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.
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.
Which indepenent IR residency programs are already accredited?
Currently, the ACGME Radiology Residency Review Committee has not reviewed any independent IR residency programs. Sometime within the next year or so, the committee will start the accredidation process. It is expected that most institutions with a current VIR fellowship program will also have an independent IR residency.
As soon as programs begin to receive accredidation, they will be listed here.
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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