UW Radiology

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

Overview from the SIR website

The purpose of ESIR is to provide an alternative path for DR residents who identify an early desire to enter into IR. ESIR is a modification of the curriculum in a DR residency. The establishment of a uniform ESIR curriculum at participating DR residency programs will ensure that these residents obtain adequate IR training. ESIR training requires residents to rotate in 12 IR or IR-related rotations during PGY2-5 years with documentation of 500 IR or IR-related procedures. DR residents that complete the prescribed ESIR training and satisfy the IR procedural requirements will be eligible to receive credit for the first year of the Independent IR Residency and enter directly into the second year of the Independent IR Residency program at their institution or another institution, thus still being able to complete training within 6 years. These residents will enter via the NRMP independent residency Match. The independent residency programs can choose from a pool of ESIR qualified DR or conventional DR candidates.

ESIR at the University of Washington

The University of Washington’s ESIR pathway within the DR program was approved by the ACGME in September, 2017. We plan to offer this pathway to interested DR residents each academic year.

Benefits of ESIR

Although UW will offer both the IR Residency and Independent IR Residency, ESIR is a beneficial potential option for those DR Residents who may be unsure if they want to do IR when they start DR residency or for those who may decide they would like to pursue additional IR training at a different institution. Once a DR resident has matched into a program with ESIR, if the resident chooses to do ESIR during the DR residency, only one year of fellowship via the Independent pathway will be required after completion of the DR residency, at UW or an outside institution.

Availability of ESIR spots will be considered on a case-by-case basis and cannot be guaranteed every year. We foresee that every residents’ goals and options will be considered, and ESIR will be another option for IR training for some residents.

More information about ESIR and all the IR training pathways can be found on the SIR website.

Christopher Ingraham, MD
Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency and Fellowship


David Shin, MD
Associate Program Director, IR Residency and Fellowship
Director, IR Clerkship


Program Administrator

Zoe Castle
Phone: 206-598-4431
Fax: 206-598-6406