New report highlights need for recruitment, retention of interventional radiologists to small and rural practices
Philadelphia | October 12, 2022
A new report(opens in new tab/window) from a joint task force of the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) and the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) recommends improved access to interventional radiologists (IRs) in small and rural areas. The task force was formed to explore strategies for recruitment and retention of IRs in rural areas, which have the greatest challenges with access to interventional radiologic care.
“Interventional radiologists play a key role in improving patient health outcomes and creating healthier communities,” said Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FACR, FSIR, Vice Chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors and a member of the joint task force. “The recommendations should be beneficial for practices in small and rural areas that hope to recruit interventional radiologists and provide the care patients deserve.”
The task force focused on improving training opportunities, creating templates to help radiology practices and hospitals provide interventional radiology services in small and rural communities, and developing appropriate financial models to recruit IRs to these areas and retain their services.
“Access to an interventional radiologist’s care can be the difference between life and death, yet millions of Americans living in rural communities do not have access to the image-guided treatments IRs perform to literally save life and limb,” said SIR President Parag J. Patel, MD, FSIR, professor of radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. “Access to interventional radiology services improves the care offered within a hospital or health system. The recommendations outlined in this paper will help practices attract IR talent and expand IR services where they are often needed the most, eliminating IR deserts and improving patients’ access to the care they need.”
The report was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology(opens in new tab/window) (JACR®).
Notes for editors
The article is “Interventional Radiology Workforce Shortages Affecting Small and Rural Practices: A Report of the SIR/ACR Joint Task Force on Recruitment and Retention of Interventional Radiologists to Small and Rural Practices,” by Laura K. Findeiss, MD, Catherine Everett, MD, MBA, Ezana Azene, MD, PhD, Kelly Biggs, MD, Elizabeth Ignacio, MD, Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, Dennis Kay, MD, Oleksandra Kutsenko, MD, Ray Liu, MD, Vivek Padha, MD, Gilles Soulez, MD, MSc, and Tim Swan, MD (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacr.2022.08.004(opens in new tab/window)). It appears in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, published by Elsevier(opens in new tab/window). The article is openly available at https://www.jacr.org/article/S1546-1440(22)00578-6/fulltext(opens in new tab/window)
The full text of the article is also available to credentialed journalists; contact the American College of Radiology at [email protected](opens in new tab/window) or Elise Castelli, Society of Interventional Radiology, at [email protected](opens in new tab/window).
About the Journal of the American College of Radiology
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The Society of Interventional Radiology(opens in new tab/window) is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels - from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians.
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