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Residency Essentials

SIR is developing a universal curriculum that will enhance the breadth and consistency of resident training in accordance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) guidelines and expand training in disease-specific areas not specifically addressed by ACGME. 

Composed by program directors and other experts familiar with ACGME requirements, the two-year curriculum will provide all interventional radiologists with access to the same well-rounded knowledge, from the essentials of clinical IR care to disease-specific treatments, research fundamentals, and the business and economics of medicine.

Residency Essentials will drive the future of IR, delivering curated, consistent, standardized education for all residents, regardless of program pathway, to produce innovative, highly trained interventional radiologists.


Fundamentals and Requisite Knowledge


  1. Clinical medicine
  2. Intensive care medicine
  3. Image-guided interventions
  4. Imaging and anatomy

Requisite Knowledge

  1. Business and law
  2. Systems
  3. Physician wellness and development
  4. Research and statistics

Clinical Topics

Clincal Practice of Interventional Radiology

  1. Gastrointestinal
  2. GU
  3. Men's health
  4. Neurological
  5. Oncology
  6. Pain and palliation
  7. Pediatric
  8. Vascular
  9. Women's health

Training Content

Residency Essentials covers everything core to IR and will have over 50 modules, delivered to residents every 2 weeks. Each module will consist of 4-6 hours of material, including:

  • Recorded didatic lectures
  • Landmark articles
  • Webinars

Each module will include a pre- and post-assessment and additional content beyond the required material to provide the learner an option to delve deeper into a topic.

SIR Today Article

Universal residency curriculum plan will bring the best IR Education to all IR training programs

“A central repository or central universal IR curriculum helps resolve those issues [of each program developing their own unique educational plans] because it allows content experts, including program directors and those invested in education, to develop content within their areas of expertise. And then it becomes available to all trainees from all programs,” said Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, FSIR

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