VIR Fellowship

Training option for diagnostic radiology residents who will finish their residency training by June 2019

VIR fellowships will sunset on June 30, 2020

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. 

The last VIR fellowship match will take place during the 2017-2018 match year to fill positions for the 2019-2020 training year.

Current R2(PGY-3) and all other future diagnostic radiology residents who want to become interventional radiologists will train in the independent IR residency. For more information, visit the independent IR residency webpage.

For more information about the VIR Fellowship match, please view the NRMP website.

IR/DR certification for current and future VIR fellows

Candidates completing an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited diagnostic radiology residency, and then completing an ACGME-accredited VIR fellowship in 2016 and beyond, will have two options for gaining IR/DR certification:

Option One:

  • Take the DR Certifying Exam in the fall immediately following completion of fellowship.
    • If passed, candidate is awarded DR certification.
  • Take the IR/DR Certifying Exam (oral component only) in the fall of the next year after completion of fellowship.
    • If passed, candidate is awarded IR/DR certification.

Option Two:

  • Wait until fall of the next year after completion of fellowship and take the IR/DR Certifying Exam (computer-based component and oral component) in Tucson.
    • If passed, candidate is awarded IR/DR certification

For more information about the IR/DR Cerifying Exam, please visit the ABR website.

<p>The last class of VIR fellows will complete their fellowship in June 2020.</p>

The last class of VIR fellows will complete their fellowship in June 2020.

NRMP 2016-2017 VIR Fellowship match dates

 Interview dates- December 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

  • March 22, 2017- Match Opens
  • April 26, 2017- Rank Order List Entry Opens
  • May 17, 2017- Quota Change Deadline
  • May 31, 2017- Rank Order List Certification Deadline
  • June 14, 2017 Match Day

IR Training Directory

Interested in more information about VIR fellowship programs? The IR Training Directory is available to SIR medical student and resident-in-training members to identify and research training programs.  

Not a current SIR member? Become a member here.

Access the Training Directory

2017-2018 unexpected fellowship openings

Program: University of Texas MD Anderson/UT Health Sciences Center 
Location: Houston

The University of Texas MD Anderson/UT Health Sciences Center interventional radiology fellowship program is now accepting applications for an unexpected vacancy in our non-ACGME advanced interventional radiology fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic class, starting July 1, 2017.

Applicants with J1 or H1B visas must be available and eligible to begin work on July 1, 2017.

Minimum qualifications:

To qualify, individuals applying for admission to our advanced interventional radiology fellowship program must hold either an M.D./D.O. degree or its foreign equivalent, along with a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); and must have satisfactorily completed a residency in diagnostic radiology.

At minimum applicants with an M.D. degree or its foreign equivalent must have completed USMLE Step I & II CK & CS. At minimum applicants with a D.O. degree or its foreign equivalent must have completed all three parts of the COMPLEX exam. Additionally, all applicants must have passed each step/part/level of a licensure examination within three (3) attempts.

Applicants for this position should have prior interventional radiology fellowship training or significant/equivalent clinical experience in interventional or diagnostic radiology.

Program description:

The program seeks to provide a unique and intense focus on interventional oncologic applications in a dedicated cancer hospital setting. Clinical exposure will include vascular and nonvascular, oncologic, and general routine interventional procedures. The entire year of training is conducted at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Stephen E. McRae, MD
Associate Professor & Fellowship Program Director
Department of Interventional Radiology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd.- Unit 1471
Houston, Texas 77030
E-mail: smcrae@mdanderso n.org

Interested applicants should submit by email the following; CV, USMLE transcript, Personal Statement, 3 LORS to: Wanda Novak, Program Coordinator, 713-563-7854, fax: 713-745-4098, email: Wnovak@mdanderson.org