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Angiography & Interventional Radiology

Elective Number: 2905 (Lottery)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Sheeran

Coordinator: Sandy Kerns (sk9ef@virginia.edu); 924-9484

Rotation Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Rotation Location: UVA Medical Center, Main Hospital, Rooms 1047 & 1048

Available: Rotations 1-12

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Room 1832 - Residency/Student Elective Office

Typical day: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and Rotation Supervisor.
  • All requests for days off must be emailed to Sandy Kerns, Education Coordinator (sk9ef@virginia.edu).
  • Students are allowed to take off 1 day per week to interview between November 1st and February 1st.
  • Specific days missed must be approved by the Rotation Supervisor.

Dress Code: Gray scrubs required (locker/key provided)

Number of students per rotation: 2

Course Requirements:
Lecture Attendance: Attend vascular and interventional conferences (M/Tu/F 7:00 am, W 7:30 am, Th 6:45 am)
Additional Requirements/Expectations: 

  • Observe and assist in a wide variety of procedures
  • Learn indications for common procedures
  • Experience pre-procedure evaluations and post-procedure rounding
  • Prepare and present a case observed during the rotation (4 week rotation only)

Course Description:
Students will be involved in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients referred to the Interventional Radiology service. Students will participate in case preparation, interventional procedures, imaging interpretations, inpatient consultations, and daily rounds.

Rotation Goals:

  • Obtain understanding of indications and contraindications for common interventional procedures, including: lower extremity arteriography, chemoembolization, venous access procedures, TIPS, and others
  • Gain knowledge of arterial and venous anatomy important to interventional radiology
  • Understand essential pre-procedure evaluations for the most common IR procedures
  • Participate in the post-procedure management issues on daily rounds
  • Learn to perform basic vascular access procedures under direct supervision of an angiography attending (4 week rotation only)

General Learning Objectives:

  • Understand advantages of image guided minimally invasive procedures
  • Understand arterial and venous anatomy of the extremities and viscera
  • Understand nonvascular anatomy to include hepatobiliary and urinary systems
  • Be able to describe major contraindications to arterial and venous access
  • Familiarize students with the most common minimally invasive procedures to include venous access, arteriography, venography, nonvascular access, and associated interventions.

Specific Learning Objectives:

  • Perform ultrasound guided access of a vein with supervision (4 week rotation only)
  • Perform Seldinger technique
  • Observe and be able to describe the concept of digital subtraction imaging
  • Be comfortable with sterile technique and handling/preparation of sterile equipment
  • Recognize urgent/emergent patient presentations that are most often treated through interventional radiologic procedures

Preparatory Reading:
Guide to Angio-IR

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