The IR specialty is comprised of unique expertise in diagnostic imaging, image-guided procedures and patient care. And, with more than 50,000 image-guided procedures performed each year, there’s more than enough volume for all trainees. Countless research opportunities, an active IR outpatient clinic, and busy inpatient admitting and consultation services round out the experience. Graduates leave prepared for careers in academic or private practice IR.
Residents work with more than a dozen faculty who have subspecialty training in IR, learning a wide range of adult and pediatric procedures including: venous and percutaneous organ access, angioplasty/stenting, thrombolysis, venous recanalization, IVC filter placement/retrieval, vein ablation, fibroid embolization, trauma, transarterial chemoembolization, radioembolization, tumor ablation, TIPS, balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration and more.
Integrated IR Residency Program
The ACGME has established program requirements for the new Interventional Radiology residency which, upon completion, offers dual certification in interventional and diagnostic radiology. Mallinckrodt Insitute of Radiology's Integrated IR Residency received ACGME approval in 2016 and offers two residency positions annually. MIR currently has integrated IR residents in years one, two, three and four of their training. In addition, the program boasts residents matched through the 2018 match for a 2019 – 2020 residency start, giving the program a full complement of ten outstanding residents.
Acceptance MIR accepts two applicants per year, matched into the program from medical school. Graduates will be board-certified in diagnostic and interventional radiology.
Five-Year Program Following a yearlong clinical internship, residents receive three years of diagnostic radiology training alongside the diagnostic radiology residents and two years of IR training under the thoughtful supervision of the program’s director. The last two years of the IR residency focus on image-guided interventions and invasive diagnostic procedures with additional rotations through the surgical intensive care unit and IR-related areas.
Rotations Residents rotate through three hospitals during training: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, receiving comprehensive exposure to the full scope of diagnostic and interventional radiology.
Independent IR Residency Program
MIR has been approved for up to 4 positions in the Independent Interventional Radiology Residency. The training experience, which will be available in 2020–21, will largely mirror the final two years of the Integrated IR Residency program. Eligible candidates will be individuals who have completed a four-year diagnostic radiology residency with consideration given both to applicants who have completed an ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology) year and those who have not.
Melissa A. Hummel