Medical Students, Residents, Fellows - IR Training Program Information

Interventional radiologists work in a dynamic and rapidly changing field of medicine. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Interventional radiologists offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. Applications on the horizon include nanotechnology, stem cells and gene therapy.

In addition to the introductory information below, visit the other pages within this section for details on curriculum, match information, internships, etc.

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Post-graduate training in interventional radiology (IR)

as of June 18, 2015

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has restructured the training program for Interventional Radiology.

Several key details are highlighted below.

More detailed information regarding post-graduate training in IR can be obtained from your medical student career advisor for Radiology. Information is also available on the following Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) pages:


Key facts about the IR residency

  • IR Fellowship training. The current one-year subspecialty fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) is being phased out and will be replaced by the new IR Residency.
  • IR Residency Formats. The IR residency has two formats: Integrated and Independent

The Integrated IR Residency is five-years in length (a total of six years of post-graduate training). This IR training format is available to medical students. Students apply thru the NRMP main match and begin residency training in the PGY two year. The five-year residency curriculum is concentrated on diagnostic radiology in the first three years and interventional radiology in the last two years.

The Independent IR Residency is two years in length (total of seven years of postgraduate training). This training format is available to graduates of a diagnostic radiology residency.

Some diagnostic radiology residency programs may offer additional training in IR during the diagnostic radiology residency. This advanced training is termed Early Specialization in IR (ESIR). Diagnostic radiology residents who complete ESIR training may be able to finish IR training in a total of six post-graduate years.

  • IR/DR certification. Graduates of an IR Residency qualify to take the IR/DR examination offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The IR/DR certificate recognizes competency in both diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology. Certificate holders can practice both Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology.
  • Internship. Both Integrated and Independent IR residency formats require a preliminary clinical internship (PGY one year). Internship training can be in surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, a surgical subspecialty or a transitional year.
  • NRMP Integrated IR Residency match. It is anticipated that the first accredited Integrated IR programs will offer positions in the March 2017 main match (2016-2017 interview season). Institutions can apply now for IR Residency accreditation. Accredited programs will be listed on the ACGME website as they are approved.
  • Options for current 4th year medical students. Medical students interested in IR who will be fourth year students starting in July 2015 and plan to enter the NRMP main match taking place in March 2016, should apply for a diagnostic radiology residency. They can then apply for an Independent IR residency position after completing a DR residency. Alternatively, DR residents may be able to transfer internally into an IR residency at their home institution once their institution obtains Integrated IR residency accreditation. 

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ASDIN Research in Vascular Access Grant Program

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2016 VIR Fellowship Match Dates

The dates for the 2016 Radiology Interventional Specialty Fellowship Match for 2017 appointments are:

March 2, 2016 Match Opens 
April 27, 2016 Rank Order List Entry Opens 
May 18, 2016 Quota Change Deadline 
June 1, 2016 Rank Order List Certification Deadline 
June 15, 2016 Match Day

Please contact the NRMP at (202) 400-2233 or (866) 653-NRMP (6767) if you have questions about fellowship matches or visit

Clinical Observerships and Procedural Visiting Fellowships in Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology is a dynamic and ever-changing field. While this constant growth makes for an exciting specialty, it also creates a challenge: how do you stay current with day-to-day operations?

With that in mind, many training sites around the country have Clinical Observerships and Procedural Visiting Fellowships in Interventional Radiology that cater to IRs who have already completed their formal training.