Getting involved as a medical student
Here we outline the best ways for medical students get involved with interventional radiology & IR Juniors. Whether you are just exploring a few different specialties, or are 100% committed to pursuing interventional radiology, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with the specialty.
Learn about a career in interventional radiology
Introduction to IR. Interventional radiology is a fantastic career that combines clinical medicine, imaging/technology and procedural skills for a huge range of patients and medical conditions. Find out more about exactly what the specialty involves and whether it is right for you by looking through the introduction to IR and career pathway pages.
Elective/SSC Placements. Electives are a fantastic way to obtain experience in IR. Many students find that their IR placements are highly valuable experiences with a lots of practical, hands-on exposure. We are collating list of the elective opportunities available across the world, as well as previous elective experiences by medical students.
Attend Educational Events
IR Juniors Events. IR Juniors runs a number of educational events in IR, both on a national level but also in collaboration with UK radiology societies. These include applications and careers sessions, national teaching and journal clubs. Find out more here.
National & International IR Conferences. There are also many IR conferences run by national and international societies. Some conferences, particularly CIRSE (the European conference) have a well established medical student programme and offer funding to attend the event. These events are also good places to submit posters to present.
Take part in interventional radiology research
Find a research mentor. Many IR departments across the country will be looking for medical students to join research projects. We are developing a research map of academically-interested IR consultants who are keen to mentor medical students on research.
Collaborative Research. The UNITE collaborative is a joint research collaborative run by IRJ and BSIRT who run multi-centre audit projects. We actively encourage medical students to be local collaborators for these projects. Taking part is a great way to get involved in multi-centre projects, as well as work towards publications/presentations for your CV.
Academic Careers. IR Juniors wants to support any medical students/juniors who want an academic career. We maintain a website section dedicated to academic career options, including the academic foundation programme (AFP), academic clinical fellowships (ACF) as well as research opportunities.
Join the IR Juniors Committee
Join an IRJ sub-comittee. IR Juniors contains a few different sections focusing on different aspects of IR for medical students. Each section has a lead who sits on the IRJ core committee, and leads the team on a number of different projects. Recruitment into a subcommittee occurs on a rolling basis - check out our open sub-committee positions here. Once each team is full, you can still join the team in order to develop a new initiative - just email us at email@example.com with a proposal for your idea, and we will get back in touch with you.
Be part of the core IR Juniors team. This is a fantastic way to be part of the juniors shaping the future of interventional radiology. We will be running recruitment for the core IR Juniors committee on a yearly basis. Most of the positions for the 2021-22 core committee have already been recruited, but we are still looking for medical students to join the sub-committees. Click here for further details.