The clinical training program is also supplemented by conferences given on a regular basis throughout the year. During the first two months of the year, a series of orientation lectures are provided which include topics such as contrast material, suturing technique, and conscious sedation as well as brief reviews of our most commonly performed procedures such as peripheral angiography, angioplasty and stent placement, and venous access device placement. Following the orientation period, the weekly lecture series continues for both fellows and radiology residents, covering the broad scope of practice of interventional radiology. Another conference for the fellows is the weekly VIR conference, during which time fellows present interesting cases which prompt discussions regarding technique, results, and potential complications of a variety of our procedures. Quarterly, this conference serves as our division’s mortality and morbidity conference. Additional conferences include a quarterly journal club.
The teaching responsibilities of the VIR fellows are inherent to the day-to-day responsibilities of this position. Fellows provide practical teaching and guidance to radiology residents and students as they participate in the pre-procedure and post-procedure evaluations of our patients. As they gain experience, VIR fellows are also expected to discuss technical aspects of a procedure when a resident or student is participating in a procedure as a second assistant. Finally, VIR fellows are asked to provide one board review session for the senior radiology residents.