UW Radiology

For Medical Students

The University of Washington welcomes medical students to spend time with our IR service. Student rotations take place across four hospitals, including Harborview, UWMC-Montlake, Seattle Children’s, and VA Puget Sound. Our world-class faculty have been involved in the training of medical students from all over the country. 

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Interest Group

Pre-Clinical Shadowing - MS1/2

Thank you for your interest in interventional radiology. The IR shadowing experience is offered to the University of Washington medical students interested in learning more about IR. We would be glad to have you spend a half-day with us in the University of Washington Medical Center – Montlake IR Angio Suite (7 am to 12 pm). At this time, we are unable to accommodate visiting medical students, undergraduate students, or postbaccalaureate students.

Please address shadowing inquiries to:

Clinical Rotation - MS3/4

Thank you for your interest in IR. Medical students who seek a more in-depth exposure to IR should apply for the Interventional Radiology APC Clerkship (RADGY 684). This rotation counts toward your ‘Advanced Patient Care’ graduation requirements. With UW’s curriculum, you would participate in this clerkship as part of your ‘Explore and Focus’ phase of training (MS4 year.) Please see the ‘Explore and Focus’ website for more information.

We look forward to sharing the learning environment with you, having you interact as a member on our team and working side-by-side with attendings, residents and staff in patient care and procedures. 

This clerkship is very popular and space is limited, so we recommend that you apply early. 

RADGY 684 – Interventional Radiology APC Clerkship

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 weeks (8 credits)

Clerkship Director: Matthew Abad-Santos, M.D.

Prerequisites: Permission of Clerkship Coordinator and Director based on the application packet (see below)


  • 4-week Advanced Patient Care (APC) clerkship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Ideal candidates are those strongly considering applying to IR residency
  • A maximum of 1 student per rotation site
  • Up to 4 site options offered, to be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis or by the discretion of the clerkship director
    • UWMC/HMC: 2 weeks at UW Medical Center (Montlake), followed by 2 weeks at Harborview Medical Center
    • HMC/UWMC: 2 weeks at Harborview Medical Center, followed by 2 weeks at UW Medical Center (Montlake)
    • VA: 4 weeks at VA Puget Sound Health Care System
    • SCH (not always offered): 4 weeks at Seattle Children’s Hospital. IR-bound students with personal interest in pediatrics are considered for this site.
  • To obtain permission to enroll, please send a completed IR Clerkship Application Form, current CV, and one-page letter of interest to:
  • For away rotations: please submit the UW application above and if approved for the clerkship, then apply through the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunity website
  • Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Program is an initiative by the Society of Interventional Radiology and SIR Foundation to support medical students from diverse backgrounds by providing scholarships to fund visiting clerkships in IR. For more information, please visit: https://www.sirfoundation.org/grants_awards/current-opportunities/gems-program/