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Issues Most Pressing to Early-Career Interventional Radiologists: Results of a Descriptive Survey

Published:March 13, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2021.02.023

      Purpose

      To determine demographics, practice patterns, needs from Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), and preferences of interventional radiologists (IRs) early in their careers.

      Methods

      A 28-question descriptive survey was used to identify demographic and practice composition, practice issues, and needs of early career IRs. The survey was distributed to SIR members in the United States (US) (n = 859) within the first 8 years of practice, with 213 respondents (25%).

      Results

      Respondents were primarily male (n = 181, 87%), less than 40 years old (n = 156, 73%), in practice for 6 years or less (n = 167, 79%), and satisfied with IR as a career (n = 183, 92.4%). The majority were in academic practice (n = 89, 43.2%) or large private practice group (n = 67, 32.5%). Most respondents read diagnostic imaging daily or weekly (n = 130, 61%). The majority of respondents perform complex procedures regularly including transarterial tumor therapy, percutaneous tumor ablation, peripheral arterial interventions, and biliary interventions monthly. Many respondents (n = 49, 23%) have changed jobs at least once citing career advancement, practice issues/disagreements, or compensation as reason. Most respondents would serve as mentors (n = 170, 80%) for trainees and were satisfied with their career mentorship (n = 166, 78%). Respondents felt that mentorship, identification of barriers facing early career IRs, and networking should be the most important functions of the Early Career Section (ECS)of the SIR.

      Conclusion

      As nearly all survey respondents indicated that early career IRs have different needs and priorities than established physicians, they felt that mentorship, identification of barriers facing early career IRs, and networking should be the most important functions of the ECS. Additionally, this same group of IRs report low comfort with the business side of medicine and may benefit from directed content provided by the SIR ECS.
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