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Clinical Electives Program: Interventional Radiology/Interventional Oncology

Four-Week Session offered monthly

Prerequisite: Completion of third-year medical school clerkships

Rotation Coordinator
Dr. Wael Saad

Rotation Description
The Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology (IR/IO) rotation is focused on minimally invasive image-guided interventions, patient care, and teamwork in a clinical research-intensive setting. Direct participation in patient care is required and encompasses daily procedures, workup of consults, pre- and post-procedural care, and inpatient rounding (when appropriate). The clinical experience consists of five full days in the IR lab during the week. Students will work under the supervision of IR attendings and the IR lab team on a daily basis. Education will be geared towards IR services available at the NIH Clinical Center, which include but are not limited to Interventional Oncology, navigation tools for tumor biopsy, venous thromboembolic disease, hepatobiliary/GU interventions, venous access, and other customized procedures performed on patients enrolled in research protocols or clinical trials as part of the NIH research mission. Students are expected to attend multidisciplinary conferences, departmental meetings, tumor boards, and other designated conferences. Learning resources are potentially available through the NIH library. Each student is required to give one 30 minute case-based/evidence-based presentation during the last week of the rotation. Additional participation in the preparation and submission of a case report is possible at the discretion of the rotation directors.

Rotation Objectives

  • Learn about the clinical practice of Interventional Radiology in a research intensive setting.
  • Further develop basic case presentation and patient evaluation skills. Become familiar with basic procedural indications and contraindications. Develop pre and post procedural assessments and plans.
  • Learn about the spectrum of imaging techniques and modalities used in IR/IO.
  • Learn about the basic tools and techniques used in IR, especially in the translational research and Interventional Oncology setting.
  • Learn multi-disciplinary teamwork and patient care first hand.

Daily Schedule (7:45 AM-until)

  • Meet the attendings in the IR reading room.
  • Round on patients.
  • Participate in morning report.
  • Discuss applicable cases, workup consults, and present patients.
  • Interact with and examine patients peri-procedurally, with patient approval.
  • Evaluate patients pre- and post-procedure, as appropriate.
  • Engage in both supervised and independent study.

Selection of Applicants
This elective is designed primarily for students who have completed their third-year medical school clerkships (exceptions possible at discretion of rotation coordinators). Only one student per month can be accommodated.

Clinical Supervisors

  • Venkatesh Krishnasamy, MD

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This page last updated on 11/03/2022

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