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Residents, fellows and medical students

Residents, Fellows and Medical Students

This is an exciting time to pursue a career in interventional radiology, which was 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.

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.

 Resident, Fellow, and Medical Student Section

SIR trainee members are also invited to participate in the Resident, Fellow and Medical Student (RFS) Section, which 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 geared towards medical students and residents. Please access the RFS website for more information about its programs and to join the section.

How do I become an interventional radiologist?

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 fellowships 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.

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.


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The future of IR training

Fellows Spring Practicum

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

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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 2017

SIR 2017 is the most comprehensive IR meeting. No other meeting offers the diversity of topics, the range of learning environments and access to leading thinkers in the specialty. Destination, D.C.—March 4-9, 2017.

SIR 2017

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