By Ken Nakanote UCSD SOM, Class of 2017

The UCSD IRIG was established earlier during 2014. Our medical school provides access to the medical simulation center and an IR hands-on session became one of our goals. We had an incredible experience hosting our event and developed this document to help IRIGs across the country put on similar events. Below is a synopsis of our evening schedule with notes on how we would improve for subsequent events.

  • 5pm: Dinner with a brief student-led presentation on basic tenants of IR and the overview of the evening’s logistics. We had 3 IR physicians in attendance and one presented a few cases after our talk; with an audience of preclinical medical students, it is best to keep the cases simple and concise.
  • 5:45pm: Break into groups of 5-6 students and assign to each physician-run station. We had success with the following stations: jugular venous access, femoral artery access and central catheter access. One of our physicians brought many assorted “expired,” equipment from the hospital. This was certainly our most popular station; more specifically, we used surgical rubber tubing with a window cut out to watch stents deploy and balloons inflate. As for other stations, we had ultrasound at each one and had the most success after connecting them to large screen displays for groups larger than 6 students. Rotations lasted about 45 minutes each. Although this may seem like a long time, it was the right amount of time to let each student have a go at each activity while guided by the physician through each step.
  • 8:00pm: Conclusion of event.

Below are photos from the event

Figure 1: Dr. Hamed Aryafar guiding students through the Seldinger Technique and central line access
Figure 2: Dr. Maud Morshedi guiding students through ultrasound-guided femoral artery access
Figure 3: Dr. Justin Tan guiding students through locating the jugular vein by ultrasound guidance. Note the large display screen that we implemented

A special thanks to: Drs. Hamed Aryafar, Maud Morshedi and Justin Tan. Also to Brian Webb and the staff of the UC San Diego medical simulation labs.