Radiology and Imaging Sciences

Integrated DR/IR Residency

A comprehensive and collaborative residency training program, the Integrated Diagnostic Radiology (DR)/Interventional Radiology (IR) Residency Program at Indiana University School of Medicine is a five-year, ACGME-accredited program. In a dynamic, optimistic and innovative learning environment, the program curriculum includes research, education, informatics and health care economics. The program leverages unique resources available from IU School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, allowing residents to have first-hand experience in one the largest leading hospital systems in the country. Residents who complete this program are prepared for academic or private practice interventional radiology and can apply for dual diagnostic radiology/interventional radiology certification by the American Board of Radiology.

10 integrated residents (PGY 2-6) are active in the program at any given time, and the program accepts two candidates each year through the National Residency Matching Program winter match. Residents in this program are exposed to both interventional radiology call and clinic throughout the entirety of training, beginning in the PGY-2 year.

Block Schedule

At least two interventional radiology or interventional radiology-related rotations are required each year. Residents rotate through the intensive care unit in each of the PGY-2, -3 and -5 years. Residents can choose their desired non- interventional radiology related electives, which 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 during the PGY-4 year focuses solely on vascular sonographic and cross-sectional imaging, after which residents sit for the Registered Physician in Vascular Imaging (RPVI) certifying examination.

Resident Experience

Clinic

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 all five years of residency beginning with the IR 1 (PGY-2) year.

Research

Residents are paired with a research mentor during their IR 1 (PGY-2) year to do project development and design. Data acquisition and interpretation occur during the IR 2-3 (PGY 3-4) years. IR 4 (PGY 5) residents are expected to present their work at a national conference and/or publish findings in a peer-reviewed journal.

Call Exposure

Integrated residents assume greater interventional radiology call responsibility throughout residency. Interventional radiology faculty are always on call with residents to allow for direct supervision during cases.

Residents cover one week of night float during their interventional radiology rotation. In addition, residents rotate through night float every eighth weekend (Friday and Saturday nights). Junior interventional radiology residents are paired with senior interventional radiology residents when on night float.

Residents cover weekend day float (Saturday and Sunday). While on day float, residents work in a team with the senior interventional radiology resident and interventional radiology faculty. IR 3 (PGY-4) residents are exempt from call responsibilities in the months leading up to boards.

Residents cover weekend day float (Saturday and Sunday) paired with a PGY-6 senior resident. IR 4 residents begin to take primary interventional radiology call in a limited fashion.

Residents cover primary interventional radiology 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.