By Jennifer Darnell, MS4, Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Research is the driving force of modern medicine and its contributions to the field of interventional radiology has helped propel it into a primary specialty. Although medical students and IR trainees are driven to engage in research, many do not possess a fundamental skill set or knowledge base to pursue their research goals. Navigating a research project, from the formulation of a research question to submitting a manuscript, can be frustrating and unintuitive to those not familiar with the process. In order to address this issue, the SIR RFS Clinical Education Committee’s Research Division is proud to introduce the SIR Introduction to Research Online Program (ITROP), a comprehensive webinar series covering fundamental topics in research.

Designed by a team of residents and medical students, SIR ITROP aims to provide a foundation which prospective and current IR trainees can build upon in their research endeavors. Participants will benefit from the education and guidance of prominent researchers from various institutions, including members of the SIR Executive Council, throughout each module. These webinars may also be used as a resource in the future as they encounter relevant challenges in their training. Most importantly, participants will gain the confidence from their acquired knowledge and skills necessary to critically analyze scientific literature and recognize their full potential in attaining their research goals.

Registration for SIR ITROP is now open here. In order to gain recognition of course completion, participants must attend 7 of the 10 course modules at the specified date and time (dates listed below). Each module also contains relevant journal articles to be reviewed before each course and short pre- and post-module quizzes and surveys. Upon completion of the course, participants will be formally recognized by SIR RFS with a Certificate of Completion that may be added to their Curriculum Vitae and verified through RFS.


January 7, 2018: Introduction to IR Research / Formulating a Research Question
January 21, 2018: Ethical Issues and the IRB Process
February 4, 2018: Biostatistics / Study Design and Methodology
February 18, 2018: Case Reports and Observational Studies
March 4, 2018: Retrospective and Prospective Studies
March 25, 2018: Clinical Trials / Interpreting Trial Data
April 8, 2018: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis
April 22, 2018: Basics of Academic Writing and Editing
May 6, 2018: Research Publication Process: Submission, Peer Review and Editorial Decisions
May 20, 2018: Mentorship and Grants

(All courses will be at 8:00 PM EST)


We hope you take advantage of this unique program that aims to benefit your career as a physician researcher. For any questions regarding the course, please email

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