Each morning, our entire team congregates by the board in the control area of the IR suites to review the procedures being performed on that day and the inpatients being followed by our service. The entire team consists of our physicians, our nurse practitioners, our technologists, and our nurses. This is an important part of the workday because it provides an opportunity for discussion about both routine and challenging patients and procedures. Fellows and residents typically make concise presentations about every patient scheduled for a procedure that day. This is followed by discussions about how particular procedures will be performed and what challenges are expected.
GI Tumor Board
On Monday mornings, from 7:15-8:00 AM, the IR fellows participate in GI tumor board, which is held in the Radiology classroom in our department. Fellows are responsible for working with pathology to present relevant images to supplement the discussion of cases. Our team actively particulates in discussions regarding the potential role of interventional oncology in in the care of these patients.
Interventional Radiology Teaching Conference
On Tuesday or Wednesday mornings, the interventional radiology attendings give a lecture to the residents and fellows in the department. These are given on a weekly basis between September and May. The topics discussed include the following:
Time is set-aside on Thursday mornings to sit and review topics of interest with fellows. The topics for discussion typically arise from an interesting case seen on a previous day of that week or on any topic of interest.
These are held periodically during the year and are designed to review recently published articles focusing on one particular topic. Fellows are typically responsible for critically presenting the assigned articles and then leading a discussion about the topic.
Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference
These conferences are held on a quarterly basis to review the complications that occur on our service. These are meant to be educational and not accusatory in nature. The fellows involved with one of the procedures selected for discussion will be asked to present the case, including the overall outcome of the patient.
Each fellow is permitted to attend one scientific meeting, at the department's expense, during the fellowship year. Typically, this is either the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting or the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) Meeting. Other acceptable options include the Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies (GEST) Meeting or the World Congress of Interventional Oncology (WCIO) Meeting when held in the U.S. Fellows are encouraged to discuss these options and decide themselves who will attend which meeting.