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Curriculum

The Interventional Radiology residency curriculum at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) is structured to provide a robust clinical background and broad exposure to the comprehensive interventional radiology scope of practice and the full range of IR procedures as well as a solid foundation in Diagnostic Radiology.

PGY 1: Clinical Internship
Prior to arriving at MIR, trainees will begin with a clinical internship (General Surgery, Internal Medicine, or transitional year). For those applicants who match into our integrated IR residency program, we also offer a General Surgery Internship tailored to IR at Barnes Jewish Hospital as an option.

PGY 2-4: Diagnostic Radiology Rotations
The subsequent three years of training mirror that of a Diagnostic Radiology resident. Essentially, residents are assigned to either two or four week blocks and rotate through all diagnostic radiology subspecialties. Typically, IR residents will be exposed to twelve weeks of IR rotations between PGY-2 and PGY-3. At the end of 36 months of rotations, IR residents are expected to pass the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core Exam.

PGY 5: DR/IR Split
During the fourth year of training, residents will complete approximately 24 weeks of IR, four weeks in the ICU, eight weeks of IR Related rotations (see list of IR related rotations below),and approximately ten weeks of diagnostic radiology rotations.All remaining nuclear medicine and breast imaging requirements will be met within this training year.

PGY 6: Interventional Radiology
The final year training will be dedicated to mastering clinical and procedural skills in Interventional Radiology. Residents will spend 48 weeks on clinical interventional services and four weeks in vascular surgery.

Once training is completed, a resident is eligible to sit for the ABR IR/DR certificate exam.

 

Options for IR related rotations:Musculoskeletal procedures, abdominal imaging procedures, Neuro interventional, research elective, additional ICU or vascular surgery month.

 

Alternative training pathways to achieve training in Interventional Radiology

Independent pathway (up to four positions per year):

  • Requires successful completion of diagnostic radiology residency
  • Two year program, however, completion of an ESIR curriculum in the last year of your diagnostic radiology residency reduces the training requirements to one year,
  • Applicants will match to the independent IR residency during PGY 4 year of diagnostic radiology residency.
  • Enter independent residency for PGY 6 and 7 (if not ESIR certified).

 

Breakdown of  Interventional Training Pathways

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Summary table of DR and IR training pathways

ACGME

DR

Integrated IR

Independent IR

Independent IR
with ESIR

PGY 2

DR 1

IR 1

DR 1

DR 1

PGY 3

DR 2

IR 2

DR 2

DR 2

PGY 4

DR 3

IR 3

DR 3

DR 3

PGY 5

DR 4

IR 4

DR 4

DR4/ESIR

PGY 6

 

IR 5

IR 1

IR 2

PGY7

 

 

IR2