SIR 2019 offers all attendees a chance to learn and grow through its complete catalog of scientific, workshop and other educational sessions, but the annual meeting also gives the hundreds of session faculty and coordinators the opportunity to strengthen their presentation skills–helping to ensure a healthy pool of presenters for future meetings.
When SIR 2019 Scientific Program Chair Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, MD, FSIR, joined the 2019 Annual Meeting Committee, she wanted to find ways to highlight the work of junior faculty and increase the visibility of women and underrepresented minorities in IR research.
SIR 2019 will help that goal by pairing junior faculty with senior faculty to moderate sessions. For most sessions, an experienced faculty member with years of presenting and moderating experience will share the podium with a younger faculty member. Junior faculty were selected based on their areas of expertise and publishing background.
The idea is for the more experienced faculty to help train their counterparts who haven’t led sessions, improving their comfort at the podium. Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh said that this blending of junior and senior faculty will improve this year’s sessions.
“Junior faculty can have a fresh perspective and bring a fresh set of eyes, but the senior faculty bringing their experience is so important because they did a lot to get to where they are,” she said. “Combining those perspectives will help bring the sessions even more to life.”
Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh said that the 2019 Annual Meeting Committee reviewed over 1,600 abstracts this year. About 400 of those were accepted for oral presentations during the annual meeting, with over 400 to be displayed as posters.
All abstracts went through a blinded peer review based on the worthiness of the science, the strength of the methods used, whether the results correspond with those methods, and whether the conclusion is based on the results and methods.
“The submissions we received were so innovative, including embolization for musculoskeletal disorders—not just for the knee, but elbows, as well,” Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh said. “There’s a lot of interventional oncology—that was kind of predominant. We also noticed an enhanced focus on pathophysiology and basic sciences of disease mechanisms, which was extremely interesting and welcome. There also was a trend to publish on combination therapies.”
Annual meeting attendees will note that the Meet the Expert sessions have a new name—SIR Connect Live—with an emphasis on increased audience participation, and that Case-based Workshops are now Angio Clubs, changes that take these sessions back to their roots: small groups in small rooms discussing specific cases or situations.
Through the years, the sessions grew and turned more didactic and lecture-driven, with upwards of 60 people in a room. This year, expect a setting more conducive to questions and discussion.
“We wanted to revert back to the way it was when it was started, similar to an angio club, where you sit down with an expert and have the chance to say, ‘This is what happened. How would you do this?’” Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh said.