The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and Rep. Mia Love of Utah hosted an educational briefing session about interventional radiology Wednesday, May 2, at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Three radiologists—Theresa M. Caridi, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Arshad A. Khan, MD, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and Venu Vadlamudi, MD, Association of Alexandria Radiologists and Inova Alexandria Hospital—and Jeannie Franklin, an interventional radiology patient, participated in the event.
One goal of the briefing was to promote Rep. Love’s bill, the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act (HR 1167).
“This briefing highlighted the urgent need to ensure that an adequate number of interventional radiologists are trained to meet the needs of patients,” Susan E. Sedory, SIR executive director , said in a prepared statement. “This is why SIR supports Rep. Love’s bill, H.R.1167, the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act, which will reallocate currently unused federally funded graduate medical education training slots to rural hospitals, new medical schools and new specialties, like interventional radiology, to ensure our nation’s medical community is keeping up with the demand for services.”
“We are at a critical point in health care in this country,” Love said in the same statement. “I believe we must do everything we can to encourage innovation and workforce development in the medical field.”