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. Completion of the ESIR requirements allows advance placement into the 2nd year of the independent IR residency, reducing the total training time to only six years. Independent residency program directors do retain the authority to determine whether ESIR training was adequate for advance placement in their program; however, requiring two year of independent residency training for a resident with ESIR will be uncommon. 

Please visit the independent IR residency webpage for more information.

Typically, to be considered for ESIR, 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, although there are definite variations in the candidate selection process among different programs. It is important that prospective diagnostic radiology residents talk with individual programs to get more information about their specific ESIR selection process.  

For more information about the IR residency, visit the IR residency webpage or contact Jennifer Goubeaux, Graduate Medical Affairs Program Manager, 703-460-5579.


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<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 diagnostic radiology programs with an ACGME approved ESIR designation

As of May 2018, 125 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 October 2018 meeting. Those new programs will be listed here in October 2018.

  • Advocate Health Care (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center), Chicago
  • Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia
  • Allegheny Health Network Medical Education Consortium, Pittsburgh
  • Atlantic Health (Morristown), N.J.
  • Aultman Hospital/Mercy/NEOMED, Canton, Ohio
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Boston University Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Christiana Care Health Services, Newark, Del.
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.
  • Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Mich.
  • Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta
  • Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando
  • Franciscan St. James Health, Olympia Fields , Ill.
  • Georgetown University Hospital, Washington
  • Hartford Hospital, Conn.
  • Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/Michigan State University
  • Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Manhasset, N.Y.
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, N.Y.
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, N.Y.
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Integris Health, Oklahoma City
  • Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles)
  • Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium, Calif.
  • Louisiana State (University) Shreveport
  • Louisiana State University, New Orleans
  • Loyola University, Maywood, Ill.
  • Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Maricopa Medical Center Program, Phoenix
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Arizona), Phoenix
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Jacksonville), Fla.
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester), Minn.
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Medical College of Georgia, Augusta
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (St Joseph’s), Milwaukee
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Memorial Health-University Medical Center/Mercer University School of Medicine (Savannah), Ga.
  • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J.
  • Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Miami Beach
  • New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, N.J.
  • Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
  • Presence Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston, Ill.
  • Providence-Providence Park Hospital/MSUCHM, Southfield, Mich
  • Rochester General Hospital, N.Y.
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Calif.
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Calif.
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J.
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass.
  • Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University, Calif.
  • Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
  • 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 California (San Diego) Medical Center
  • University of Chicago Program
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine
  • University of Colorado, Aurora
  • University of Florida, Gainesville
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
  • University of Kansas (Wichita)
  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington
  • 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 Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson
  • 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 Alabama, Mobile
  • University of South Florida Morsani, Tampa
  • University of Tennessee/Methodist Healthcare, Memphis
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison
  • UPMC Medical Education, Pittsburgh
  • 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.

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