IRSA Credentialing Guidelines
IRSA Guidelines for Credentialing for Interventional Radiology
Traditionally, interventional radiology has been regarded as an integral part of radiological practice, with any doctor gaining the F.R.A.N.Z.C.R. or equivalent qualification considered competent to practice the full gamut of interventional procedures. The last 10 years have seen an almost exponential increase in the number and complexity of minimal invasive therapeutic or biopsy procedures that require radiological guidance. All trainee registrars have considerable exposure to interventional radiology in addition to College requirements for angiography, nephrostomy, abscess drainage and biopsy.
However while they may have performed many complex procedures as first operator, there is no doubt that additional training is required for those wishing to perform the more complex interventional procedures.
The radiology community is ready and able to train medical graduates who are willing to make a 5-year commitment to learning the skills required. However we refuse outright to offer superficial or limited training to those who wish to indulge in invasive radiology procedures. Unless one understands all aspects of radiologic practice, it is not acceptable or responsible to try and perform one small aspect of it in a vacuum.