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Independent IR Residency

The Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine is a two-year ACGME-accredited program. A total of two independent residents (PGY 6-7) are active in the program in any given academic year. Up to two candidates are accepted each year through the NRMP spring match. Independent interventional radiology residents are exposed to both interventional radiology call and interventional radiology clinic throughout training. Independent residents who have early specialization interventional radiology (ESIR) certification matriculate directly into the IND-2 year of training.

Block Schedule: IND 1 (PGY 6)

Independent IR residents without ESIR certification have six interventional radiology rotations: biopsy, vascular imaging, intensive care unit, and three non-interventional radiology electives. Additionally, they will rotate through one month of diagnostic radiology (DR) night float to ensure critical DR interpretive skills are not lost over their two years of training.

Residents can choose their desired non-interventional radiology related electives. Those include, but are not limited to: medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, hepatology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, transplant surgery and cardiology. The vascular imaging rotation will focus solely on vascular sonographic and cross-sectional imaging. This will allow residents to sit for the Registered Physician in Vascular Imaging (RPVI) certifying examination.

Block Schedule: IND 2 (PGY 6 or 7)

Independent IR residents with ESIR certification or those in their second year of training have 13 months of IR rotations. Residents rotate through eight hospitals.

Clinic

Independent interventional radiology residents rotate through the various dedicated outpatient interventional radiology clinics, experiencing a wide variety of patient populations and disease pathology. Residents rotate through clinic for a half-day every other week throughout the entirety of training.

Research

Independent residents are involved in at least one of the division’s quality improvement projects. Residents are required to present their work at a national conference and/or publish findings in a peer-reviewed journal.

Call Exposure

Independent interventional radiology residents progressively assume greater interventional radiology call responsibility throughout residency.

Residents cover weekend day float (Saturday and Sunday) paired with a PGY-6 senior resident. Independent 1 residents will also begin to take primary interventional radiology call in a limited fashion.

Residents cover primary IR call serving as the primary operator or supervisor to the junior interventional radiology resident as appropriate and always in conjunction with on-call interventional radiology faculty.