Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency

The Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Training Program is a 5-year ACGME-accredited residency program which begins after completion of a 1-year ACGME accredited clinical experience, followed by three years of diagnostic radiology training and subsequently two years of interventional radiology training in a clinically-oriented teaching environment. The IR-Integrated Residency program is now a clinical specialty accepted by the ABMS, ABR and the ACGME. It will include expanded procedural and peri-procedural care beyond the traditional experience gained in DR residency or IR fellowship. The IR Residency will require clinical care rotations; outpatient clinic experience and inpatient consultations. The program provides the foundation for careers in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology and results in dual certification.

Dr. Charles Hennemeyer is the Program Director of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program, and Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Dr. Gregory Woodhead is the Program Director of the IR-Integrated Residency Program. Dr. Dorothy Gilbertson is the Program Director of the DR Residency and the Associate Program Director for the Integrated IR Residency. Dr. Woodhead, in conjunction with Dr. Gilbertson, will oversee the IR-Integrated Residency Program.

The University of Arizona, Department of Medical Imaging revised its diagnostic residency curriculum in the 2009-2010 academic year to reflect the new American Board of Radiology certification timeframe. During the first three years, residents will rotate through all clinical subspecialties of Radiology including pediatrics, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, chest, musculoskeletal, interventional / angiography, neuroradiology, mammography, ultrasound, abdominal CT, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). During the 4th and 5th year of residency (PGY 5 and 6), residents begin the IR focused training experience. Training in both, Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology will be accomplished by a gradual assumption of increasing responsibility under the close supervision of physician faculty members. Residents are evaluated after each rotation and provided with information regarding their educational progress throughout their training, including biannual conferences with the training director. All residents take the annual American College of Radiology In-Training Examination. A board review program, a physics course, and small focus-study groups with faculty prepare senior residents for success on the American Board of Radiology Examination.

The initial program will recruit one IR-Integrated resident per year, entering at the Clinical Assistant II (PGY II) level for a total of five years. The Residency Training Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) with applications submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are accepted for review until November 1st of each year. One year of ACGME-accredited clinical training (PGY I) is required to precede training, outside of the radiology residency in a clinical specialty such as surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, or transitional year, preference and details are in progress. Resident research projects are required, and research time is available as an elective.

The Residency Program reflects the basic goals of the academic and clinical programs by providing the residents with opportunities to learn and participate in diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive image-guided procedures, as well as research. 

In order to become an Integrated IR Resident at the University of Arizona, Department of Medical Imaging, you must register with the Radiology Match. Our department encourages applicants to apply simultaneously to both IR and DR programs. Only completed applications via ERAS will be accepted for review until November 1st of each year. Interviews will be conducted from November to January by the IR Integrated Residency Selection Committee of the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona. Candidates must have passed Part 1 of the National Boards. Also required are Dean’s Letter, 3 letters of recommendation dated within the last 6 months, school transcripts, USMLE transcripts and a personal statement. The Dean’s letter must document satisfactory academic and clinical performance, acceptable moral and ethical behavior and humanistic qualities. The Selection Committee finalizes the match list after reviewing all applicant records and interview evaluations. Applicants can withdraw from the Match prior to the ranking deadline if they accept a position outside of the Match. The Program does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, or any other discriminatory factors.

Point of Contact: Nilu Dorschner