UW Radiology

Application and Interviews

We will begin accepting applications for 2021-2022 positions accepted through ERAS beginning October 21, 2020.  

Interview Day
Post Interview Day

Application Process 

We currently train 41 diagnostic radiology residents and are recruiting an incoming diagnostic class of 10 residents.

We value diversity in our residency: each of our residents brings unique gifts and qualifications that strengthen our program. We encourage qualified applicants from all regions of the country and from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and we welcome applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. In recent years, 35 different medical schools have been represented in our residency program.

Most of our successful applicants have had experience in research, whether it be a short stint resulting in a case report or extensive time in translational or clinical research yielding numerous presentations, first author publications, and patents. Research is an integral component of our program, and all of our residents obtain mentored research experience through a unique “Competencies” rotation. Many of our residents choose to spend several additional months of elective time pursuing their research interests.

For questions regarding the Application process, please contact our program administrator, Amanda Easton (amande@uw.edu).

Match (NRMP) Options

UW Radiology has a traditional advanced match starting in PGY2 July 2022.

Advanced – PGY-2 positions, with four years of Diagnostic Radiology beginning in 2022. Prerequisite is at least one year of clinical experience in an accredited program. This program is listed on NRMP as:

Univ. Washington Affil.

Univ. Washington Hosp. RADIOLOGY-DIAGNOSTIC 1918420A0

For complete information about the Interventional Radiology Programs please see here

Eligibility

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

Selection Criteria for Interview Invitations

We receive many questions about the application process, and we hope the following information demystifies our process for selecting residents.

We receive well over 700 applications each year but are only able to interview approximately 10% of applicants.

The selection committee reviews all of the application. The bulk of the invitations are offered after release of the MSPE (“dean’s letter”).

In the interview selection process, the most important aspects of the application are grades in the clinical clerkships, especially the core clerkship in medicine and surgery; membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society; membership in the Gold Humanism honor society; class standing; comments on the MSPE summary statement, USLME step 1 score, leadership, and volunteer work, research and publications, potential for an academic career, and significant life experiences.

Most of our successful applicants have honors in the majority of their clinical clerkships and are 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.  Applicants with lower scores generally have other considerable strengths in their application, such as exceptional performance at a highly-regarded medical school, extensive high-caliber research, important leadership positions, or noteworthy volunteer activities.

We seek residents that have potential for an academic career. Most of our successful applicants have demonstrated an interest in research or other academic activities, ranging from teaching to writing case reports to publishing ground-breaking work related to a PhD degree.

2020/2021 Interview Dates

Monday, November 9th*

Monday, November 16th*

Monday, November 23rd*

Monday, December 7th*

Monday, December 14th

Monday, January 11th

*denotes an IR/DR interview day

Note to Applicants from the University of Washington School of Medicine

We recognize that the University of Washington is one of the strongest medical schools in the nation, and we have been fortunate to meet and work with many of you.

Rest assured that we will read every application from UW students in great detail and give you the utmost consideration. In the past we were able to offer all of our students an interview. However, because of the limited number of interview days, we can no longer extend courtesy interviews. We believe it is unfair to interview an applicant if we would not be able to rank him or her highly. If you are not offered an interview, we would be happy to continue to guide you in the application process to match to an excellent program.

Note to Visiting Students

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the University of Washington is unable to offer visiting rotations for medical students this current academic year (2020-21).

We recognize that a visiting rotation is an effective and fun way for you to get an extended view of our program, but it is not required or expected of our applicants. Due to the large number of applications, we are not able to offer an interview to all visiting students. Your application will be read in detail and in its entirety; selection is not based solely on your rotation with us.

If you have done a visiting rotation, please let Amanda Easton (amande@uw.edu) know as soon as possible so she can flag your application for the selection committee.

Many of us have enjoyed working with you, and we wish you the best of luck.

Note to International Medical Graduates

We encourage highly qualified applicants to apply to our program. We value diversity of training and have outstanding residents and faculty from international medical schools.

Due to the large number of applications, we are only able to interview international graduates who have ALL of the following qualifications:

1.      Strong scores on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE.

2.      Outstanding letters of recommendation.

3.      Strong research track record with publication in peer-reviewed journal.

4.      Current enrollment in or completion of a clinical year accredited by the ACGME, RCPSC, or CFPC in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery or surgical specialties, or any combination of these.  The clinical year may also comprise a transitional year accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC.

 International Medical Graduates may also be interested in our 4-Year Pathway that leads to ABR eligibility.

Essential Functions

The University of Washington GME office has promulgated an Essential Functions document outlining trainee responsibilities.