CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 203–205 | Cite as

Teaching IR to Medical Students: A Call to Action

  • Aoife M. Lee
  • Michael J. LeeEmail author


Interventional radiology (IR) has grown rapidly over the last 20 years and is now an essential component of modern medicine. Despite IR’s increasing penetration and reputation in healthcare systems, IR is poorly taught, if taught at all, in most medical schools. Medical students are the referrers of tomorrow and potential IR recruits and deserve to be taught IR by expert IRs. The lack of formal IR teaching curricula in many medical schools needs to be addressed urgently for the continued development and dissemination of, particularly acute, IR services throughout Europe. We call on IRs to take up the baton to teach IR to the next generation of doctors.


Medical education Interventional radiology IR IR curriculum Medical student Medical educators Student learning IR recruitment 


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Conflict of interest

AM Lee and MJ Lee declare that no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Royal College of SurgeonsBeaumont HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Interventional Radiology, Royal College of SurgeonsBeaumont HospitalDublinIreland

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