Participation in research has been an important part of the activities of the Interventional Radiology division at Albany Medical Center. We are regularly involved with presentations and exhibits at national radiology meetings. Interventional Radiology is a field that is constantly moving forward into unexplored areas for minimally invasive technology. As a result, we are highly dependent as a specialty on the performance of high-quality and forward-thinking research. It is expected that fellows actively participate in these activities during the year to gain exposure to research methodology, to gain experience for a possible career in academic medicine, and to understand the importance of research to the specialty of Interventional Radiology
The Interventional Radiology division frequently participates in single center and multicenter clinical trials. Fellows are expected to fully participate in these trials. At the present time, our active clinical trials are listed below:
Clinical trials are one component of a research program in Interventional Radiology. Investigator-initiated retrospective studies are important as well and contribute important information to the field. Besides participating in ongoing clinical trials, fellows should be prepared to initiate a retrospective study on the topic of their choosing. Topic ideas and methodology should be discussed with our attending staff and appropriate approvals from the IRB should be obtained before moving forward with retrospective research projects. All fellows gain training in research through the ONLINE University of Miami-CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.