SIR members are encouraged to volunteer to serve on a SIR Foundation committee. Becoming a committee member provides you with the opportunity to grow as a physician and as a leader within the society, the foundation, and the specialty. Society and foundation committees fit all areas of expertise and interest and offer opportunities to influence the practice and study of medicine, network with colleagues and participate in leadership activities.
Below are SIR Foundation's committees:
The Research Grants and Education Committee is charged with providing IR researchers with educational opportunities that will improve their understanding of research and thereby increase the number of skilled investigators.
The Grant Review Study Section is charged with reviewing grant applications and determines the number of additional reviewers necessary based on the number of applications submitted. The section recruits Grant Review Study Section members based on areas of expertise that are compatible with the areas of research identified in the grant applications.
The task force is dedicated to increasing the engagement of IR physicians and scientists with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help increase NIH funding for SIR members.
The Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Committee reviews scholarship applications during the three GEMS cycles of August, December and April. In addition to reviewing the online applications, committee members also participate in conference calls to evaluate all applications.
The Clinical Research and Registries Committee oversees and develops strategies for all SIR Foundation clinical research activities, including the development of clinical trials and clinical registries as well as the orchestration of research consensus panels (RCPs) and research summits.
The Clinical Registries Committee supports different clinical registries to increase IR involvement in data gathering and research. Registries may be related to MDEpiNet and other external organizations. The level of support will vary depending on the needs and status of the registry. Participation may include reviewing start-up agreements as well as developing strategies to raise registry awareness and increase data collection. The committee also evaluates different registry opportunities provided by the membership and provides guidance on the next steps.
The Clinical Trials Committee supports different clinical trials to increase IR involvement in clincial research. The level of support will vary depending on the needs and status of the study. Participation may include reviewing start-up agreements as well as developing strategies to raise study awareness, increase enrollment and maintain subject retention. The committee also evaluates different trial opportunities provided by the membership and provides guidance on the next steps.
Comparative Effectiveness Research focuses on differences in safety, effectiveness, resource utilization, health disparities, economics and quality-of-life outcomes among existing management or treatment options. In the absence of randomized trials, well-designed cohort studies can provide much-needed clinically relevant comparative outcomes data. The Comparative Effectiveness Research Committee will help the SIR Foundation develop the evidence base comparing interventional radiology services and procedures to their medical and surgical alternatives.
The Gala Committee serves as the member voice behind the planning of the annual SIR Foundation Gala. The committee is responsible for venue selection, outreach to physicians and physician groups to support the Gala through table and ticket purchases, and planning other activities to raise funds for SIR Foundation.
The Corporate Ambassador Program (CAP) committee engages industry partners in SIR and SIR Foundation's missions to improve lives through image-guided therapy. The CAP program provides forward-thinking companies with opportunities for strategic collaboration to advance the specialty, inform the future of IR and be recognized for contributions in support of the field.
This Development Advisory Task Force is comprised of committed advocates and ambassadors who share the importance of philanthropy and the postiive impact the foundation has on interventional radiology research.
The SIR Foundation Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and recruiting members of the SIR Foundation Board of Directors.
SIR Foundation encourages SIR members to apply to join an education or clinically focused committee, or one of the many other committees that fit your area of expertise or interest. These committees offer you opportunities to influence the practice and study of medicine, network with colleagues and participate in leadership activities.