Than Meets the Eye—Janice Newsome, MD, FSIR
  • Intro to Quality Improvement—Drew M. Caplin, MD, FSIR
  • Advertising in IR—Eric Depopas, MD

Residents, Fellows and Students Section

The Residents, Fellows and Students (RFS) Section will host 8 hours of programming on Saturday, March 20, broken into two blocks of content.

From noon–4 p.m., the SIR Medical Student Council has planned programming specifically for students, including sessions on:

  • Why IR?
  • Frontiers in IR: Prostatic Arterial Embolization
  • Frontiers in IR: Pulmonary Embolism
  • Frontiers in IR: Interventional Cryoneurolysis
  • Y-90 Radioembolization for Brain Cancer
  • IR/DR Program Director Panel
  • Biodesign Competition

The resident programming will run from 4–8 p.m., and showcase topics such as:

  • Ethics in IR
  • Health Disparities in IR: Structural Changes and Inequities and Solutions
  • International IR: Training and Working as an Interventional Radiologist in India and Tanzania
  • Private Practice/Early Career Panel
  • Independent IR Residency and Advanced IR Fellowship Program Director Panel

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant Section

The Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant (NP/PA) Section will present its programming on Saturday, March 20, from noon–6 p.m. The program includes a diverse faculty of IRs and advanced practice providers from various practice settings. Educational topics include:

  • An imaging review
  • Interventional oncology with focus on patient selection and HCC
  • Advancements in vascular access, ports and PICCs
  • Radiation safety
  • Sterilization techniques
  • IVC filters
  • Anticoagulation guidelines

There will also be time to engage with the section’s governing council to discuss upcoming projects or section activities.

Association of Program Directors in Interventional Radiology

The Association of Program Directors in Interventional Radiology (APDIR) programming will take place on Sunday, March 21, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The program will begin with the APDIR Business Meeting, followed by:

  • Informative sessions focusing on the Match
  • SIR’s Residency Essentials curriculum
  • The ACGME Case Log system
  • The IR Residency Training Tracker

Attendance at these sessions is limited to program directors, assistant or associate program directors, or program coordinators. 

Women in IR Section

Join the Women in IR Section on Sunday, March 21, from 1–8 p.m. for programming, lectures, award presentations and Q&A sessions.

The programming will include three sessions:

  • Women in IR: The IR Gender Gap

    • Facts and Figures: Diversity in IR
    • Barriers to Women in IR
    • Is it the Radiation? DR vs. IR
    • The Glass Ceiling
    • Women in Leadership—Career Development Strategies
    • The Importance of a Role Model in IR for Women
    • Overcoming Generational Differences in the Clinical Setting
    • Standing with Our Female Colleagues in Other Specialties
    • WIR: The IR Gender Gap Panel Discussion/Q&A
  • Women in IR: Navigating Your Career

    • Communication and Negotiation Skills for Women
    • How to Make a Great Presentation
    • How to use Social Media for Networking and Increasing Your Visibility
    • Enhancing your CV/The Art of Self-promotion
    • Overstressed and Overcommitted: Knowing When to Cut Back
    • WIR: Navigating Your Career Panel Discussion/Q&A
  • Women in IR: COVID-19

    • Learning from a Distance: The Value of Simulation Training
    • How Are You? Balance and Morale
    • Crisis Management Toolkit
    • When Face-to-face Is Not Possible: How to Introduce Yourself to New Colleagues
    • WIR: COVID-19 Panel Discussion/Q&A

”I’m so excited about the dedicated WIR program, which will discuss a variety of important and broad educational topics coupled with tremendously valuable discussions,” says WIR Chair Maureen P. Kohi, MD, FSIR.

The WIR programming will also include the InspIRed Lecture with guest speaker Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, president of the American College of Radiology.

”The WIR Governing Council selected Dr. McGinty to be the InspIRed lecturer because she is a tremendous role model for women in medicine and in radiology,” says Dr. Kohi. “She is a tireless advocate for women and underrepresented minorities and has served as an effective mentor and sponsor to so many. We are so honored and excited to have her join us.”

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