SIR members are encouraged to volunteer to serve on an 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.
Research Grants and Education Division
The Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Committee is charged with reviewing 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 together.
Grant Review Study Section
The Grant Review Study Section is charged with reviewing grant applications and determines the number of additional reviewers that are necessary based on the number of applications. The section recruits Grant Review Study Section members based on their areas of expertise that are compatible with the grant application areas of research.
Research Grants and Education Committee
The Research Grants and Education Committee is charged with providing researchers specializing in interventional radiology research with educational opportunities that will improve their understanding of research and thereby increase the number of skilled investigators.
SIR/NIH Task Force
The task force is dedicated to increasing engagement of IRs and IR scientists with the National Institute of Health (NIH) with the goal of eventually increasing NIH funding for SIR members.
Clinical Research and Registries Division
Clinical Registries Committee
The Clinical Registries Committee supports different clinical registries for the overall goal of engaging membership and increasing IR involvement. 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 next steps.
Clinical Research and Registries Committee
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.
Clinical Trials Committee
The Clinical Trials Committee supports different clinical trials for the overall goal of engaging membership and increasing IR involvement. 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 membership and provides guidance on next steps.
Comparative Effectiveness Research Committee
Comparative Effectiveness Research focuses on differences in safety, effectiveness, resource utilization, health disparities, economics and quality-of-life outcomes between different 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.
SIR Foundation Research Institute Task Force
This group is tasked with creating a compelling and persuasive demonstration of the need for SIR Foundation to become the premiere IR research data management source that will consolidate, oversee, coordinate, and fund large, new research initiatives and activities.
Development Advisory Task Force
This task force of committed advocates and ambassadors share the impact the foundation has and can have on interventional radiology research and the importance of philanthropy.
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 other activities to raise funds for SIR Foundation.
Corporate Ambassadors Program Committee and Physician Delegates (jointly with SIR)
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.
Standing and ad-hoc committees
SIR Foundation Nominating Committee
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 in your field of expertise, and participate in leadership activities of SIR Foundation.LEARN MORE