The SIR 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting remains the pre-eminent and most comprehensive meeting for interventional radiologists.
But hundreds of sessions — and a multitude of other special events during SIR 2018 — make reviewing the meeting schedule before arriving in Los Angeles important.
“There are so many sessions offered that it does take some forethought and planning to get the most out of it because you could easily miss something important to you,” said 2018 Workshop Program Chair Daniel Sze, MD, PhD, FSIR. Looking for sessions in a specific area of IR? The official SIR 2018 app and the online planner at sirmeeting.org are most helpful. Both have the most up-to-date schedules plus details about each session in the 14 specific pathways. This year’s pathways are:
- Practice development
- Oncologic interventions
- Peripheral arterial interventions
- Venous interventions
- Portal hypertension
- Women’s health
- Neurovascular and carotid interventions
- Dialysis access/renal insufficiency interventions
- Pediatric interventions
- Gastrointestinal interventions
- Clinical associate pathway
- Nonvascular interventions
More than 1,600 abstracts were submitted this year, with about 400 selected for oral presentation. The number of submissions set a record, said Scientific Program Chair Constantino Peña, MD, FSIR, and the quality of those submissions was also better than ever.
The SIR Annual Meeting Committee works hard to put together a balanced program that appeals to all facets of the field, Dr. Peña said. The abstracts selected showcase the breadth and depth if IR.
“The advantage of this type of meeting is that you’re going to see the many aspects of interventional radiology,” he said. “No one does everything, so being able to learn and see different things helps shed light and opens up other opportunities. That’s really important.”
The hundreds of categorical courses, symposia, “meet the expert” sessions and workshops deliver the latest developments and breakthroughs and highlight expert faculty. Dr. Peña also recommends visiting the traditional posters, e-posters and poster sessions to discover many different educational aspects at the meeting.
The planning committee and SIR leadership strive for a balanced, comprehensive program since the world of IR is so innovative and broad.
The sessions covering pediatric IR, lymphatic interventions, benign prostatic hypertrophy and musculoskeletal interventions show the growth in those areas and originated with feedback from attendees of past meetings.
“We incorporate attendee feedback every year,” Dr. Sze said. “We cycle through different topics and re-envision sessions that were not as well attended or were considered not as interesting or cutting-edge.”
Attendees can earn up to 20 SA-CME credits during this year’s meeting. SIR also offers the 2018 Digital Video Library, which allows attendees to watch sessions they missed during the annual meeting. With several new features to improve the learning experience, the Digital Video Library is available at a discount to those who sign up for it before the meeting. See sirmeeting.org for pricing and more details.
“I encourage all attendees to venture into areas that you know may not know much about and see how what you learn might change your practice …or see what you can add to your practice by being more on the cusp of things to come,” Dr. Peña said.