IR training has changed and, with it, the ways in which the best and the brightest are recruited into the field.
The move to a program that trains medical students immediately after graduation instead of waiting until they are in diagnostic radiology means that efforts to attract the best students has to start early in a future physician’s education.
SIR is working on many fronts to develop a pipeline of new talent into IR. For example, the Medical Student Council (MSC) sessions at SIR 2017 expose students to some of the major procedures performed by interventional radiologists and offer a glimpse into what life as an IR entails.
“I don’t think medical students have known much or thought much about radiology,” said MSC Chair Kyle Wilson, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Maryland. “It tends to get buried in the medical school curriculum, if it gets mentioned at all.”
Even long after the meeting, SIR members can help grow the specialty in many ways.
SIR’s Mentor Match program gives SIR members the opportunity to connect with fellows and help with their professional development. Wilson said that the program also offers a great platform for medical students to interact with physicians in their area.
He said that an easy first step for any IR practitioner interested in promoting the specialty should be signing up under the Mentor Match tab on SIR Connect and submitting their areas of interest so students can reach out to them. To sign up or learn more, go to sirweb.org and click on the Member Central tab at the top of the page.
Wilson encourages SIR members attached to an academic institution to get involved with an IR interest group at the school. If a school doesn’t have an IR interest group, SIR members who find students to work with to create one will help advance the profession.
MSC has a web page dedicated to interest groups established at medical school across the country. Visit
bit.ly/2k5JEY6 for more information.