IR Integrated Residency at BIDMC
In 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) named Interventional Radiology (IR) as a separate specialty (similar to Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and other specialties).
In recognition of this change, IR training has transitioned from a fellowship to a dedicated residency program. Training and certification for the IR residency will still fall under the American Board of Radiology (ABR). With the phasing out of the traditional fellowship program nationally as of 2020, two new residencies have been recognized to become an Interventional Radiologist. The ABR and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) believe that a strong Diagnostic Radiology (DR) background is vital to training in Interventional Radiology (IR). This concept provides the foundation for the first new training residency: The IR Integrated Residency program.
This program has been approved by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the ACGME. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is proud to be among the first to gain ACGME approval for this program. It consists of an internship year followed by three years of DR training and two years of IR training. Physicians graduating from this program will receive a combined DR/IR certificate from the American Board of Radiology ABR, pending successful completion of a final certification exam.
We offer two positions for the IR Integrated Residency program in the Match. The first three years and four months will be identical to existing diagnostic radiology curriculums, with clinical rotations on the core diagnostic sub-specialties, including ultrasound, mammography, abdominal imaging, chest radiology, emergency radiology and musculoskeletal radiology. This time will also include rotations on interventional radiology. The diagnostic lecture series, didactic activities, diagnostic call and other educational elements of the program will be nearly identical to the existing DR residency.
Beginning in the third year of the IR Integrated residency, residents will spend dedicated time on the Interventional Radiology service, including IR-related rotations, e.g. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and vascular surgery, in addition to procedure performance in the IR suites. A total of 24 blocks of IR rotations will be completed prior to graduation. Based on our current volume, we anticipate each resident to graduate with a case log of at least 1,000 procedures per resident, which will fulfill all ACGME requirements. Above all, our department prides itself on being supportive of its residents and places strong emphasis on the quality of individualized teaching in procedural techniques.
At BIDMC, there is a strong sense of camaraderie. It’s been such a relief to enter a supportive, friendly, non-competitive atmosphere.
BIDMC Radiology First-Year Resident