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Choosing a career in interventional radiology

Residents, fellows and medical students

This is an exciting time to pursue a medical career in interventional radiology, designated as a new medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2012. Implementation of the new IR Residency is well underway, and with the increasing complexity of IR procedures and focus on patient clinical care, the specialty is poised to meet the demands of the future. Currently, there are over 2,000 SIR In-Training Members from all over the world. We invite you to become a member of SIR, learn about interventional radiology, and play a role in the development of the specialty.

Considering a career in IR? In his September 2017 Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) editorial, Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR explains to students why there has never been a better time to become an IR, describing the exhilarating joys, profound satisfactions and inestimable value of the profession.


Watch now: SIR Member Arshad Khan, MD, FSIR talks about IR and Trauma 

                                                                              Read about "IR in the ER"                                                             


Who are interventional radiologists?

Interventional Radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive image-guided procedures. Interventional radiologists use a problem solving skill set that combines clinical, procedural, and imaging expertise to treat patients. They often utilize cutting edge technology in medicine and sometimes even become involved in the medical device and innovation process. They are not defined by organ system or pathology and work with many different types of physicians in the hospital. Interventional radiologists can also find themselves involved in the care of a patient who is too sick for any other therapy, requiring them to rely upon their innovative problem-solving skills to save the patient.

What are the interventional radiology training pathways?

Medical students and diagnostic radiology residents can choose between various pathways to become an interventional radiologist. For detailed information about IR training pathways, please visit the IR residency and fellowship webpage.  

All training pathways will lead to the new American Board of Radiology (ABR) IR/DR Certificate, which certifies practice in both interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. Please visit the ABR website for more information on the new IR/DR certifying exam.


 Resident, Fellow and Student Section

SIR members with a Medical Student, Resident-in-Training, or Fellow-in-Training membership are invited to join the Resident, Fellow and Student (RFS) Section

The RFS Section works to promote the clinical model of interventional radiology practice by striving to introduce the specialty to trainees and medical students who are passionate about the ideas that embody the future of IR. 

The RFS continually sponsors a variety of educational offerings and volunteer opportunities geared towards medical students and residents. The  RFS website has more information about the section and the programs it offers.


Upcoming Trainee Webinars

UCSF Introduction to Interventional Radiology 11-week webinar series

Webinars will take place every Thursday starting on Thursday, January 18, 2018  thru March 29th, from 12:00 - 1:00 PST.  

                                       Register for webinar

  • This course is for medical, nursing, and radiology technologist students of all levels who are interested in learning more about the specialty of IR.
  • Please remember to register for each session individually even if you can't attend the 12pm PST time slots, in order to have access to slides and webinar recordings after the broadcasts have ended.



RFS Webinar - n-BCA Venous Malformation Glue Embolization for Immediate Surgical Excision

Monday, Feb. 28, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 PM EST

                                    Register for webinar

  • Venous malformations are painful, non-neoplastic congenital lesions most often presenting in childhood. Historically, percutaneous sclerotherapy or stand-alone surgical excision have been mainstays of invasive treatment. However, these approaches often require multiple procedures due to incomplete therapeutic benefit at a single session. An alternative to this approach is percutaneous venous malformation n-BCA glue embolization immediately prior to surgical excision. This technique affords the potential for single-stage treatment. This webinar will provide an introduction to technique, indications, and outcomes.



Why become an SIR In-training member?

 Why become an SIR In-training member?

Membership has benefits.

More than 2,000 trainees are already current members of SIR because they recognize the important benefits that come with SIR membership. Medical Student membership is free, and Resident-in-Training, Fellow-in-Training, and Scientist-in-Training memberships are only $50 per year.


Learn more and join now

The future of IR training

Fellows Spring Practicum

This annual 2 ½ day course held every May or early June in Chicago prepares IR fellows for private practice or academia with training that may not have been covered extensively during the fellowship year.

More information

RFS Webinars

The RFS continuously sponsors a variety of educational webinars. All previously recorded webinars can be viewed on the RFS You Tube IR Education Channel.

View RFS Webinars

SIR 2018

Picture yourself in L.A., March 17-22 for SIR 2018. No other meeting offers the diversity of topics, the range of learning environments, and the unparalleled access to expert faculty and leading thinkers in the specialty.  

Register today

IR Training Directory

The IR Training Directory is a comprehensive resource for SIR In-Training members to identify IR residency and fellowship programs throughout the U.S.

Search for programs based on geographic area, type of IR program offered, or procedural areas.

Explore the directory