Welcome to SIR 2018! On behalf of Society of Interventional Radiology leadership and staff, thank you for joining us in Los Angeles.
We meet at a time of unprecedented strength and renewed excitement, for both the specialty and your society. With an incredible 7,600+ members (almost double our number just a decade ago), SIR anticipates even further growth as new IR residency programs receive record numbers of applicants.
SIR remains well poised to foster the opportunities that come with such a dynamic specialty. We start 2018 with a new five-year strategic plan that prioritizes our members’ evolving needs as we work together to improve lives and optimize minimally invasive patient care.
Our 2018–2022 combined strategic plan focuses on four important areas:
- Workforce needs
- Lifelong learning
- Strategic alliances
As 2017–2018 SIR President Suresh Vedantham, MD, FSIR, said in this year’s annual report:
“The new strategic plan reflects a determination to eliminate the barriers that prevent patients from getting outstanding interventional minimally invasive care. That means understanding the realities of our practice and using a data-driven approach, soliciting evidence, both from clinical trials and many other sources and curating that to give us a fact-based method to really transform the field and ultimately patient care.”
How is SIR helping to ensure your success in the new health care environment?
Through education. Our webinars, articles and other communications explain QPP, MACRA, MIPS and APMs, while SIR’s standardized reporting templates help you submit data to the new IR Registry and qualify for MIPS/QPP incentives.
Through advocacy. Our advocacy team fights tirelessly on your behalf before Congress and payers on the efficacy of IR procedures, ensuring that you are reimbursed fairly for the optimal treatments you offer your patients.
Through innovation.To help ensure that you’re at the leading edge of developments in high-quality care, SIR provides educational opportunities throughout the year—from an increasing library of on-demand online education to SIR’s newest stand-alone meeting, “ACTiVE: Advanced Therapies in Venous Interventions.”
Through engagement. While we continue connecting like-minded members in new dedicated sections, we celebrate the incredible diversity that interventional radiology brings to patient care. SIR’s new Speaker’s Bureau, a list of expert women, international and underrepresented minority speakers, increases the specialty’s visibility around the world, in all its many forms. That amazing breadth is the key to the limitless potential of the specialty, and we why are celebrating its range with our “IAMIR” campaign.
As you go about this year’s annual meeting, you’ll no doubt see these efforts come to life in the sessions, workshops and on the exhibit floor. While most of the learning takes place in the hundreds of categorical courses, workshops, scientific sessions, “meet the experts” and plenary sessions, though, most know from experience that what’s truly unique here is that you’ll also gain more insight into the world of IR in the hallways and through the many networking events. If you take full advantage of all this premier event has to offer, you will leave Los Angeles more ready than ever to solve the toughest medical problems, together, and no matter where—and how—you practice IR.
Join me in saluting the SIR 2018 Annual Meeting Committee: Program Chair Brian Funaki, MD, FSIR; Workshop Program Chair Daniel Sze, MD, FSIR; Scientific Program Chair Constantino Peña, MD, FSIR; and SIR 2017 Chair Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR. Working in concert with faculty and SIR staff, they have done tremendous work to bring this meeting to fruition.
Finally, please feel free to share your thoughts about how SIR can make IR and your professional world better. We are here for you!
Thank you for coming, and we hope you enjoy your time in Los Angeles.