Interventional radiology is a high-tech medical field that is set to grow significantly in the coming decades and will play a vital role in the future of medicine. IR touches on virtually all cutting edge areas of patient care: Robotics, personalised medicine and the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence are only a few examples. And as technology advances, the IR and his competences will deliver vital contributions to patient care and become an increasingly important part of interdisciplinary cooperation. So training to become an IR doesn’t only mean embarking on an exciting career in an innovative field, it also means being at the forefront of medicine.
Being a clinician is not just a job, it’s a calling!
But IRs don’t only spend their days in front of screens or tinkering with gadgets. Being an interventional radiologist requires a unique mind-set and set of competences: Not only must an IR be an outstanding diagnostic radiologist and technologically savvy; he or she also needs to be an excellent clinician, able to communicate with patients and follow up on them as well as vital part of a medical centre’s interdisciplinary cooperation.
Opportunities for IR’s next generation
CIRSE supports trainees, residents and young IRs in numerous ways, for example by offering events and sessions made exclusively for IRs in training and at the beginning of their career, by establishing networking opportunities and support programmes or by representing trainees and residents within CIRSE via the European Trainee Forum. Check out the links on the right for more information.