Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

IR training option for diagnostic radiology residents and medical students 

What is ESIR and how do programs select candidates?

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) is a training option for diagnostic radiology residents and medical students who identify an early desire to specialize in interventional radiology.  

ESIR training is completed during a diagnostic radiology residency. It requires at least eight interventional radiology rotations, one ICU rotation, and up to three interventional radiology-related rotations during the R1(PGY-2) - R4(PGY-5) years. It also requires at least 500 interventional radiology or interventional radiology-related procedures.

ESIR candidates must still complete an independent IR residency to finish their IR training. However, completion of the ESIR requirements allows entry into the 2nd year of the independent IR residency, reducing the total training time to only six years. Please visit the independent IR residency webpage for more information.

You cannot match into an ESIR track in the Main Match. You must match into a diagnostic radiology residency program with an ACGME approved ESIR designation, and then apply for ESIR after beginning your diagnostic radiology residency. Every program with an ESIR track decides how it will select its ESIR candidates. It is important for prospective diagnositc radiology residents to talk with individual programs to get more information about their ESIR selection process.  

For more information about the IR residency, visit the IR residency webpage.

<p>ESIR is a great option for diagnostic radiology residents and medical students who identify an early desire persue interventional radiology.</p>

ESIR is a great option for diagnostic radiology residents and medical students who identify an early desire persue interventional radiology.

Current ACGME approved ESIR training programs

As of May 2017, 72 diagnostic radiology residency programs have received approval of their Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) designation.The ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) will review more program applications at its September 2017 meeting. Those new programs will be available here sometime in October 2017.

  • Advocate Health Care (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center), Chicago
  • Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia
  • Allegheny Health Network Medical Education Consortium, Pittsburgh
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Boston University Medical Center
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.
  • Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando
  • Georgetown University Hospital, Washington
  • Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/Michigan State University
  • Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, N.Y.
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Manhasset, N.Y.
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Integris Health, Oklahoma City
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles)
  • Loyola University, Maywood, Ill.
  • Maricopa Medical Center Program, Phoenix
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Arizona), Phoenix
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Jacksonville), Fla.
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.
  • New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Calif.
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Calif.
  • Texas A&M College of Medicine-Scott and White Medical Center (Temple)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L Foster School of Medicine, El Paso
  • Tufts Medical Center, Boston
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • University of California (Davis) Heath System
  • University of California (Irvine)
  • University of Chicago Program
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City
  • University of Kansas (Wichita)
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine, Ky.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Massachusetts,Worcester
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • University of South Florida Morsani, Tampa
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
  • Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium, St. Louis
  • William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.
  • Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.
  • Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Conn.

IR Training Directory

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