Albany Medical College currently offers three positions in an ACGME-accredited 1-year fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR). The majority of the fellowship year is spent as an active participant in clinical activities relating to VIR at Albany Medical Center. The VIR division has preserved its role as the primary providers of endovascular and non-vascular catheter based procedures. Therefore, VIR fellows are exposed to the full gamut of vascular and nonvascular procedures including the following:
It is our goal that our fellows acquire both the skills required to participate in the procedures traditionally performed by interventional radiologists and the comprehensive clinical knowledge required to manage patients before, during, and after these procedures.
To supplement the experience gained on the VIR service, fellows rotate in our outpatient office. In the context of this clinic, trainees evaluate new patients prior to therapeutic procedures, see patients in follow-up and perform procedures such as vein ablations for varicose veins.
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. Once a month, each fellow participates in the vascular institute weekly conference. This typically requires the VIR fellow to gather 3-4 cases regarding a particular topic and to present these cases to an audience of medical students and residents on the Vascular Surgery service as well as the attendings from both surgery and radiology. Finally, VIR fellows are asked to provide one board review session for the senior radiology residents