UW Radiology

How to Apply – Integrated

Application Process


We will begin accepting applications for 2020-2021 positions accepted through ERAS beginning September 15, 2019.

October 1, 2019 is the preferred deadline that will afford the greatest opportunity for an interview offer.

October 16, 2019 is the final deadline for applications.

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

How to Choose an Internship

Per ACGME requirements, in order to complete the IR Residency, one must complete an accredited internship. At this time, the UW does not require an internship at UW as part of your match into IR—we are not a “categorical” program which includes an internship at UW. Although not required, the IR section strongly encourages candidates to complete a surgical internship. An internship in surgery is especially beneficial to those pursuing IR, given the close relationship IR has with surgery and the shared patient population. A transitional year may sound appealing in terms of workload and flexibility, but is not very applicable to a career in IR.

If you are a candidate interested in living in the Seattle area for the internship year, we strongly recommend these surgical internships:

UW Preliminary Surgery


Swedish Hospital Preliminary Surgery

Virginia Mason Preliminary Surgery ERAS ID#1756440P0

Virginia Mason’s Preliminary Surgery Internship

Match (NRMP) Details:

The UW IR Residency has its own NRMP Number.


You will have to apply for an internship SEPARATELY and in addition to the IR Residency. See details above on recommendations for internship.

Candidates applying to BOTH the IR Residency and the Diagnostic Radiology Residency at UW, must apply to each program separately through ERAS.

See the DR application page for further details.

DR residents interested in Interventional Radiology the two pathways are the Independent IR Residency or the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology.

Eligibility to Apply to the IR Residency:

Our minimum criteria include:

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 score on Step 1 of the USMLE.

USMLE Policy

Selection Criteria for Interview Invitations:

Similar to the DR Residency Application Process, we anticipate you may have specific questions related to our application process.

We have 3 IR Residency Positions available to begin during the 2021-2022 academic year after your internship in 2020-2021. We typically interview 20-30 candidates for the 3 potential positions.

The selection committee reviews all of the applications received in their entirety. Most invitations will be offered after release of the MSPE (“dean’s letter”) on October 1, 2019.

Specifics that the selection committee takes into greatest consideration: Experience and performance in Interventional Radiology and Surgery during medical school, grades received in the clinical clerkships, especially the core clerkships in medicine and surgery; letters from IR and diagnostic radiology faculty; letters from surgical faculty (if possible); membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society (though not required); class standing; comments on the MSPE summary statement, USLME step I score, 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) and were members of AOA. Those applicants from schools that do not offer “honors” grades or AOA are not adversely affected.

We do not have a threshold for the USLME step 1 score, although applicants with lower scores generally have other considerable strengths in their application to be considered for an interview. Such other strengths include exceptional performance at a highly regarded medical school, high-caliber research, important leadership positions, or noteworthy volunteer activities.

Letters of Recommendation for the IR Residency

Traditionally, applicants to the IR Fellowship would obtain 3-4 letters of recommendation, most from IR and Radiology faculty. We realize that with the structure of the new program, as medical students, your exposure to IR and Radiology may not be as extensive as those having gone through a traditional DR pathway with multiple opportunities for Radiology and IR faculty interaction.

We recommend 3-4 letters of recommendation in your application (in addition to your dean’s letter), with at least one letter from IR faculty and one letter from Diagnostic Radiology Faculty. We also strongly encourage letters of recommendation from surgical faculty.


2019 IR Residency Interview Dates

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Monday, December 9th, 2019

A Note About the IR Residency Interview Dates

Candidates selected for interviews will interview with the Diagnostic Radiology Program in the morning and the IR Residency program in the afternoon. Please plan on spending the full day at the University of Washington for the interview process and make travel arrangements appropriately.

Visiting Students and Rotations with the IR Department

We strongly encourage applicants to do a rotation with us at the University of Washington if possible. Although this is encouraged so that you and our section determine if the program is the best mutual fit, this is not a requirement. Spaces are limited and plan early if you would like to do a rotation with us. We strongly consider visiting students for an interview, but understand that we cannot accommodate everyone. The DR program must also approve of your application to be considered for an interview, so please be respectful of this process.

We look forward to working with you, if you choose to rotate with us.

For further details on doing an away rotation, please visit the clerkship page.

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