SIR Annual Meeting Update
The Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Meeting concluded this March and as usual it was a bustling and exciting event for residents, fellows and attendings who share an interest in interventional radiology.
Unlike the ACR’s Crossroads of Radiology meeting, the SIR Annual meeting is held in a new location each year. This year we met in Washington, DC, from March 4–9.
The meeting began with medical student and resident-focused content spanning the weekend and early week. After check in on Saturday, I attended the Extreme IR + M&M Session. Ziv J. Haskal, MD, FACR, and Osman Ahmed, MD, led this four-hour session packed with innovative cases and extreme interventions. This was followed by the RFS Section Reception and SIR Opening Reception Saturday evening. It was great to meet and collaborate with other residents from across the country throughout the weekend.
As we came to the end of the Sunday afternoon content, the national meeting was already in high gear. We gathered in the formal ballroom for the prestigious SIR Gold Medal awards and the annual Charles Dotter lecture. The award winners were Katharine L. Krol, MD, Jeanne M. LaBerge, MD, PhD, and Gao-Jun Teng, MD, all well-known leaders in our field. Michael D. Darcy, MD, was the honorary speaker; he commented on trends in resident and fellow education and the pathway to excellence regarding procedural and diagnostic skill. He even dropped a few Kanye West quotes for good measure, which earned quite a bit of Twitter attention, #SIR17DC!
Education is certainly a major focus in the SIR environment. Medical student and resident interest in IR is extremely high, which was immediately evident at the national meeting. There are over 500 active medical student RFS members and the applications to the dedicated IR residency this year were enormous. It's a great time to be entering the field, and not surprisingly the RFS meetings were buzzing with member input and ongoing projects.
The remainder of the conference was packed with interesting topics. There was a dedicated pulmonary AVM discussion featuring Frederick S. Keller, MD, FACR. Another of my favorites was called Mea Culpa: Worst Disasters of my Career; and yes, they were catastrophic debacles! There was an incredible dedicated RFS hands-on Session called Catheters / Microcatheters / Coils / and Plugs. I also managed to register early enough to attend the RFS Reception and the SIR Annual Fellows Dinner, at which both John A. Kaufman, MD, and M. Victoria Marx, MD, gave interesting perspectives on the current state of IR/DR Residency.
The SIR National meeting was incredible. I highly recommend attending next year's meeting in Los Angeles (March 17–23) if possible, particularly if you share my interest in the ever-growing field of Interventional Radiology. Join both the ACR RFS and SIR RFS and get active. The RFS is filled energetic people who you'll be happy you met!
A. Kyle Deal (@akdealmd) is the ACR RFS Liaison to SIR, SIR Class of 2016 co-Chair, SIR Advocacy Committee member, and Pediatric service line contributor.