UW Radiology

Interventional Residency Programs

The University of Washington has a rich history in training IR physicians.  

The entire IR section is an active clinical service, with several outpatient clinics, and an inpatient service with active participation by residents, medical students, physician assistants, and nurse coordinators.  The overall goal of the Interventional Radiology Residency program is to merge imaging expertise with not only technical skills but also clinical skills.  Trainees will be involved in all aspects of patient care including image interpretation, evaluation of new patients, procedures, inpatient and outpatient care, patient follow-up, and multidisciplinary boards (e.g., tumor boards.)

We currently have approval for up to three integrated residents per PGY and one independent resident. Typically, the DR program at UW can accommodate one ESIR resident per PGY.

More detailed information about Interventional Radiology Residency Programs can be found on the SIR website.

Clinical Work

Arterial Disease – thrombolysis, AVM interventions, PAD/CLI, aneurysm and pseudoaneurysm treatment (EVAR)

Oncology – chemo and radioembolization, irreversible electroporation (IRE)/nanoknife, percutaneous ablation (radiofrequency, microwave, cryo, ethanol)

Trauma – hemorrhage, solid organ injury management

GI Tract – TIPS, BATO/BRTO, endoscopic assisted biliary stone management, cholecystectomy tube, biliary dilation and stenting, portal vein recanalization, GI hemorrhage

GU Tract – nephrostomy, ureteral stents

Transplant interventions – UWMC transplant programs include liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung

Hemodialysis access – fistula and graft interventions and slavage

Lymphatic – lymphangiography, thoracic duct embolization

Venous – venous reconstruction, reconstruction, and stenting; IVC filter placement and retrieval, including advanced retrieval

Women’s Health – uterine artery embolization, fibroid treatment, pelvic congestion syndrome 

Men’s Health – varicocele treatment, prostate artery embolization

Neurologic – acute stroke interventions, diagnostic cerebral angiography

Pain management – kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, sacroplasty, bone ablation, and percutaneous sympathectomy

Clinical/Multidisciplinary – inpatient and outpatient consults, continuity of care, tumor boards, ICU, Vascular Ultrasound, GI/Hepatology

Hospitals

The IR service at the University of Washington and associated hospitals perform a full spectrum of vascular and nonvascular procedures in both adult and pediatric populations. IR rotation sites include University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency

The University of Washington is an ACGME accredited program for the Integrated IR Residency. Graduates of this program will complete overall two full years of training in IR and will be eligible for dual board certification in IR and DR. We currently have approval for three positions per year.

Application Process

Minimum eligibility criteria

1. A medical degree from one of the following:

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

2. Passing scores on USMLE Step 1 (and Step 2 CK & CS if taken in time for ERAS submission)

ERAS Application

Complete ERAS application online.

Interviews

We typically offer about 30 interviews each year for 3 positions in the integrated program. 

Specifics the selection committee takes into greatest consideration: 

  • Core clerkship grades, especially in surgical/procedural specialties
  • Letters of recommendation, particularly from IR, DR, surgery, and/or medicine faculty
  • Dean’s letter (MSPE); class standing
  • USMLE scores
  • Leadership and volunteer activities
  • Research activity, particularly presentations and publications

Historically, most of our successful applicants have received honors in the majority of their core clinical clerkships (most notably in medicine and surgery) and were members of AOA. However, those applicants from schools that do not offer “honors” or AOA are not adversely affected.

We do not have a threshold for the USMLE 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.

Interview Dates

November 9, 2020
November 16, 2020
November 23, 2020
December 14, 2020

We understand that with the COVID-19 pandemic, medical school rotations and opportunities may have been atypical this year. We commit to being receptive and adaptive in the new climate of remote interviews and understanding of diverse medical school experiences. All our interviews will take place via Zoom, and more details will be shared about that process if selected for an interview. 

Independent Interventional Radiology Residency

A timeline of the Independent IR program. PGY1: intern year (surgery prelim preferred), PGY2-5 DR Residency, PG6-7: Independent IR Residency
A timeline of the ESIR program. PGY1: intern year (surgery prelim preferred), PGY2-5 DR Residency, PG6: Independent IR Residency

The University of Washington is an ACGME approved program for the Independent IR Residency. Graduates from the program will be eligible to apply for certification in IR. We currently have approval for one position per PGY. Candidates for the Independent Residency program include ESIR and non-ESIR DR residents.

Application Process

Both ESIR (approved or planning approval) and non-ESIR DR residents will apply during their PGY-4 year and would start as PGY-6.

For the most comprehensive information, please visit the SIR Independent IR Residency website.

Minimum eligibility criteria

1. A medical degree from one of the following:

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

2. Passing scores on USMLE Step 1, 2 (CK & CS) and 3
3. Completion/Passing score on ABR Core Exam prior to starting Independent IR residency
4. Good standing in DR program on track to complete program

Additional ESIR applicants criteria: 
5. ESIR Applicant Diagnostic Radiology Program Director Standardized Letter of Recommendation for ESIR applicants
6. Letter from your PD verifying acceptance into ESIR
7. Submit a block diagram for all 4 years of DR residency and updated case logs

ERAS Application

Complete ERAS Application for NRMP Residency and Fellowship Match (ERAS website for Independent IR Residency)

Letters of Recommendation

We recommend 3-4 letters of recommendation in your application with at least two letters coming from IR faculty.

Interviews

Typically we interview 10 applicants for 1 Independent IR position per application cycle. 

Specifics the selection committee takes into greatest consideration: 

  • Quality and quantity of IR rotations
  • Letters of recommendation, particularly from IR, DR, surgery, and/or medicine faculty
  • Medical school performance: Clerkship grades; Dean’s letter (MSPE); class standing
  • USMLE scores
  • Leadership and volunteer activities
  • Research activity, particularly presentations and publications

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.

Interview Dates

01/25/2021, Monday

02/01/2021, Monday

02/08/2021, Monday

We understand that with the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical opportunities may have been atypical this year. We commit to being receptive and adaptive in the new climate of remote interviews and understanding of diverse experiences. All our interviews will take place via Zoom, and more details will be shared about that process if selected for an interview.

Early Specialization in IR - ESIR

The purpose of the ESIR program 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 of the DR residency and is another option for IR training for some residents. 

ESIR training requires residents to rotate in 12 IR or related rotations during PGY-2 through PGY-5 with documentation of 500 IR or IR related procedures. This will allow DR resident to enter the second year of an IR Independent Residency as a PGY-6 and complete the final year of training. ESIR residents will apply for Independent IR Residency programs through the ERAS/NRMP match, and can apply to their home institute as well other other programs. 

Availability of ESIR spots at UW will be considered on a case-by-case basis and cannot be guaranteed every year.

For the most up to date and comprehensive information about ESIR programs, please visit the SIR ESIR website