Graduate Medical Education


Integrated Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology Residency

The academic curriculum is divided into three general categories: vascular diagnosis (or noninvasive imaging), vascular interventions and non-vascular interventions. Didactics will be organized based on these categories and organ systems and given in a logical order to facilitate mastery of essential concepts and maximize knowledge retention. Residents gain additional learning experience by participating in multidisciplinary conferences involving vascular surgery, hepatology, oncology and transplant surgery.

Scholar activity is an essential component of this residency program. Each resident will be assigned to a faculty mentor based on shared clinical and research interest. Each resident is required to complete a quality improvement project and participate in at least one original research project prior to graduation.

Table: The information below provides an illustrative example of the rotation schedule. Please note that specifics are subject to change as updates and enhancements to program are continually made to improve the resident learning experience.

Plain Film Fluoro 8 weeks 2 weeks      
Body CT 6 weeks 6 weeks 4 weeks    
Body MR 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks    
Chest 6 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks    
Cardiac   2 weeks 2 weeks    
MSK 6 weeks 6 weeks 4 weeks    
Neuro 6 weeks 6 weeks 4 weeks    
Peds   4 weeks 4 weeks    
US/OB/Vasc 6 weeks 8 weeks 2 weeks    
Breast   4 weeks 4 weeks   4 weeks
Nuc Med 6 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 2 weeks  
IR 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 24 weeks 28 weeks
MiddleHawk     4 weeks 3 weeks  
NightHawk     3.5 weeks 4 weeks  
AIRP     4 weeks    
PQI/research     2.5 weeks 3 week  
Vascular Imaging 4 weeks 8 weeks
Vascular Surgery 4 weeks 4 weeks
Neuro IR 4 weeks 4 weeks
Hepatology Oncology 4 weeks  
SICU   4 weeks

Year 1: Diagnostic Radiology

During the first year you will rotate through plain film, fluoroscopy, abdominal imaging, thoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology and emergency imaging. The primary goal will be exposure to these various modalities and to learn the fundamentals of radiology. The first two weeks of this year incorporate a short introductory course to get you acclimated to the field and our department. Weekend daytime call will focus on plain film and ultrasound interpretation.


Year 2: Diagnostic Radiology

During the second year, your rotation schedule will begin to incorporate mammography, pediatric imaging, cardiac imaging and vascular US in addition to the core rotations listed above. You will also participate in weekend daytime call focusing on CT interpretation to increase your exposure in emergency imaging and get a flavor of the experiences encountered on middlehawk and nighthawk rotations.


Year 3: Diagnostic Radiology

The third-year rotation schedule will also incorporate OB US (2nd/3rd trimester) and AIRP. AIRP will be offered to you as both virtual and in-person options with housing provided if in-person attendance is requested. You will begin to participate in middlehawk evening and nighthawk overnight shifts during this year, the details of which are outlined under the “call system” section of the website. Two and a half weeks will also be reserved for dedicated work on research and PQI projects.


Year 4-5: Interventional Radiology

The PGY5-6 advanced interventional radiology rotations at our institution are carefully crafted to ensure that residents progress through graded responsibility to reach eventual autonomy. In addition to developing procedural proficiency, residents rotate through various clinical services such as critical care, oncology, hepatology, vascular surgery, and neuro-interventional radiology, which are all organized around understanding the clinical needs of interventional procedures, promoting our specialty and fostering a collaborative environment within our network.

One unique feature of our program is the strong collaboration between our IR division and vascular surgery colleagues. Our team works together on high-volume, complex cases, including aortic intervention, mesenteric and renal arterial intervention, carotid stenting and peripheral arterial intervention, setting us apart from the vast majority of other IR training programs across the country.

With a diverse faculty background, our program offers ample opportunities for resident teaching and supervision. As residents gain more knowledge and experience, their decision-making and diagnostic skills are strengthened, allowing them to assume greater responsibility in a gradual manner that aligns with their confidence and ability.

It is important to note, however, that the supervising faculty member bears ultimate responsibility for the performance, interpretation, and reporting of every diagnostic study or interventional procedure. Our program prioritizes the development of residents' clinical skills, while also instilling a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.