Education Mission Statement

CME Mission Statement


The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) believes it is the professional responsibility of interventional radiology professionals to pursue continuous learning and professional development throughout their careers in order to improve their knowledge, skill and performance. It is, therefore, the mission of SIRís graduate and continuing medical education program to provide high quality educational activities, self-directed learning modules and assessment tools pertinent to all aspects of interventional radiology, with the overall goal of advancing physician competence, enhancing practice performance, promoting patient safety, and, where possible, improving patient outcomes.

Target audience:
Educational activities will be directed to physicians, physicians-in-training, and other healthcare professionals (clinical associates, medical students, scientists, and researchers) in the interventional radiology field.

Content areas:

Educational content is determined by the assessed needs of SIR members, with emphasis upon enhancing longitudinal clinical care, promoting the use of new therapies within the specialty, and maintaining competence in the execution of these therapies in order to ensure quality patient care.
The educational design, instructional method and learning format for each educational activity is chosen to best serve the assessed learner needs and the planned objectives of the activity.

Program types:

As a national specialty society accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide medical education for physicians, SIRís educational programs include, but may not be limited to, an Annual Scientific Meeting, publication and journal-based materials, live regional and web-based events focused on specific topics, and online learning modules.
SIR is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) to provide Self-Assessment CME (SA-CME) Credit toward continuing education activities, and will offer these learning opportunities to assist members with meeting the life-long learning and Practice Quality Improvement criteria toward fulfilling the ABRís Maintenance of Certification requirements.

Expected Results:

Participants in SIRís educational programs will display competence in the newly acquired information and knowledge relevant to the practice and growth of the specialty of interventional radiology and the enhancement of patient care through innovative image-guided procedures. We expect that our learners will express their intent to change their behavior and apply newly acquired strategies in their practice. If evaluated within the setting of clinical practice, we expect their performance to show improvement or a positive impact on targeted patient outcomes to be demonstrated.