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The future of interventional radiology

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | April 01, 2019
From the April 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


Looking at the next decade, Marx projects a higher growth rate in interventional radiology and credits that trajectory to a decision made in 2012 by the American Board of Medical Specialties to recognize interventional radiology as a separate primary specialty, not just a subspecialty of diagnostic radiology.

What that means, she said, is a student can decide to pursue interventional radiology as a residency straight out of medical school, working in an interventional radiology program with dedicated faculty mentors and teachers over a sustained period of time.

“We are already seeing a very high level of interest in interventional radiology, and it's attracting a high caliber student interested in the patient care and procedural aspects of minimally-invasive image-guided treatment. It appeals to medical students who want to be directly in charge of decision-making for patient care,” said Marx. “Also, people will be in IR training for six years not just one year, which will move the scholarly activity and research forward by leaps and bounds. High-end academic programs will get NIH training grants and increase the sophistication of the research in our field.”

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