The current IR training pathways are a welcomed change and result of hard work by our leaders in radiology who recognized the advanced skills and expansive practice of IR. Being dual boarded in diagnostic and interventional radiology is advantageous for numerous reasons including the unique ability to accurately utilize imaging to independently diagnose, treat and overall manage patients as well as the fact that the majority of IR jobs split DR/IR responsibilities and being a highly skilled DR is required.
Considering the wide breadth of IR procedures, that continue to expand, and extensive knowledge base and advanced technical skills required to safely and effectively perform some of these complex procedures I believe the transition to two years of IR training was a must.
There are stark differences in the daily practice of a DR and IR. Additionally, there are differences in personalities drawn to each field and medical students interested in IR, but not DR may decide not to pursue IR. For those in training there is possible opportunity loss during training
by rotation requirements in order to meet minimum standards and pass boards (but are of low interest and possibly not part of one’s future practice plans ie NM, mammo, MSK). Of note, I do recognize the nuanced benefits of these modalities in being a highly effective IR, but I am questioning if this time is better served on IR/NIR/SICU/etc rotations.
In consideration of these points and possibly others do you anticipate future changes to the IR training pathways? What changes, if any, would you like to see?
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