Interventional Radiology (IR) is an evolving practice requiring the integration of theoretical, technical, and clinical skills. The environment in an interventional imaging suite requires an inter-professional, collaborative approach to practice and patient management.
The Canadian Association of Interventional Radiology (CAIR) has reviewed and endorsed the Interventional Radiology courses and program.
This Certificate in Interventional Radiology (CIR) is intended to provide a mechanism for medical radiation technologists (MRTs) to demonstrate knowledge and competence in the field of IR, to promote standards of excellence within this clinical area, and to identify those who have met a nationally recognized standard in the practice of IR.
The following is an overview of the Certificate in Interventional Radiology program. For detailed information, download the Program Handbook.
There are two components of the CIR program — didactic and clinical*.
*The clinical component is available to registered candidates only.
The didactic component consists of the following courses which require 75% or higher on the final examination for each course.
- Vascular Anatomy Challenge Exam (prerequisite for Interventional Radiology 1)
- Interventional Radiology 1 (prerequisite for clinical component)
- Interventional Radiology 2
Both courses have been peer-reviewed and validated by the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR).
Changes in Interventional Radiology Courses
PREREQUISITE for INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY 1 COURSE
Effective Winter 2018 a PREREQUISITE challenge exam in vascular anatomy will be required by all candidates prior to taking the Interventional Radiology 1 course. This vascular anatomy exam will become a mandatory requirement to IR 1 due to a major revision where the anatomy content has been greatly reduced, more pathology added as well as the addition of the role of the IR technologist.
Therefore, anyone planning to take Interventional Radiology 1 in Winter 2018 must register for and complete this prerequisite exam in Fall 2017.
At that time, candidates interested in taking Interventional Radiology 1 will have to register for and successfully complete a multiple choice exam testing their knowledge of the complexities of the human vasculature. A minimum pass mark of 75% will be required and candidates will have two additional attempts within a two-year timeframe to rewrite the exam (if necessary). A Preparation Guide providing guidance for studying and information about the exam will be provided upon registration to assist with this self-directed study. Educational materials and electronic resources will also be provided. Upon completion, candidates will be able to identify, describe, label, and list all relevant human vasculature and relate this knowledge to the further study in interventional radiology.
The goal of this exam is to assess candidates’ knowledge of vascular anatomy of organ systems, and describe blood flow as it relates to both arterial and venous circulation. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the candidate’s responsibility to identify a clinical advisor and to find a suitable clinical setting for the clinical component of this program.
In order to be eligible to register for this program, candidates must:
- Have 1950* hours working in a dedicated IR environment within the three (3) years preceding registration into this program. Download the verification form here and upload the completed form during registration.
- Have successfully completed IR1 with a minimum mark of 75% on the final examination.
* A form will be posted in the candidate’s personal profile on the CAMRT website immediately following registration which must be submitted to CAMRT within 30 days to confirm the program registration. Forms not received within this timeframe will result in a program cancellation/partial refund (see Cancellations and Refunds).
Candidates may only begin working on the Summary of Clinical Competence upon approval of received documentation from CAMRT.
The clinical component requires:
- Practice for at least 1950 hours in a 2-year time period (24 consecutive months) within the established 5-year period allowed to complete the CIR Program.
- Candidates to be practicing in IR under the supervision of a clinical advisor.
- Completion of a Summary of Clinical Competence in the required time frame. Candidates have two (2) years from the date of the first clinical entry to complete and submit the SCC.
SCCs that are deemed incomplete are subject to a $50 resubmission fee.
The clinical component requires the candidate to identify a clinical advisor. The clinical advisor must:
- be a medical radiation technologist practicing in interventional radiology
- have a minimum of five years’ experience in the practice of interventional radiology
- not currently registered in the CIR program
- perform the assessment on the candidate’s procedures/associated competencies or delegate assessment to another assessor.
Note: A clinical advisor with a CIR is preferred but not mandatory.
Candidates of the CIR program must complete both the didactic and clinical components within a five-year time frame. This time frame begins on the date of successful completion of Interventional Radiology 1 however the Summary of Clinical Competence can only be worked on upon receipt of a signed Clinical Experience Form by CAMRT. Forms not received within 30 days of program registration will result in a program cancellation/partial refund (see Cancellation and Refunds).
Candidates may only begin working on the Summary of Clinical Competence upon approval of received documentation from CAMRT. Candidates have two (2) years from the date of the first clinical entry to complete and submit the SCC.
IR candidates who successfully complete the didactic and clinical components as per the CIR program requirements receive a Certificate in Interventional Radiology and can use the credential “CIR”.
The CAMRT is committed to lifelong learning and therefore advocates continuing professional development (CPD) for maintenance of competence in interventional radiology.
Certificate Program Handbook
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