Certification and Development Courses

Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) Exam Prep Course

SIR: The Stroke Course

IR Domain: The Essentials



Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) Exam Prep Course
Wednesday, April 1, 12–6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Washington State Convention Center

$550 for members, $675 for nonmembers

Registration for the RPVI Exam Prep Course is open to physicians only. This course requires preregistration and a separate registration fee. You do not need to register for the entire SIR meeting to attend this course; however, online registration for this course is only possible with a meeting registration. For questions about this course, please contact SIR at (703) 691-1805.

For interventional radiologists, reading noninvasive vascular studies is a critical component to managing patients with peripheral vascular disease. The RPVI exam provides a credential that is recognized by accrediting bodies such as the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Having this credential satisfies some of the requirements required by physicians to read in accredited noninvasive laboratories. This RPVI exam tests knowledge of clinical ultrasound physics and interpretation skills. The exam is administered by the Alliance for Physicians Certification & Advancement (APCA). This course will be facilitated by Pegasus Lectures. 


SIR: The Stroke Course
Wednesday, April 1, 1–6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 , 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center

$395 for members, $595 for nonmembers

For interventional radiologists experienced in endovascular therapy and cerebral angiography, The Stroke Course will provide cutting-edge, comprehensive education, with emphasis ranging from imaging and patient selection to endovascular treatment, patient management and hands-on device training. This course is comprised of various learning formats to create a truly one-of-a-kind educational experience. Registrants of this course will receive access to both an online prerequisite activity and the online Hemisphere’s stroke scale certification activity, as well as entry into the live course and hands-on workshops. 


Upon completion of this course, an attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of acute ischemic stroke (AIS)
  • Perform a basic clinical neurological examination, including the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)
  • Describe the neuroimaging evaluation of patients presenting with AIS
  • Describe recent developments and summarize the findings of major clinical trials of thrombectomy for AIS
  • Discuss patient selection, techniques and complications of thrombectomy of AIS
  • Recognize the necessity of tracking clinical and procedural outcomes of stroke treatment



IR Domain: The Essentials
Thursday, April 2, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center

$100 for SIR medical student, resident and fellow-in-training members; $175 for medical student, resident and fellow-in-training nonmembers
$175 for SIR attending members; $375 for attending nonmembers

IR Domain: The Essentials aims to provide a comprehensive, case-based review of important topics in Interventional Radiology. The target audience is IR trainees, early career IR physicians, and practicing interventional radiologists. The 2020 IR Domain: The Essentials will focus on embolization. Using a rapid pace case presentation format, the focus will be on embolic materials and selection, indications, techniques, outcomes, and complications. Cases will range from basic to advanced and will include audience participation. Specific embolization topics include trauma, GI hemorrhage, GU (uterus and prostate), oncology, lymphatics, portal hypertension, and venous reflux disease (varicocele and pelvic congestion). This educational activity is an excellent opportunity to learn, review, and update one's IR knowledge. Pre-registration is required.