SIR 2019’s Career Symposium, starting Sunday morning, March 24, will have something for every interventional radiologist, no matter the practice type or level of experience.
The symposium starts with a combined look at “What Every Medical Student, IR Resident and IR Fellow Should Know.” After that, individual sessions will focus on issues related to either a career in academics or a private practice career.
One of this year’s symposium co-coordinators, Paul J. Rochon, MD, FSIR, of University of Colorado School of Medicine, said that this year’s expanded symposium is unique because it touches on several different aspects of interventional radiology and will answer questions that many IRs—whether they are in training, early into their careers or farther along—face whether they follow the academic or private practice path. Both tracks have a symbiotic relationship. The majority of medicine is practiced and the majority of trainees work in the private sector, but the majority of that training takes place in the academic world.
“They both need definite, separate emphasis,” Dr. Rochon said. “Some elements overlap in terms of career building and promotions, for example, but others are specific to each environment that junior IRs and trainees need to know.”
The first session, which is for trainees and those early into their IR careers, will feature topics such as life as an IR trainee, life as an academic or private practice IR, what employers are looking for in new hires, and information about changing jobs early in a career.
Raj Pyne, MD, FSIR, Rochester General Hospital, New York, who serves as co-coordinator for many of the symposium’s private practice sessions, said that the 2019 Career Symposium is a natural extension of last year’s career symposium. The 2018 symposium focused more on what it takes to build and maintain a successful private practice.
This year, Dr. Pyne said, the organizers wanted to show the multiple career paths available in IR.
“A lot of it will be what we wish we knew going into our careers,” he said. “A lot of times, it seems like a simple decision to take a job here or there, but it profoundly impacts your career trajectory in terms of what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go.”
After the student, resident, and fellow-focused session concludes, the symposium divides into academic and private practice tracks. At 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, concurrent sessions will look at how to get an IR career started. At 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, a session will delve into challenges and advancement opportunities for those who’ve reached the mid-career point, defined for symposium purposes as roughly 5–10 years of practice.
The focus Monday, March 25, shifts to the issues of more experienced IRs. The session “Career Pivots and Reinvention” at 8:30 a.m. Monday will cover moving into private practice after a long academic career, and vice versa, or moving into administrative and leadership roles. A 1 p.m. session looks at financial planning and retirement concerns, and the final symposium session at 3 p.m. examines wellness and resilience and should be of interest to all IRs.
Since both career paths covered during the symposium address issues across several points of a career arch, the organizers wanted to include presenters with an array of backgrounds who have experienced the transitions they will be discussing. Some will be presenting at an annual meeting for the first time.
“Everyone has different experiences and relate to speakers differently,” Dr. Rochon said. “ We want to bring a very diverse audience and be truly inclusive. Our speakers, we hope, will reflect the diversity and inclusion that we want and need in our specialty.”
SIR 2019 Career Symposium Sessions
What Every Medical Student, IR Resident and IR Fellow Should Know
8:30-10 a.m. Sunday | Ballroom F
Getting Your Academic IR Career Off the Ground
1-2:30 p.m. Sunday | Ballroom E
Getting Your Private Practice IR Career Off the Ground
1-2:30 p.m. Sunday | Room: 9B
Mid-career IR Advancement and Challenges (Academic Practice)
3-4:30 p.m. Sunday | Ballroom E
Mid-career IR Advancement and Challenges (Private Practice)
3-4:30 p.m. Sunday | Room 6B
Career Pivots and Reinvention
8:30-10 a.m. Monday | Ballroom E
Financial Planning and Retirement
1-2:30 p.m. Monday | Ballroom E
Wellness and Resilience
3-4:30 p.m. Monday | Ballroom E