Dr. Abdullah Abohimed
PGY-3 Radiology Resident, National Guard Health Affairs - King Abdullah Medical City
Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
Being a junior Diagnostic Radiology (DR) resident at King Abdul-Aziz Medical City - National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, comes with many benefits. Located in the heart of the capital, our institute is a university-based tertiary-care center and home to one of the busiest trauma centers in the region. Strong emphasis is placed on education, research, and mentorship at our program with a breadth of teaching faculty from various backgrounds. Some of whom have been instrumental in the formation of both DR residencies and Interventional Radiology (IR) fellowships in the kingdom.
Luckily enough, I was exposed to IR early during medical school and was introduced to the star-studded IR faculty at our institute. This had enabled me to explore its applications both in the clinical and non-clinical sides. From shadowing and regularly assisting attendings on complex procedures, to actively raising awareness of IR to medical and non-medical personal, while contributing to the literature in the process.
The minimally-invasive nature of procedures provided by IR is very appealing to me, and it would most certainly appeal to many other young and passionate doctors in the future. However, one must be aware that very little, if any, time is allocated for IR in medical school curricula. It is incumbent on us members of the RFS committee to “spread the word” about our specialty.