There are a wealth of mandatory and optional research experiences and opportunities available for the interventional radiology residents at Vanderbilt.
All second-year DR and Interventional Radiology (IR) residents join an NIH-funded, Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) affiliated research team. Residents are given an average of half a day a week for the entire second year of residency for their research efforts. Specific goals of the research project are team-dependent, but at a minimum all residents are expected to submit an abstract to a national meeting as well as to participate in the annual Vanderbilt Radiology Resident Research Forum and the Vanderbilt Graduate Medical Education Research Symposium. Our residents continue to have great success in their research experiences and go on to produce exhibits, present abstracts and/or write papers with their research teams. IR residents at Vanderbilt have presented at national meetings including SIR, WCIO, ISET and more.
Residents interested in greater experiences in research have numerous options available to them. Additional dedicated research time throughout residency is available to highly-motivated, grant-funded residents with a concrete plan for how the time will be utilized. In all cases, emphasis is placed upon making sure residents have a strong mentorship network and a manageable plan. We assist interested residents in pursuing extramural funding and our NIH-funded faculty members are always eager to mentor and assist those residents who wish to pursue such a route. There are opportunities to work with members of both the VUIIS and the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (ViSE). The latter is a unique and outstanding opportunity for IR residents with an interest in biomedical engineering and device design.