Clinical Training

1737420A2 Angiography & Intervention
The Clinical Pathway for Vascular and Interventional Radiology Training

Introduction: The primary intent of this residency in vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) is to provide a broader and more in-depth experience in the clinical diagnosis and care of patients with diseases commonly treated by VIR. The secondary intent of the pathway is to allow the trainee an opportunity to become more familiar with and/or participate in research to further the field of VIR.

Training: The total period of training is designed to comply with the normal six-year (combined) requirement for a Diagnostic Radiology residency and a VIR fellowship training program.

Clinical Patient Care Training: A minimum of 12 months of direct patient care in the PGY-1 year is required in an ACGME-approved program in Internal Medicine or its subspecialty areas (i.e. cardiology, nephrology, pulmonary, critical care, gastroenterology, or hematology/oncology); Pediatrics; General, Cardiovascular, Pediatric, Thoracic, or Urological Surgery; Family Practice; Emergency Medicine; OB-GYN; or any combination of these specialty areas.

Clinical Radiology Training: Thirty-two months of full-time clinical radiology is required including 3 months of VIR during the PGY-2 and/or PGY-3 year. Because of the attenuation of the traditional clinical radiology training, it will be imperative that the Radiology residency and VIR Fellowship program directors make annual evaluations regarding the residents progress in clinical radiology. This diagnostic clinical radiology training will be obtained during the PGY-2, 3, and 5 years.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology Training: Nine months of subspecialty training in VIR are required during the PGY-4 year. These nine months could include training in the noninvasive peripheral vascular lab, MRA, CTA, neuroangiography, neurointerventions, cardiac MRI or VIR. In addition, the individual will be required to spend the PGY-6 year in an ACGME-approved fellowship training program in VIR.

Research/VIR Clinical Training: Seven months will be dedicated to research and clinical training in areas relevant to the practice of VIR (i.e. consult service for cardiology, nephrology, vascular surgery, oncology, gastroenterology). Of these seven months, the trainee shall have a minimum of 3 months dedicated to basic or clinical research activities.

Call Service
During the VIR rotations in the PGY-4 year and non-radiology clinical training rotations during the PGY-2 through 5 years, call responsibility for the trainee will be determined by the Residency and Fellowship Program Directors.