The start of the new IR Residency has created a lot of excitement, but now that the program has begun, more are considering the realities that come with change. And those training changes will impact all IRs, according to those who’ve helped developed the new training paradigm and other IR leaders.
Interventional radiologists practicing in academic centers may have a better understanding of the intricacies of the new integrated and independent residencies that will eventually replace fellowships, said Saher S. Sabri, MD, FSIR, Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Other types of practices haven’t experienced the changes first-hand but they will once the first groups of residents complete the new training program.
“We spent a lot of time on the nuts and bolts and details about how to train IRs and getting the programs ready to train them, but now we have to prepare the job market to receive them,” said Dr. Sabri, a co-coordinator of Monday morning’s “IR/DR–Developing our future leaders” categorical course.
Anne C. Roberts, MD, FSIR, who is co-coordinating and presenting during the two-hour session that starts at 8 a.m. in Room 409A, said that the revised training still requires the basics — “You can’t do good interventional radiology unless you’re a good diagnostic radiologist,” she said — but also develops skills to make new IRs better at managing more aspects of a patient’s care, something that wasn’t emphasized in the formal training for earlier generations of IRs.
Those from integrated or independent residencies will start their careers with better clinical training and different expectations about what they will get out of practicing radiology. That will require practices to determine the best ways to utilize these updated skill sets, along with a push to make sure the support exists within their practice groups for increased clinical care rounds and consultations.
“I’m hoping that there’ll be more of an evolution on the part of diagnostic radiology groups to understand that they really need to support their interventionists, and groups understand and appreciate the visibility that IRs bring to their practices,” said Dr. Roberts. “Interventionalists need to have the time to develop the clinical aspect of their practice. We can’t be asking them to read chest x-rays. Interventional radiologists need to build up their interventional radiology practice.”
While almost anybody attending Monday’s course will find useful information about the changes in training, it was designed mostly for residents, fellows and others in the early stages of their career, Dr. Roberts said.
The session is informally split into two sections. In the first section, scheduled presentations includes discussions about what the new training paradigm involves and how it was put into place, touching on the importance of longitudinal care and challenges in curriculum and in the examination process.
The second section focuses on the future job market, with sessions on what successful candidates will look like in academics, IR/DR practice, and IR-only practice. The course will wrap up with a panel discussion about setting expectations for future IRs entering the job market.
“Our goal is to bridge that gap and explain what we’re trying to accomplish by the training, how that’s going to be different, and then get feedback from the rest of the community about what’s best for them,” Dr. Sabri said.
IR/DR: Developing our future leaders
8 – 10 a.m. Monday
Scheduled session titles:
- How did we get here? Why is it called IR/DR and not IR only?
- Difference between IR residency and IR fellowship. The importance of longitudinal care
- The challenges in building a dedicated IR curriculum. What should we teach future IRs?
- Testing in the new IR training paradigm. Updates on the ABR exam
- Job market needs. The candidate I am looking for in academics
- Job market needs. The candidate I am looking for in IR/DR practice
- Job market needs. The candidate I am looking for in IR-only practice
- Panel discussion: Setting expectations for future IRs entering the job market