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 R2(PGY-3) diagnostic radiology residents will be the first class to participate in the independent IR residency match during the 2018-2019 match year.
Current R3(PGY-4) and R4(PGY-5) 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. Please visit the ESIR webpage for more information about ESIR requirements.
Graduates of the independent 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.
Current ACGME accredited independent IR residency programs
As of May 2018, 59 institutions have received ACGME accreditation of their independent IR residency programs. The ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) will review several more program applications at its October 2018 meeting. Programs accredited in October will be able to participate in the 2018-2019 independent IR residency match. Those new programs will be listed here in late October 2018.
It is expected that most programs with a current VIR fellowship will also have an independent IR residency.
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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