Independent IR Residency

IR training option for diagnostic radiology residents

When will independent IR residency programs start training residents?

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 nationwide launch date for the new independent IR residency is July 1, 2020. Current R1(PGY-2) diagnostic radiology residents will be the first class to participate in the independent IR residency match during the 2018-2019 match year.

Current R2(PGY-3) and  R3(PGY-4) diagnostic radiology residents who want to become interventional radiologists will still train under the traditional pathway via a one-year Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) fellowship. For more information, please visit the fellowship webpage.

Program details

Diagnostic radiology residents will match into independent IR residency positions at the end of their R3(PGY-4) year and will begin their independent residency training in July of the following year.  

Diagnostic radiology residents who completed an ESIR track can place directly into the second year of the independent residency and reduce the training time to one year. For more information, please visit the ESIR webpage.

Graduates of the integrated 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. For more information, please visit the ABR website.  

 

<p>IR training option for diganostic radiology residents who decide to pursue interventional radiology later in their residency training or medical students who are still unsure about a career in interventional radiology.</p>

IR training option for diganostic radiology residents who decide to pursue interventional radiology later in their residency training or medical students who are still unsure about a career in interventional radiology.

Current ACGME accredited independent IR residency programs

As of February 2017, 9 institutions have received ACGME accreditation of their independent IR residency programs. 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.  

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Program, Boston
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Boston
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Program, Milwaukee
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) Program
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program
  • New York University School of Medicine Program
  • University of Alabama Medical Center Program, Birmingham
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine Program, Kansas City
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine Program, Albuquerque 

It is expected that most programs with a current VIR fellowship will also have an independent IR residency.

IR Training Directory

The IR Training Directory contains information about programs that self-reported their independent IR residency plans.  The directory is available to SIR Medical Student and Resident-in-Training Members to research available training programs.  

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