Case Study

Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology needed a way to deliver their Residency Essentials curriculum to universities and hospitals in a simple, scalable, and efficient manner.


Organization: SIR

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, medical students, scientists and clinical associates, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiologic technologists and paramedical professionals.

The Challenges

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has developed a strategic plan for producing a curriculum designed for interventional radiology residents, called Residency Essentials. It’s a two year online program that would provide a significant share of online training materials. Universities or health organizations such as hospitals could adopt the curriculum into their own instructional programs.

The big challenge was setting up the program to enable organizations to make it available to their individual students. SIR wanted each organization to brand the self-study curriculum as its own so that when a student participated in the online program, they would see their institution-specific logo and get a personalized welcome message. Another challenge was ensuring that the SIR staff had minimum administrative effort despite the number of institutions accessing the course. 


SIR was challenged with elearning technology that was unable to evolve with them.

“It’s really easy (setting up and managing), the sub-portals. I assign the course to the portal, and then anybody that logs in who’s assigned to that portal gets the course automatically. Any updates we do, it’s automatic. Very simple, but very useful.”

Elizabeth Nicholson

Senior Manager - Online Education

The Benefits

With CourseStage LMS, the Society of Interventional Radiology was able to

Our association LMS has extensive reporting and integrations.

Tight Integration. Behind the scenes, the LMS is taking care of a whole bunch of operations.

Our association LMS is both adaptive and intuitive.

Easy Setup. According to SIR Senior Manager of Online Education, Elizabeth Nicholson, “Setup of a new sub-portal takes about two hours. It’s really easy.”

Our association LMS has native course and quiz authoring.

Simple Sub-portal Management. Managing the high number of subportals (96 at last count) is a simple matter.

The Results

By leveraging CourseStage Health LMS’s sub-portal feature, the Society of Interventional Radiology was able to have:

Fully Customizable learning portals


central control with delegated access


efficient reporting for each institution


reduced data risk


increased non-dues revenue

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