Establishing a Platform for Interest and Education in Interventional Radiology Amongst Radiology Trainees
Over recent times, procedural Radiologists have begun to establish themselves as the distinct subspecialty of Interventional Radiology (IR). The Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA) was established in 1982 to share collaborative ideas, encourage research, and promote education. IRSA developed a weekend registrar workshop attended by Radiology Registrars from Australia and New Zealand. In the 2018 event, we surveyed the Registrars to identify their interest in IR training before and after the workshop.
Materials and Methods
The event was held over a weekend and consisted of both lectures and hands-on workshops. A survey was handed to all 67 registrants of the workshop and there was a 55% response rate including 78% of females in attendance.
Before the workshop, trainees rated their interest in IR training at a mean of 3.7 out of 5. After the workshop, trainees rated their interest in IR training as an average of 4.4 out of 5 (p < 0.001). The difference in interest between males and females before the workshop (4.0 vs. 3.1) was significant (p = 0.003), however after the workshop (4.5 vs. 4.1) was not significant (p = 0.07). The change in interest from attending the workshop was significant between genders, p = 0.03 (male interest increased mean 0.5, female increased mean 1.0).
We show that a program of lectures and workshops designed to generate interest in IR leads to a significant increase in training interest, particularly amongst females. Other subspecialty groups should consider this type of intervention and promote ongoing education and inspiration.
Level of Evidence
Cross-sectional study, Level IV.
KeywordsTraining Interventional Radiology IRSA RANZCR Workshop
The authors would like to acknowledge the efforts of previous IRSA Registrar Conference convenors, in particular Dr. Glen Schlaphoff who has been instrumental in designing the current workshop format. We would also like to acknowledge the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.
All authors contributed to the production of this manuscript.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no relevant conflicts of interest.
Consent for Publication
Consent for publication was obtained for every individual person’s data included in the study.
Ethics Approval and Consent to Participate
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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