Avik Som, MD, PhD
Integrated IR/DR Radiology Resident
Disclosure(s): Boston Scientific: Consultant (); CareSignal Health: Ownership Interest ()
Dania Daye, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Device development has the potential to directly impact patient care and has been a strong motivation for physicians to pursue interventional radiology (IR). However, device development can be an opaque process with large capital costs, lack of access to physical resources, and timing challenges. Herein, we share our experience in the development of a resident-led device development group in association with several specialties, an institutional incubator, and an IR simulation program.
Materials and Methods: Recruitment of individuals was conducted through the IR residency, the medical school, and an IR interest group. IACUC protocol was developed with faculty supervision in collaboration with the surgery department at our institution. Herein we report the process by which meetings were conducted, collaboration with multiple specialties and our institutional incubator, and key performance indicators
The synergy between device innovation and simulation proves a productive and tangible process whereby IR can inspire trainees while providing foundational skills and positively impacting patient care. This group leverages existing resources to address traditional development challenges and a framework that can be applied to other academic institutions.