The European Trainee Forum
To make sure IR will continue its success story in the next decades, CIRSE has developed a comprehensive strategy to engage medical students and IRs in training and to secure a steady stream of fresh minds into the discipline.
What is the European Trainee Forum?
The European Trainee Forum (ETF) was officially formed as a subcommittee in 2015. With its establishment, CIRSE aims to increase its support for the next generation of interventional radiologists, ensuring the future of IR as a discipline. The ETF is set to become a driving force in CIRSE over the next few years and openly encourages input and ideas by all young CIRSE Members with regards to all issues and concerns facing young interventional radiologists and those still in training.
The purpose of the ETF
Once undergraduate medical students have made the decision to train in interventional radiology, they must undergo several years of medical training. In order to better support these doctors on their way to becoming full medical professionals and to supplement other educational activities, CIRSE has launched the ETF. Its purpose is to enhance the participation of young physicians in international scientific and educational activities and to create a space within CIRSE to further their careers through networking opportunities. Also, the Forum aims to increase CIRSE’s understanding of national differences and particularities in IR training to deliver effective support for anyone on their way to becoming part of the IR community.
The ETF at CIRSE Annual Meetings
Among others, the ETF offers special sessions tailored to the needs and interests of young IRs and those in training, focussing especially on enhanced international cooperation and networking as well as encouraging young IRs to play an active role in European research projects. For the first session at CIRSE 2016 several experienced IR practitioners provided an insight in to the discipline. CIRSE 2017 will see an expansion of two dedicated sessions, featuring first-rate speakers from around Europe, and three short talks on issues relevant to young IRs and trainees.
The ETF is also involved with the CIRSE Student Programme to further its impact and help increase the number of European medical students that opt for a career in interventional radiology. A further endeavour of the ETF is to make IR a more attractive choice for female medical students, who are unfortunately still somewhat underrepresented.
ETF: Empowering IR’s Next GenerationIntroducing the European Trainee Forum (ETF)! Launched by CIRSE in 2015, the ETF aims to encourage the participation of interventional radiology trainees and residents in scientific and educational activities throughout Europe.