IR residency and VIR fellowship
Integrated IR residency
The integrated IR residency is five-years in length (a total of six years of post-graduate training with the required internship year). This IR training format is available to medical students. The residency curriculum is concentrated on diagnostic radiology in the first three years and interventional radiology in the last two years. For more information, please view the integrated IR residency webpage.
Independent IR residency
The independent IR residency is two years in length (total of seven years of postgraduate training). This training format is only available to graduates of a diagnostic radiology residency. The independent IR residency will not be offered until July 1, 2020. For more information, please visit the independent IR residency webpage.
Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Some diagnostic radiology residencies have an approved ESIR designation. Diagnostic radiology residents who complete ESIR training may be able to finish an independent IR residency program in only one year. For more information, please visit the ESIR webpage.
The traditional IR fellowship is one year in length (total of six years of postgraduate training). This training format is only available to graduates of a diagnostic radiology residency. VIR fellowships will cease on June 30, 2020, when they are replaced by the independent IR residency. For more information, please visit the VIR fellowship webpage.
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. For more information, please visit the ABR website.