Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe

A career fit for the future

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.

European Trainee Forum

The European Trainee Forum – ETF – is not only the framework for all CIRSE activities related to IR trainees, residents and young IRs, but also a European network and community of all IRs in training and affiliated to CIRSE. The ETF has an inclusive approach and participation in most ETF events and activities do not require a membership or prior participation.

ETF: Empowering IR’s next generation

Introducing 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.

What the ETF does for trainees, residents and young IRs

The ETF’s primary 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. For this, the ETF organises a number of events and activities at CIRSE congresses and beyond, ranging from sessions and social activities all the way to career support.

In addition, the ETF 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 Subcommittee

The European Trainee Forum Subcommittee (ETFS) is the governing body of the European Trainee Forum and represents European trainees, residents and young IRs within CIRSE.

What the ETF Subcommittee does:

  • Represents the next generation of IRs
  • Coordinate all ETF activities
  • Advise and support the leadership of CIRSE with all matters relating to IR Training and all early stages of a European IR’s career
  • Facilitates communication between national IR trainee organisations
  • Helps with CIRSE’s mentoring activities and Students’ Programme
The ETF Subcommittee at CIRSE 2019 (from left to right: G. Vatakencherry (SIR), R. Cazzato, R. Dezman, R. Chand (SIR), N. Zdanovskis, M. Polovinčák, D. O’Neill, C. Aleman, G.-M. Jørgensen, G. Makris, R.M. Benz, A. Bibok, A. Putzer, N. V. Costa, L. Novosel, C. Delhaye, C. Minoiu, V. Žigić, C. E. Markhus)
FranceRoberto L. Cazzato, Chairperson
SloveniaRok Dežman, Deputy ChairpersonŠpela Koršič
United KingdomGregory Makris, Past Chairperson
AustriaGregor LaimerCatharina Klausenitz
BelgiumCorentin DelhayeEveline Claus
Bosnia and HerzegovinaKristian Karlović
Bulgaria Done Cilkov
CroatiaAntonio BulumElvira Krešić
Czech RepublicTo be appointedMatěj Štefánek
EstoniaKaarel Kärmas
FinlandHeikki Elias Pärssinen
FranceLaetitia SaccentiPierre De Marini
GermanyJonathan NadjiriHenrike Renate Ziegler
GreeceEvgenia EfthymiouSpyridon Prountzos
HungaryAndrás BibokKinga Kecskés
IrelandCormac O'Brien
ItalyFrancesco GiurazzaRosa Cervelli
LatviaNauris Zdanovskis
LithuaniaMantas Buitkus
The NetherlandsAyou CharehbiliMorsal Samim-Nizak
NorwayLasse RøvikAnne Marte Schroder-Aasen
PolandKrzysztof PyraMałgorzata Milnerowicz
PortugalInês Conde VascoJoão Louro
SerbiaSlobodan TorbicaIvana Stojić
SlovakiaLukáš VinczeGabriela Vidanová
SpainMaria Pilar Servent SaenzIgnacio González-Huebra
SwedenOlof JonmarkerBoglarka Tot
SwitzerlandAdrian Kobe
United KingomJim ZhongBhavna Pitrola

IR trainee committees in Europe

Help increase the number of IR trainee committees in Europe by establishing one in your country! If you are interested in launching a committee in your country, feel free to contact us at [email protected] to get some advice on how to do it – we will connect you with the ETFS member that represents your country!

See below the list of countries that have already such committee in place:

  • Austria (JÖGIR)
  • Italy (ICIR Rising Stars)
  • Netherlands (NVIR Junior Committee)
  • Spain (SERVEI ERF)
  • United Kingdom (BSIRT)
  • Slovakia (ETF Slovakia)

ETF Webinar: How to establish an IR trainee committee

Watch this ETF webinar to get inspired and learn more about best practices and activities conducted by the above-listed IR trainee committees!

Certify your IR knowledge

As a trainee, you are already aware of the fact that interventional radiology is a young, yet exciting and pioneering medical field. Since IR is not yet appropriately represented in many national medical curricula and training schemes, CIRSE offers the European Board of Interventional Radiology, an examination held 2-3 times a year, to ensure you can demonstrate your knowledge and experience in this field and achieve official certification. This examination has been around for over 10 years and has built a solid reputation resulting in valuable recognition within the global IR community.

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