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.
An ESIR track 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 residency, reducing the total training time to only six years.
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 makes its own decision on how and when 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.
Current ACGME approved ESIR training programs
As of February 2017, 54 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 April 2017 meeting. Those new programs will be available here sometime in May 2017.