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.  

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.  

<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 Sept. 2016, 44 diagnostic radiology residency programs have received approval of their Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) programs:

  • Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
  • 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
  • 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
  • Integris Health, Oklahoma City
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles)
  • Loyola University, Maywood, Ill.
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Calif.
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L Foster School of Medicine, El Paso
  • University of California (Davis) Heath System
  • University of California (Irvine)
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine, Ky.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 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.

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