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Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

What is ESIR and how do programs select candidates?

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) is a training option for diagnostic radiology residents and medical students who identify an early desire to specialize in interventional radiology.

ESIR training will be completed during diagnostic radiology residency. It requires at least eight interventional radiology rotations, one ICU rotation, and up to three interventional radiology-related rotations during the R1 (PGY-2) - R4 (PGY-5) years. It also requires at least 500 interventional radiology or interventional radiology-related procedures.

ESIR candidates must still complete an independent IR residency to finish their IR training. However, completion of the ESIR requirements allows entry into the 2nd year of the independent IR residency, reducing the total training time to only six years.

Up to three residents may be selected from each residency class for the ESIR training option. ESIR residents will focus on the program-specific requirements during their fourth year of residency training, completing an ICU month as well as at least eight IR and IR-related rotations to easily meet the requirements for advanced placement into an Independent IR Residency. The remainder of the year will be filled with Diagnostic Radiology rotations such as Nuclear Medicine and Breast Imaging to ensure Diagnostic Radiology training requirements are met. Please contact us with any questions or to express interest.

Contact Information
Gretchen Foltz, MD
Interventional Radiology
Program Director
gmfoltz@wustl.edu
314.362.2900

Jennifer Gould, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Program Director
gouldj@wustl.edu
314.362.2900

Missi Varner
Program Coordinator
melissia.varner@wustl.edu
314.362.2819