Overview of the IR Integrated Residency
We are proud to offer two advanced positions per year for our rigorous, five-year Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency.
IR Integrated 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.
Through an organized schedule, IR Integrated residents will rotate through four weekly ‘core’ rotations in which they are assigned to procedural suites in the West (two weeks) or East (one week) Campus. A fourth ‘External’ rotation includes seeing patients and performing procedures at a hospital-affiliated outpatient vein center (Mass Vein Care), staffing IR clinic, performing cross-sectional procedures on the CT-guided Ablation service, and rotating through Advanced Vascular Care (AVCare), an outpatient dialysis access management center. 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, treatment of venous thromboembolic disease, advanced musculoskeletal interventions, uterine fibroid embolization, prostate artery embolization, treatment of vascular malformations, endocrine interventions and advanced vascular access management.
Residents will rotate through the ICU for one month to become better acquainted with taking care of high-acuity patients. Each resident will also spend one month rotating on the endovascular part of the Vascular Surgery service, where they will learn about the clinical evaluation and management of peripheral arterial disease and participate in endovascular procedures, including peripheral angiography and interventions, carotid artery stenting, and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms. To round out the educational experience, IR Integrated residents will have a six- to eight-week dedicated pediatric interventional radiology rotation at world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital.
The IR Integrated residents will also have an in-depth educational curriculum and conference schedule. IR faculty provide specific case-based clinical and technical teaching during daily clinical teaching rounds. Residents receive weekly didactic lectures and activities on a range of topics during protected lecture time. 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.
Daily didactic morning conferences are held for the residents during their first three years of training. Speakers include departmental faculty with frequent lectures from HMS faculty at other institutions, alumni, and guest lecturers from around the world. Visiting professors from other major national and international teaching centers also participate in resident education for the department.
IR Integrated residents have opportunities to participate in ongoing research within the section and can partner with a faculty mentor to participate in specific projects. The Department of Radiology requires that all residents complete a scholarly project during their training as well as a Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance project. Early in residency, the section chief and program director will work with IR Integrated residents to identify potential projects.
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, including board preparation. The New England Society of Interventional Radiology also holds regular meetings, which provide a highly valuable educational experience.
Sample Block Schedule