Can you share your journey into interventional radiology and what inspired you to pursue this specialty?

Before I did my first interventional radiology rotation in residency, I knew I was going to like it, despite not having spent any time in the IR suite as a medical student. I enjoyed procedures, challenges, team work and anything hands on. That being said, I had no idea I was going to love it. As each day of my rotation went on, I realized that this was the type of environment I wanted to work in, the type of work I wanted to be doing and the type of team I wanted to be a part of. Once I started to get more involved in the IR world, with CAIR for example, I was getting to know interventional radiologists at different stages of their careers and through learning about their careers, involvement in the IR community and their journeys, which solidified that this was a career path I wanted to pursue.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career. As I worked with interventional radiologists at different stages of their careers, their passion was inspiring, I had not yet met a subgroup of radiologists who loved their careers as much as IRs seemed to. After my first month on an IR rotation, I was hooked, I knew that I wanted to grow a career like this and to be part of this a team and community that is passionate and innovative.


What are some key challenges you faced as a woman in interventional radiology, and how did you overcome them?

As a female trainee interested in and working towards a career in interventional radiology, the main challenge I have faced is finding and connecting with female mentors in the IR community. Simply due to the small percentage of females in IR, it has been challenging to meet and get to know someone to be a mentor in the field. One of the ways that I have been able to find and connect with mentors has largely been through spending time at conferences, being a part the CAIR organization, and taking the time to network with individuals outside of my local community.

Another key challenge that I have faced is hearing negative comments from those outside of interventional radiology about my desire and plans to pursue a career in interventional radiology. For example, it is not uncommon for other trainees or staff to mention that it is a busy career with risk of radiation exposure, and also comment on the difficulty of having a family or having children while working as a female interventional radiologist. The best way I found to overcome this was to remind myself that these comments were not coming directly from people who had experience in the area, and I would take the time to speak with others who have had years of experience working as an Interventional Radiologist and listen to their lived experiences as female IRs.

In getting to know female IRs who have worked for several years, had children and are incredibly successful, I was able to reassure myself that any negative comments I had heard were likely coming from a place of lack of understanding about the situation. While some people may have been mentioning these items from a good place or thoughts of concern, it has been ongoingly reassuring the more I hear from experiences female IRs who do not even mention the same negative concerns about being a female in the field of IR, but instead talk about the support they have received as a female in the field.


How has the landscape of interventional radiology evolved over the years, especially in terms of gender representation?

As I am still in the early years of my journey, I am not able to provide a representative comment on this topic as it pertains to the last several years. I would like to highlight though, that in only the past 2 years, during my involvement with the CAIR Resident, Fellow and Student Section (RFS) I have seen an increase in the number of female residents and students who are interested in pursuing a career in Interventional Radiology. Furthermore, I have seen a substantial amount of increased interest from medical students of all backgrounds involved with the CAIR RFS and who are interested in interventional radiology. Through my experience with the RFS I am certain that in the past few years alone, IR has become a more well known specialty amongst trainees and that it will continue to grow in diversity in the years to come.


Can you share any insights into the networking opportunities available for women in interventional radiology?

The CAIR organization offers a few different avenues for networking opportunities with women in IR. Being an involved member of the CAIR RFS opens the door to meet other female trainees who are interested in IR and to work together on the RFS. The CAIR RFS also hosts an annual Women in IR virtual panel which is an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the amazing female leaders in IR across our nation. The CAIR Annual Scientific Meeting is an excellent in-person event to attend and be able to learn from and meet women in IR, at the ASM there is a Women in IR Cocktail event which has been an incredibly successful event in the past years and is an excellent opportunity to attend and chat with other women in IR.


Are there any specific organizations or conferences that you recommend for networking and career development in interventional radiology?

The CAIR ASM, SIR in the United States and CIRSE in Europe are three of the larger conferences that I have personally attended, enjoyed and been able to network at. Each of these are excellent conferences and there is ample opportunity to submit research and presentations for opportunities to present and for funding. Even if you are not submitting a presentation, simply attending these meetings is a great way to learn more about interventional radiology and to meet other likeminded trainees.


What advice do you have for women in interventional radiology who are navigating leadership roles within the specialty?

Start now, work on honing your skills as a leader even as a trainee. Be patient, take the time to learn about yourself as a leader and to learn with and from your team members. Keep one foot in the door, as best you can, create and maintain healthy relationships with colleagues in the IR community, both at your institution and around the country. If you encounter difficult situations and are unsure how to navigate them, don’t be afraid to reach out to a peer or mentor to discuss the situation and ask for help working through it. Lastly, trust in your ability to succeed in a leadership role, and work hard to maintain a high standard for yourself.


What steps can women take to foster a supportive and collaborative community within the interventional radiology field?

In my opinion, the most important thing that everyone who is part of the interventional radiology community can do is to support and encourage others in their endeavors. It is so simple to be kind and encouraging to others as they work towards their goals and as a woman in the field, it is so important to not only be an ally but to recognize one as well. It is important to take the time to create connections with other women who are both in the field of IR and who are interested in a future career in IR. Some of the times I have felt the most comfortable and supported have been when female leaders in the field of IR have engaged in simple, everyday conversations with me. It is valuable to create an open environment that fosters positivity and support for women on their journey to and through a career in interventional radiology.


Can you speak to any initiatives or projects you’ve been involved in that aim to address gender disparities or enhance the representation of women in interventional radiology?

I have been fortunate to be a part of several initiatives which enhance the representation of women in interventional radiology, many of which are through the CAIR organization or through similar societies and communities such as SIR.

The CAIR hosts a Women in IR cocktail and their Annual Scientific Meeting, and it has been an excellent opportunity to attend the event, meet other women in radiology who are staff, trainees as well as technologists and nurses in the field.

Similarly, at the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting I have been fortunate to be able to attend Women in IR sessions, to learn about other’s experiences and also to meet other women in IR.

Alongside the strong female leadership of the CAIR organization, I have been fortunate to join the executive director and President in meetings with other organizations such as BSIR to engage in discussions around diversity within their leadership teams and organization.

Over the past two years since I have been with the CAIR RFS, the RFS team has put together some amazing virtual Women in IR events, with a panel of esteemed speakers. Being a part of the RFS and simply watching the Women in IR committee grow and work together to plan events such as these has, in itself, been an incredible experience. Through efforts such as this, I am certain that there will be changes in the diversity of trainees who are interested in interventional radiology and who pursue it as a career path.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR’s Annual Scientific Meeting.


AGM documents

Agenda

The agenda for this year’s AGM is available here (coming soon).

2023 Annual Report

The 2023 CAIR annual report is available for download here.

2023 Financial Statements

The 2023 Financial Statements for CAIR are available for review here.

Board of Directors

We look forward to seeing you in Calgary!

For questions and inquiries about our AGM, please contact Siri Boulom

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

Jaspreet Bajwa, MD
Clinical Fellow Interventional Radiology
University of Toronto


Can you share your journey into interventional radiology and what inspired you to pursue this specialty? 

I hadn’t given a thought to IR until I did my first rotation in it. I had always enjoyed every rotation in residency, but particularly enjoyed my breast, MSK and body rotations because they had a procedural and clinical component. I enjoyed meeting patients again, and even more enjoyed working with my hands. My first IR rotation solidified this but it wasn’t until my second IR rotation where my teachers pulled me aside and told to seriously consider a career in IR that brought it to the forefront of my mind. I did my due diligence in researching the career and speaking to as many people as I could about it, and in the end felt that an IR career is where I would be most professionally fulfilled.


How do you balance work and personal life in a demanding field like interventional radiology?  

Fellowship is a year of many highs and many lows, and is incredibly demanding of your time and energy. To set you up for success, I believe it’s important to have a good support system in place outside of work to ground you and help keep life in perspective. Also remember you don’t have to be the one to do everything – outsourcing chores or tasks that are low priorities for you free up your time for other things. Examples would be ordering groceries online or getting them delivered, getting a maid service etc. Prioritizing, a great work ethic and a solid support system are all you need for a balanced year in fellowship!


What advice do you have for women who are aspiring to enter the field of interventional radiology?

I would encourage them to chat to women in the field already and ask them every question that is on their mind, and to not be afraid to ask the hard questions on topics such as pregnancy, family life and radiation risk. I encourage talking to multiple people to get multiple perspectives. The more information you have at your disposal, the better equipped you are to make decisions for your own life and career.


Are there any specific skills or areas of knowledge that you recommend focusing on during training for a career in interventional radiology?

I highly recommend getting your hands on a needle and probe at every opportunity possible during residency. Being able to expertly use an US probe and a needle set us apart from other specialties, and open doors to almost every organ in the body. Having this basic skill also sets you up for success in your fellowship, so that you can then work on refining your skills to get the smallest of targets, and add fluoro and CT guided skills into your arsenal. Fellowship is only a year, so starting on the ground running is an excellent way to maximize the year.


What role do you think diversity plays in enhancing the practice of interventional radiology?

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers. More specifically, having more women in IR can mean more attention on health issues more specific to women, especially when building procedure protocols or pain relief regimens to procedures like UAEs, breast interventions, pelvic varices etc.


Are there any specific organizations or conferences that you recommend for networking and career development in interventional radiology?

The CAIR RFS is a fantastic place to start for Canadians. You get to meet like minded individuals from all phases of training and make friends with people you will likely be meeting over and over in your career as an IR. I would highly recommend attending their in person and online meetings, and as a trainee, submit cases to the Virtual Angio Clubs and Residents and Fellows Day at the Annual Meeting. The more people you meet, the more perspectives on IR you will benefit from.


Have you encountered any specific stereotypes or misconceptions about women in interventional radiology, and how do you address them?

Yes. Before I joined the CAIR RFS, I thought the women that went into IR had to be the kinds of girls that fit into the boys’ club, looked a certain way that people didn’t worry if they’d be able to withstand wearing lead all day, or had to have a strong personality that people believed they’d be able to lead in the Angio suit. However, after seeing so many women interested in IR during my time with the RFS, with such diversity in their leadership styles, their cultural backgrounds, and their personalities, that I immediately felt more validated; that I, too, can be an IR and I wouldn’t be the outcast. There’s plenty of room in this field for everyone, so don’t let stereotypes stop you from doing what you love.

 

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

Call for Submissions

We are excited to announce the Trainee Day at the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place in Calgary, May 22, 2024 .

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

This year, we will be structuring the day to include two sections: a case presentation section (maximum 10 minutes/presentation) and an interactive show and tell ‘Guess the Procedure’ section.

Eligibility for Submission:

  • Residents: Those currently enrolled in a radiology residency program in Canada and who are members in good standing with CAIR.
  • Fellows: Those undergoing fellowship training in interventional radiology in Canada and who are members in good standing with CAIR.
  • Medical students: medical students from Canadian institutions with a keen interest in interventional radiology and who are members in good standing with CAIR.

Submission Criteria:

  • Relevance: Cases should be pertinent to the field of interventional radiology.
  • Originality: Submissions should be unique and not previously presented at other conferences or published in journals.
  • Quality: High-resolution images with clear annotations. Accompanying text should be concise, clear, and provide educational value.
  • Ethics: Ensure patient confidentiality is maintained. Any identifiable patient information should be removed or anonymized.
  • Format: The presentation must be anonymous, your name and your institution, and any identifiable marks should not appear on the ppt/pdf. Max 10MB. Images and videos can be low resolution in a submission file and full resolution when presenting. If there is a need for larger file submission, please contact us directly at cairservice@cairweb.ca.

 For the “Guess the Procedure” show and tell section:

  • Submit presentations which can include images and/or videos up to 4 slides.
  • Presentations may need to be adjusted after submission to fit the format for the session.
  • Include a 250 words summary of the case.

Additional documents:

  • A letter of intent explaining why you would like to attend.
  • A short, updated CV (maximum 2 pages) that must include contact info (email address and phone number).
  • A letter of standing or a letter of support signed by any supervising staff radiologist.

This is your moment to shine and contribute to the enrichment of our community’s collective knowledge. Not only will this be an excellent platform for learning and interaction, but it will also provide invaluable exposure and feedback from esteemed professionals in the field.

IMPORTANT: Submissions need to be complete to be considered. Send your complete submission at cairservice@cairweb.ca
DEADLINE: February 5th, 2024

Attending the Annual Scientific Meeting is mandatory, complimentary registration, accommodation  for up to four (4) nights for those who are not local, and a bursary for transportation for the most economical way to travel to the event, up to $800, will be provided to the successful candidates selected to present. If you have questions regarding transportation and/or the amount covered, please email cairservice@cairweb.ca

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

Purpose

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

  • Service to Interventional Radiology may include teaching, research, clinical investigation, and/or promotion of Interventional Radiology or CAIR. Research must be recognized for quality and consistency by publication in recognized professional journals.
  • Service to CAIR may include outstanding contributions to the CAIR, other medical organizations, and/or government agencies.

The CAIR Award may also recognize individuals who have dedicated their past and present talents to advancing the quality of patient care through the practice of Interventional Radiology, and/or who, by their outstanding achievements, also help to ensure the future of the field.

Eligibility

  • CAIR member in good standing for the past five (5) years
  • Candidates may not nominate themselves
  • CAIR Board members are not eligible during their term of office
  • Individuals will not be considered if they have received an award within the last five (5) years

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted via email to luciana.nechita@cairweb.ca, by December 31st, 2023, attention: Nominating Committee, subject: CAIR Award nomination and include the following:

1) Completed nomination information, including:

  • Nominator’s name, affiliation, title, address, phone number, and email.
  • Nominee’s name, affiliation, title, address, phone number, and email.

2) A statement / letter of nomination, not to exceed 500 words, addressing the following areas:

  • Significance of contributions.
  • Quality and impact of contributions.
  • Years (duration) of significant effort.
  • Geographic range of contributions.
  • Resume or CV of nominee.

3) One (1) letter of support (in addition to the nominator’s narrative) from a person familiar with the nominee’s achievements.

Please note the letter of support must be from a person other than the nominator.

Evaluation Criteria

The process of evaluating nominations is:

1) Determination of eligibility for consideration

  • Does the nomination satisfy the guidelines for eligibility?
  • Is the nomination complete?

2) Determination of merit

  • If a candidate is deemed eligible, the merit of their nomination should be evaluated with respect to the narrative, letter of reference, resume/CV, and any additional supporting documentation.

3) Selection: A nominating committee will review the submissions and make recommendations to the CAIR Board for final approval.

  • CAIR is under no obligation to present the award annually.
  • Except under special circumstances, the award will be given to one nominee each year.
  • Only in the event of the demise of the nominee after being selected shall the award be presented posthumously.

Presentation of the Award

The CAIR Board President will present the Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense. His role as a staff at UHN/MSH VIR for greater than 20 years has directly contributed to the most number of fellowship trained interventional radiologists in Canada. With the help of his colleagues, he has developed one of the most competitive and desirable Canadian VIR Fellowships. More recently, he was involved in gaining Royal College Interventional Radiology Subspecialty designation and developing the Interventional Radiology Residency Subspecialty Training Requirements/Objectives of Training.

Dr. Simons has made a significant contribution to Interventional Radiology scientific literature and daily clinical practice. He has regularly published in leading VIR journals on various clinically relevant topics. His main contributions have been in the fields of vascular malformations (high and low flow), hepatobiliary intervention including TIPS, uterine fibroid embolization, and hemodialysis vascular access. Moreover, Dr. Simons has established the largest prostate artery embolization practice in Ontario. He is also pushing the envelope by initiating a multidisciplinary study on left gastric embolization in the bariatric population. These are monumental accomplishments that ensure the ongoing role of VIR in providing cutting-edge patient-care.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 3:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR’s Annual Scientific Meeting.


AGM documents

Agenda

The agenda for this year’s AGM is available here (coming soon).

2022 Annual Report

The 2022 CAIR annual report is available for download here (coming soon).

2022 Financial Statements

The 2022 Financial Statements for CAIR are available for review here (coming soon).

Board of Directors

 

We look forward to seeing you in Québec City!

For questions and inquiries about our AGM, please contact Siri Boulom

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

ALOHA from Hawaii

The Western Angiographic & Interventional Society (WAIS) celebrated its 50th annual conference this past fall held September 24-29, 2022 at the Fairmont Orchid on the beautiful Island of Maui.  Though I was unable to attend, (I was probably already shoveling myself out of a prairie snowstorm), a few BC IRs made their way to Hawaii and have reported back on what they got up to.

Now I had never heard of WAIS, it seems like an exclusive club, and to a degree it is.  The WAIS membership region covers 15 Western States and British Columbia Canada, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and British Columbia Canada.  I may email them and see if they would consider Saskatchewan western enough.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture, this year given by Dr. Barry Katzen.  This year, CAIRs very own Dr. Lindsay Machan was recognized as a Luminary in Interventional Radiology, he is also a past president of WAIS. Other Canadian past presidents include Dr. David Liu. Aside from potentially rubbing elbows with the above name dropped IR heavy hitters, this year Dr. Nevin de Korompay, IR from Kelowna BC and WAIS member, had the privilege of meeting both Dr. David Kumpe and Dr. Tom Sos, I suspect you’ve used their catheters once or twice.

In conclusion, if you are only able to attend one conference a year I would recommend the CAIR Annual Scientific meeting in Quebec, QC, May 25-27, 2023.  But if you are looking for a conference in the fall that is held in Hawaii every 2 years consider WAIS (you don’t have to be a member to go to the conference and there is an excellent conference rate at a beautiful hotel). Maybe see if Dr. Machan can get you the member rate if you don’t live in BC?

Dr. de Korompay and Dr. Kumpe living their best island boy lives while enjoying the Western Angiographic & Interventional Society Annual Conference in Maui in September.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

Please just hear me out!  I know it is annoying, but I am back to make another plug for the Royal College Exam in Interventional Radiology.  I realize no one enjoys exams, and specifically paying lots of money to take an exam that they are unsure or unclear of the benefit. I get it. But in case you have been thinking about it I wanted to encourage you to consider it.

Here is what Dr. Stephen Ho, Chair of the Specialty Committee in Interventional Radiology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada wants us all to know about the potential impact of this exam.

“I believe that the future of Interventional Radiology in Canada is in our hands to shape and guide. By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field. I would like to encourage all practicing IRs in Canada to take this opportunity and show our merit!”

The next exam will be Wednesday September 27, 2023, though if you haven’t registered already you will need to get your registration for the Fall 2024 exam submitted by August 31, 2023.  Please enjoy this link to the Royal College information page for the Interventional Radiology exam and consider signing up.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),

 

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital), a community hospital (Eagle Ridge Hospital) and a community imaging clinic (MedRay Imaging). Royal Columbian Hospital is a busy site located in New Westminster and provides tertiary care services to the Fraser Health Authority in Neurosciences, Cardiovascular, Trauma, Obstetrics/Perinatology, and Interventional Radiology. Eagle Ridge Hospital is situated in the beautiful and rapidly growing suburb of Port Moody and provides community level hospital services to Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam. MedRay Imaging in Coquitlam (www.medrayimaging.com) is a modern, vibrant fully digital facility providing the whole range of community.

The full posting is available here.

Seeing the range of procedures that IRs performed, the innovation involved in the day to day practice and industry side of things drew me even more to the career.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 23rd, 2024 at 2:50 pm at the Westin Calgary in Calgary, AB, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diversity in the doctors in IR means more understanding in the diversity of our patients and providing an overall more inclusive place for our patients to come to for their health concerns. It matters greatly when there are cultural or language barriers to getting treatment, and having a specialty with many physicians from all walks of life can help alleviate some of those barriers.

As the future leaders in interventional radiology, this is your opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and innovative approaches to the wider professional community. We invite you to submit your most intriguing and instructive cases for consideration and presentation.

The purpose of the CAIR Award is to recognize those who have made significant contributions and provided extraordinary service to the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and/or the discipline of Interventional Radiology.

A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense.

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) will be holding an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its voting members in good standing on May 26th, 2023 at 15:40 pm EST at Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, during CAIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of Interventional radiology topics and includes M&M Case Presentations, Rapid Fire Clinical Rundown and The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture

By obtaining certification, we are committing to excellence and taking IR to the next level. Having Royal College certification identifies us as experts, for the benefit of our patients and for contributing to advancement in our field.

Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI) is seeking a full time Interventional Radiologist. PMI is a dynamic, 22-member Radiology Practice that services a tertiary care hospital (Royal Columbian Hospital),