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I think we’re really at the tip of the iceberg. I think this is very early—in my mid stage of the career, I will probably not be practicing as this evolves into something that’s the full standard of care in multiple joints. But outside of BPH,
The CPT code may have certain required elements, and if you don’t put all of those in the report, you don’t get credit for doing the procedure. Or if the coders go ahead and code it, you could get audited later. So if someone goes to jail for f
The idea that we start a little earlier in getting our students acclimated to interventional radiology is going to be so important. And it already has made a difference—I think now, students have a much clearer sense of what it is, at a much ea
I guess my take-home point is that by no means is staffing for a stroke program a small undertaking, so it really is important to have the support from the hospital as well as other medical specialties when developing the interventional stroke
At the very beginning of the pandemic, there was a big outpouring of support through social media outlets and other avenues online between training programs throughout the country. So it was kind of almost a national level of collaboration for
If you follow good practices—you minimize the patient dose, you wear your protective clothing, you use the pull-down shields and you put the pull-down shields as close to the patient as you can—your exposures are going to be very low.  —Joseph
In our specialty, the stereotypes are ... you have to be a certain height. So I hear from women trainees and aspiring interventionalists that, "You know, you're too small ... You can't reach things." It's not true!—Barbara Nickel Hamilton, MDWa
You see that it's appalling. What can you do, and what can we do as privileged human beings, to denounce this? To say that it's wrong? To not stand for it? To say, "You know what? That's not right and this is what I'm going to do about it."—Pau
"One of the big organizations that are groups of people/stakeholders that really change things, in terms of education for sure, are medical students, themselves .” —Jeanne M. Laberge, MD, FSIRWarren Krackov, MD, FSIR, speaks with interventional
I wanted to practice clinically oriented IR. I thought, “If I go to a group and say that we should practice IR, then my group is going to say yes—you should go for it!” And as many people know, that’s not the way the world works.” —Raj Pyne, MD
The media portrayed scenes of just terror, frankly, particularly at Elmhurst Hospital. You see these lines of people that are waiting outside with so much anxiety and you know where that place is, you’ve driven past, you’ve seen with your own e
You don’t just put a filter in and forget about it—but that’s what used to happen. And when you put a filter in, it’s like anything else. We are clinical physicians in IR and vascular surgery, and when we put these filters in your patient, you
We may not have had everything we wanted, but we had most of the things we needed. And most of the things we needed were our own ingenuity, our own innovativeness, that comes from practicing our own specialty, interventional radiology.  —Janice
It’s kind of been a roller coaster ride. We’re all excited about everything that was gong to happen with the annual meeting … And then at the beginning of the year we started to get reports and that’s when we started saying, “What are we going
I am originally from a third-world country. When I moved to the United States, I couldn’t believe all the resources that were being wasted in America. And I feel that, for the first time in America, we are learning that. We are learning that we
One thing I was recognizing very quickly was that, at that time, there was very little guidance from the CDC. A lot of the information was coming from publications from the Chinese experience and the changes that needed to be put in place were
There was a report that several people had been sick, and several were transported to hospitals. The next thing we heard was that all of the ambulance crews and firemen who had been involved in the transfer were in quarantine … and it really se
Figure out your targets and then automate as much as possible, be it through automatic transfers, automate your savings, move it to a separate account that you're not going to touch. And do as much of that through automation as possible, becaus
If you put yourself in a place where you say, "Oh, that will never happen to me because I'm strong, and I'm stoic, and I have it under control and I have all the answers," then you already have made yourself susceptible to burnout. —Felicia Spe
ATTRACT essentially found that, really, it's the people with iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT) who are the ones most likely to benefit and that, in fact, quality of life was improved in the iliofemoral patients. And so that certainly sugge
Without being able to articulate what that value is, I’m sure many IRs across the country can relate to the struggle that might ensue when you’re trying to [explain it]. You know you’re valuable, but you have trouble quantifying it and articula
That could actually create a really big void if we’re not in communities taking care of patients. We’re the “go-to,” we’re necessary in these big systems or big hospitals, but when you get very far from them at all, then you have communities th
It’s not me trying to do five more so that you guys do five less. It’s my trying to work with you to reach out to these women who are suffering in silence out in the community. There’s somewhere in the United States 2 to 3 million women with sy
During that time period, many of the Japanese Americans, like my parents who were born in the United States, were a quiet bunch of people ... and so my parents never talked about it. In fact it wasn’t in our history books, growing up. I didn’t
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