UW Radiology

How to Apply – Independent

Application Process:

We regret to inform you that the University of Washington will not be offering interviews for this winter’s application cycle. We do not anticipate open spots for the Independent IR Residency match for 2021-2022 positions. Please check back next year regarding announcements for the 2022-2023 Independent IR Residency Class.

For questions regarding the Application process, please contact our program administrator, Zoe Castle (castlz@uw.edu).

Eligibility to Apply to the Independent IR Residency:

Our minimum criteria include:

1.) A medical degree from one of the following:

  • Accredited medical school in the United States or Canada; or
  • Accredited college of osteopathic medicine in the United States; or
  • Medical school outside of the United States or Canada, along with ECFMG certification

Passing scores on Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3 of the USMLE.

USMLE Policy

2.) Diagnostic Radiology residents currently in their PGY4 year (ESIR or Non-ESIR) are eligible to apply for the Independent IR residency

·         ESIR applicants must upload the ESIR Applicant Diagnostic Radiology Program Director Standardized Letter of Recommendation (now an APDIR requirement for ESIR programs).

·         The UW will review applications from both ESIR and non-ESIR applicants. We will interview/rank candidates based on application quality and not whether candidates will train as an independent IR resident for 1 or 2 years.

Selection Criteria for Interview Invitations:

We do not anticipate to interview for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The selection committee reviews all of the applications received in their entirety. Note that if you are an applicant who has NOT done ESIR, if you are accepted into our program, we guarantee you two full years of training. Those who complete ESIR prior to enrolling in the Independent Residency must also understand that the ACGME recommends that the Program Director for the Independent residency will review your performance during the training program to make sure you are competent and capable of completing the training program in only one year.

Specifics that the selection committee takes into greatest consideration: Experience and performance in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology rotations during your training program, letters from IR faculty during your training program, performance on your clinical clerkships during medical school, comments on the MSPE summary statement, USLME scores, leadership and volunteer work, and research and publications.

Historically, most of our successful applicants to the traditional IR fellowship have received honors in the majority of their clinical clerkships (most notably in medicine and surgery), were members of AOA and received excellent letters of recommendation from IR faculty. Those applicants from schools that do not offer “honors” grades or AOA are not adversely affected.

Letters of Recommendation for the Independent IR Residency

Traditionally, applicants to the IR Fellowship would obtain 3-4 letters of recommendation, most from IR and Radiology faculty. We recommend 3-4 letters of recommendation in your application with at least two letters coming from IR faculty.

2020 Independent IR Residency Interview Dates


Checklist for Independent IR Residency Application

  • Submit following materials through ERAS:
    • 3 – 4 letters of Recommendation, as outlined above
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE) from your medical school
    • A copy of your Medical School Transcript
    • Uploaded copy of your CV
    • USMLE scores from Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS and 3
    • ESIR applicants:
      • Letter from your PD verifying acceptance into ESIR and a block diagram for all 4 years of DR residency and updated case logs.

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


David Shin, MD Associate Program Director, IR Residency and Fellowship Director, IR Clerkship dsshin@uw.edu

Program Administrator

Zoe Castle Phone: 206-598-4431 Fax: 206-598-6406 Email:castlz@uw.edu