Interventional Radiology Residency
Thank you very much for your interest in the Interventional Radiology Residency program at Henry Ford Hospital (HFH). We will be offering all available training pathways for Interventional Radiology.
Introduction of the new training pathways
Interventional Radiology (IR) has traditionally taught physicians through a fellowship training program upon successful completion of a Diagnostic Radiology (DR) Residency. Current changes now mandate that interventional radiology will no longer train physicians through a fellowship program. Instead, IR is now recognized as a distinct primary clinical specialty. The last year for the traditional fellowship training program is the 2019-2020 academic year.
There are two pathways to choose from in order to become trained and certified as an interventional radiologist. Both pathways require training not only in interventional radiology but also in diagnostic radiology. Both pathways provide the minimum equivalent training.
The first training option is the integrated pathway. This pathway is a six year program which consists of a one year internship, three years of diagnostic radiology training and two years of IR training. Applicants will participate in the Main NRMP Match during their medical school training. Henry Ford Hospital is currently accredited for the integrated pathway and will participate in the 2016-2017 Match. The first residents will begin their training in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Programs have the option of providing their own internship experience, called a Categorical Program, or having residents apply for separate non-affiliated internships. At Henry Ford Hospital, we offer a categorical program, so that when the student matches into the IR Integrated Residency program, they automatically match into the internship program. We have tailored the internship curriculum to provide a better academic experience so that it is more relevant to our specialty.
The second training option is the Independent Pathway. This option is a two year dedicated residency program in Interventional Radiology. Applicants must have completed a diagnostic radiology residency. Therefore, the NRMP Match for this program takes place in the PGY-4 year. This pathway will require training for seven years. This will include a one year internship, four years of DR and two years of IR. Henry Ford Hospital will be offering the Independent pathway. Programs cannot apply for this pathway until 2017, so there are no programs in the country who have yet been accredited. The first residency class in this pathway would begin the 2020-2021 academic year.
A third curriculum exists called Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR). This is not a training pathway. It is a specialized curriculum in a diagnostic radiology residency program that provides a nationally standardized IR experience during the PGY-5 year. DR residents who complete this curriculum in an approved residency program still have to complete an Independent IR Residency, but can be given advanced standing. This means they will only have to complete one year of additional training, making the total length of training similar to an integrated program. This training would include a total of six years: (1 year internship + 4 year DR with ESIR + 1 year IR). The Henry Ford Hospital Diagnostic Radiology residency program has applied to offer the ESIR curriculum. This will then provide residents with all available options and opportunities to enter IR training.
We encourage medical students who are certain that they would like to pursue Interventional Radiology to apply for the integrated residency pathway. For these students, we also encourage applying to diagnostic radiology residency programs. Integrated residency programs will be extremely competitive with limited institutions currently offering this training option. If you are unable to match into an integrated program, matching into a DR program that offers ESIR is the next best option. It will still allow you to complete training in six years, with equivalent minimum training. For those students who are interested but still unsure, applying for a diagnostic radiology residency (with or without ESIR) followed by an independent IR residency may be a better option.
Summary of training pathways
- Six years (1 year internship + 5 year combined IR/DR)
- Match in medical school
- Seven years (1 year internship + 4 year DR + 2 year IR)
- Match in DR Residency
Independent pathway with ESIR
- Six years (1 year internship + 4 year DR with ESIR + 1 year IR)
- Match in DR Residency
As previously mentioned, Henry Ford Hospital will be offering all available training opportunities. We also encourage interested medical students to apply to our dedicated interventional radiology elective. For more information, please refer to the Undergraduate Medical Education website. We also provide research opportunities to work in collaboration with our attendings, fellows, and residents.