A forum for advances in minimally invasive,

image-guided procedures

Conference Accreditation

The Western Angiographic & Interventional Society (WAIS) is an independent professional Society that has organized its annual conference since 1970.  The WAIS forum offers quality continuing medical education in one of the most innovative fields of medicine.  Each year, presentations cover a wide range of topics involving minimally Invasive, Image-guided procedures including, case presentations, clinical data, tips and tricks techniques, best practices and more.  Session topics and speakers are selected by our planning committee (Scientific Program Director, Officers, Executive Director and Session Moderators) and organized to address practice gaps and topics of interest that were identified from attendee post conference feedback collected from previous years.  

WAIS 2023 Conference

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Consultants and the Western Angiographic & Interventional Society.  CME Consultants is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Consultants designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Desired Outcomes

At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:

Troubleshooting New & Difficult Cases

1. Recount tips and tricks for complex venous recanalization, GI bleeds, peripheral vascular disease, and vascular malformations.

2. Recount tips and tricks for complex venous recanalization, GI bleeds, peripheral vascular disease, and vascular malformations.

3. Describe new liver-directed therapies and updated guidelines.

4. Describe the gaps between body IR and neuro IR

5. Physicians will be able to reflect on lessons learned from case-based presentations.

Strategies for Practice Development

6. Differentiate between various IR practice models.

7. Formulate strategies to develop effective IR practice models.

8. Reflect on pathways for connecting with peers and expanding their impact on medicine.

Emerging Trends in IR and Healthcare

9. Critique the benefits and risks of using various platforms for information sharing, as well as question conflicts of interest, research ethics and futility.

10. Restate emerging trends in healthcare.

11. Recognize cybersecurity tricks and internet connectivity tips as they relate their practice and well-being. 

Best Practice & Standards Updates
12. Consider opposing viewpoints on several controversial topics such as treatment options for HCC and PE, whether body IRs should treat stroke patients, and independent vs. multi-disciplinary departments.
Clinical Data Review

13. Interpret and summarize clinical data presented on arterial, venous, and IO interventions.

Cultural Linguistic Competency and Implicit Bias

14. Consider strategies or resources to implement solutions to mitigate implicit bias and improve cultural and linguistic competency.

The presentational methods for this activity will be Case Presentation with Learner Participation, Panel Discussion, Lecture, Debate (Pro/Con), Audience Response System, Q&A.  This activity is geared to meet the educational requirements of Physicians and Physician Extenders working in the field of Interventional Radiology.  This activity will encompass the following desirable physician attributes: Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, and Professionalism, Practice-Based Learning, and Systems-Based Practice.

In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), please contact Susan Jackson, (510) 910-8669 or susan@westernangio.org, should you require special assistance.

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