Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency
Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency
Interventional Radiology is a distinct specialty that uses minimally invasive, image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system, while providing high-quality clinical patient care.
The ACGME has established program requirements for the Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency which, upon completion, offers dual certification in diagnostic and interventional radiology. Mass General offers three annual positions in the Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency, an ACGME accredited program. The aim of the Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency is to provide a comprehensive training program and to increase the quality and safety of patient care by including a greater focus on clinical care in outpatient clinics, inpatient consultation, admissions and critical care.
The clinical evolution of our specialty has been accompanied by an increased complexity and expansion of imaging and minimally invasive treatment techniques that are employed in an ever-increasing number and variety of procedures. From the treatment of peripheral artery disease with angioplasty and catheter-delivered stents to interventional oncology procedures that rely on transcatheter treatment or percutaneous ablation of tumors, an interventional radiologist physician is a member of an exciting, evolving and advancing field.
The Department of Radiology is dedicated to training world-class clinical radiologists who will practice in a variety of academic and private settings. One of our goals is to train the next generation of academic radiologists, who will continue to contribute to the specialty and expand the frontiers of medical imaging. Opportunities for resident participation in basic and clinical research are provided.
Why Mass General Radiology?
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology is uniquely positioned to provide exposure to a wide variety of disease states, a critical component of radiology training:
- MGH serves as a general hospital for the local Boston area.
- Satellite imaging centers further increase our coverage of outpatient centers and urgent care clinics.
- Mass General draws referrals for subspecialty care from all over the world, providing exposure to rare and newly described diseases.
The Department of Radiology has long been dedicated to the training of future radiologists. It was the first in the country to establish a residency training program. Resident education is given a high priority by the faculty, which consists of approximately 120 radiologists, of whom 17 are Interventional Radiologists. The formal residency training program is closely aligned with the latest advances occurring in the radiologic and minimally invasive care of patients. The department performs more than diagnostic 650,000 examinations annually, and more than 15,000 interventional procedures.
The Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency curriculum at Mass General is structured to provide a strong clinical background and broad exposure to the entire interventional radiology scope of practice and the full range of IR procedures. At the same time, we also provide our residents with a strong foundation in diagnostic radiology.
PGY 1: Clinical Internship
The Mass General Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency is a categorical program, requiring individuals who match into our program to start with a clinical internship at Mass General. This internship has been tailored specifically for interventional radiology trainees and offers them a broad exposure to clinical services that are closely aligned with our specialty.
PGY 2-4: Diagnostic Radiology Rotations
The subsequent three years of training are essentially the same as the Mass General diagnostic radiology curriculum. In brief, residents are assigned in two- to four-week blocks and will rotate through all diagnostic radiology subspecialties.
At the end of 36 months of rotations, IR residents are expected to pass the American Board of Radiology Core Exam (part 1).
PGY 5 and 6:
The last two years of training will be dedicated to mastering clinical and procedural skills in interventional radiology. A typical rotation layout for PGY 5 and 6 years is as follows:
- Vascular Intervention: 26-32 weeks
- Non-vascular Intervention: 24-28 weeks
- Cardiovascular Imaging: 8-26 weeks
- Vascular Surgery: 6 weeks
- Research: 6-24 weeks
- Clinical Service (outpatient clinics, ward rounds, consultations): 8 weeks
- Off-Service Electives (e.g., ICU): 8-24 weeks
- Vacation & Conferences: 8 weeks
Once a resident completes training, they're eligible for the American Board of Radiology IR/DR certificate.
Alternative training pathways to achieve training in Interventional Radiology
Independent Pathway (two positions/year):
We offer one-year Interventional Radiology Independent Residency positions only for individuals who have completed an ESIR program during their diagnostic radiology residency.
- Requires completion of a diagnostic radiology (DR) residency
- Match during PGY 4 year of diagnostic radiology residency
- ESIR certification required from DR residency program
- Enter Mass General Interventional Radiology Independent Residency for PGY 6 (if ESIR certified)
Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
- Diagnostic radiology programs that wish to provide residents with sufficient IR training to qualify for an advanced entry into the second year of an independent IR residency may offer the ESIR program
- Requirements include 12 months or IR (e.g. through a ‘focused year’) or IR related rotations and 500 procedures
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