The Interventional Radiology Residency Program is dedicated to training physicians in minimally invasive, image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system, while providing high-quality clinical patient care.

Application Process

Applications to the Program in Diagnostic Radiology are made through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in the fall of the fourth year of medical school, approximately 20 months before the starting date on July 1.

Applications must be submitted before November 1 of the corresponding match year. No applications will be considered if submitted after November 1.

The following components of the application should be submitted through ERAS and are essential in order to complete the application:

  • Universal Residency Application, including:
    • Personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean's letter
  • USMLE board scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Completion of USMLE Steps I and II

On the basis of the submitted application, approximately 20 to 30 candidates are selected for personal interviews. Each completed application is carefully reviewed. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible by e-mail for an interview date (November, December, or January). For a variety of reasons, occasionally applicants may be asked to arrange travel plans on short notice. Residents are chosen on the basis of their medical training, general achievements, and personal qualities. No preference is given to any particular medical school or geographic area, nor is race, sex, or national origin a consideration.

International medical graduates are made aware of the restrictive provisions of Public Law 94-484, the Health Professions Education Assistance Act. The following conditions must be met:

  • Standard ECFMG certificate
  • Completion of an accredited internship in the United States
  • Eligibility for ECFMG visa sponsorship if candidate does not have permanent status in the United States

Our program coordinator, Ledja Lera, can be contacted at in the event that personal circumstances demand direct information.

For more information about the residency, contact the program director, Ronald Arellano, MD, at or the associate program director Sara Zhao, MD at

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Interviewing Process
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residency interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 cycle. Further details regarding the remote interview day will be announced closer to the interview dates. 
  • The interview day includes an introduction from Dr. Arellano and several one-on-one interviews with both diagnostic and interventional radiology faculty and trainees. 
  • Applicants applying for both DR and IR may also be selected for a separate interview with the DR program. 
  • All candidates are invited to join us for a virtual social event to meet a small group of current residents and fellows. Details about this event will be provided to interviewees as the interview day approaches.