The always lively, sometimes a little edgy, Film Panel session returns to SIR 2015 on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium. In this year’s showdown, leading IR practitioners representing the academic and the private sectors will go head to head in a makeshift “gang war” disguised in a game show format, according to session co-moderators Aravind Arepally, MD, FSIR, and Rusty Hofmann, MD, FSIR, and coordinator Daniel Sze, MD, PhD.
“We’ll be pitting two teams of six against each other—the Private Practitioners versus the Academics,” Dr. Sze said. “It’s going to be the ‘Town-Gown Smackdown!'”
Dr. Sze, who will be on the sidelines at home recovering from spinal surgery, said that his partner Dr. Hofmann, Chief of Interventional Radiology at Stanford University, will advocate for the “Gownies,” while co-moderator Dr. Arepally, formerly an academic himself but now in private practice at Piedmont Hospital here in Atlanta, will side with the “Townies.”
The competition will feature a basic “Jeopardy”-style format, he explained, with some options borrowed from other shows, including “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Among some of the more interesting options, contestants will be able to Phone a Friend, Consult Dr. Google and Dr. Sze’s personal favorite, Bribe a Moderator. Any proceeds from the latter option will be donated to SIR Foundation, he noted.
The questions, he said, are designed to highlight the differences between the strengths of the private practitioners and of the academics, and will include trivia as well as visual diagnostic challenges.
“By challenging the film panel participants with unique and difficult interventional scenarios, the audience will hear about a wide spectrum of approaches, philosophies, priorities and experiences,” Dr. Sze said.
“As always with this session, the highlights will not only be in the information presented, but in the glorification, and the potential for public humiliation, of the panelists as they wrestle with some difficult questions and, figuratively speaking, with each other,” Dr. Sze said.
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Mark Garcia, MD, FSIR
David Liu, MD, FSIR
Anisha Desai Martin, MD
Mahmood Razavi, MD, FSIR
Keith Sterling, MD, FSIR
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Shellie Josephs, MD
Justin McWilliams, MD
Sanjay Misra, MD, FSIR
Wael Saad, MD, FSIR
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