About IR Independent Residency Training
We are proud to offer two positions for this training program through the NRMP match each year. Program openings will be assessed yearly depending on the existing trainee complement.
IR Independent residents are expected to participate in all facets of patient care, including initial consultations, detailed patient evaluations, treatment planning, procedures, post-procedure care, and outpatient clinic follow-up.
IR Independent residents will rotate through 4 weekly ‘core’ rotations where they are assigned to procedural suites in the West (2 weeks) or East (1 week) campus, and a fourth ‘External’ rotation that includes time at a hospital-affiliated outpatient vein center (Mass Vein Care), staffing the IR clinic, performing cross-sectional procedures on the CT-guided Ablation service, and the outpatient Advanced Vascular Care (AV Care) outpatient dialysis access management center. While on the ‘External rotation, IR Integrated residents will also interpret non-invasive vascular imaging studies under IR faculty supervision. During rotations at the main hospital, residents will be exposed to a wide range of complex vascular and non-vascular procedures, including performing arteriography for traumatic or acute bleeding, Interventional Oncology, advanced biliary interventions, uterine fibroid embolization, and advanced vascular access management, to name a few.
Other rotations that are offered depending on individual graduation requirements include one month rotations in ICU or vascular surgery and a two-month rotation at world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital. The IR Independent residents will be provided with an in-depth educational curriculum and conference schedule. IR faculty will provide specific case-based clinical and technical teaching during daily clinical teaching rounds. Residents will receive weekly appropriate didactic lectures and activities on a range of topics during protected lecture time in addition to a weekly case conference. Residents are expected to prepare a monthly Quality Improvement (M&M) conference and attend monthly evening meetings of the New England Society of Interventional Radiology (NESIR), in which world-renowned faculty speak on a range of IR topics. Residents will also attend multidisciplinary conferences where IR faculty and other specialists make joint clinical treatment recommendations for patients.
IR Independent residents have opportunities to participate in ongoing IR research and can partner with a faculty mentor on specific projects. Note that the Department of Radiology requires all residents to complete a scholarly project during their training. The Section Chief and Program Director will work with IR Independent residents to identify potential projects.
Finally, IR Independent residents will receive regular feedback throughout their training. A multi-source 360° evaluation from other residents, nurses, technologists, and patients is also performed bi-annually. Residents are also expected to participate in QA/QI within the section through M&M conferences, and perform a QA/QI project.
Boston is host to several regional and national medical conferences sponsored by Harvard Medical School as well as other medical schools and associations. The monthly New England Roentgen Ray Society meeting is a regional meeting for the six New England states and includes a special program for residents and fellows. The New England Society of Interventional Radiology also holds regular meetings, which provide a highly valuable educational experience.
Sample Block Schedule