CC BY 4.0 · The Arab Journal of Interventional Radiology 2023; 07(01): 001-003
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-57043

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective IRs: Keynote Lecture at PAIRS2023 Annual Meeting

Mohammad Arabi
1   Vascular Interventional Radiology, Medical Imaging Department, King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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First of all, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the Residents/Fellows/Students (RFS) team who made enormous efforts over the past few years, which materialized into a great collaboration across several global societies and resulted in a remarkable increase of awareness about the specialty among medical students and the public alike. I am truly honored to give this keynote speech to this crowd of future and current colleagues.

Today's talk is inspired by the book by Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But, before I get started, I would like to share with you a personal story that happened to me when I was a resident doing a difficult gastrostomy tube insertion in a patient with very large hiatal hernia. When we started the first puncture with my mentor Dr. Aghiad Al Kutoubi, the needle went into what appeared to be the celiac axis!! As a resident, I just freaked out, while he simply withdrew the needle and said to me: “If you live as long as I lived, you will puncture every single vessel and every single organ in the body.” This truly was a very inspiring and eye-opening moment for me, when you think about how vast interventional radiology is, and how much knowledge you should acquire to have the same level of confidence. The current challenge nowadays is that many medical students, interns, and even residents are not exposed to the real practice of IR and the majority of health care providers are not even aware of the capacity of IR and what kind of help they can offer to patients. It is certainly a great blessing to get in touch and work with a giant like Dr. Al Kutoubi and many other giants in the world. Definitely, you get to know more about interventional radiology and you get inspired by their words to further explore it. This is why, we in PAIRS, have established the RFS section to engage the residents, fellows, and students with colleagues in the world and in the region to make sure that they get exposed to interventional radiology in the proper way, so they can consider it a career for themselves.

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Article published online:
24 May 2023

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