One of the most popular events held by IRIGs is a hands-on workshop. Hands-on workshops, regardless of the specialty, are always in high demand. Students relish the chance early in their educational experience to start building hands-on skills, combined with the opportunity to ask questions. By nature, workshops fragment the large group of attendees into smaller ones, facilitating close interaction between medical students, residents, and the attending advisor. To compete, IR must take advantage of this recruitment tool and the cutting-edge technology inherent to the field. Using expired equipment students design stations, chosen by level of interest and design feasibility, to simulate a particular IR procedure. The first IR workshop at URMC was a success, with up to 52 students rotating through five stations: ultrasound-guided liver biopsy (Figure 1
), angiography and embolization (Figure 2
), gastrostomy tube placement, ultrasound-guided paracentesis (Figure 3
) and central venous access/tunneled central line placement. The faculty advisor supplemented these stations with a groupwide demonstration of stent deployment (Figure 4
). Stations were run by both residents and fellows in the Radiology Department. Workshops require a great deal of planning, active student leadership, an involved attending advisor, and residents/fellows willing to contribute time.