IR-Independent Residency

UVA Interventional Radiologists view images during a procedure

The 1-2 year IR-Independent residency will provide a broad and more in-depth experience in the clinical diagnosis and care of patients with diseases commonly treated by an interventional radiologist. Furthermore, the residency allows the trainees an opportunity to become more familiar with and participate in research to further the field of vascular and interventional radiology.

The residency curriculum is configured to provide education and competency experiences in IR and IR-related services as vascular surgery, surgical ICU, body procedures, Neuro interventional, NICV, and consult services that includes IR clinic.  In the first year of the two-year residency, the trainee will spend at least six months in IR.  In the second year, a minimum of eight months.

2021-22 IR Chief Residents Sara McCann, MD, left, and Dhara Kinariwala, MD, right

The program offers up to three independent residency positions that will match through the NRMP.

Applicants to the program must have completed a diagnostic radiology residency in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited diagnostic radiology program.  Applicants must have passed the ABR Core exam at the time of entry into the program.

To be eligible for appointment in the second year of education in an independent program, residents must have completed an Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) curriculum in a diagnostic radiology program that has prior approval from the Review Committee for ESIR participation.

Graduates of the IR-Independent residency qualify to take the IR/DR exam that is offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).  The dual certification recognizes competency in both diagnostic and interventional radiology.


IR-Independent Residency Program Directors

Luke Wilkins, MD, FSIR

Luke Wilkins, MD, FSIR
Program Director
Interventional Radiology
Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Phone: 434.924.9401
lrw6n@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

 

 

Amy Taylor, MD

Amy Taylor, MD
Associate Program Director
Interventional Radiology
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Phone: 434.924.9401
cxm6yf@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu


Curriculum

We offer up to three independent positions per year. The curriculum includes daily education including case conferences, weekly didactic lectures on core Interventional Radiology, and a joint conference with vascular surgery and vascular medicine colleagues. Additionally, the curriculum includes monthly M&M conference, a multidisciplinary aortic conference, and journal clubs.

YearDescription
Year 1- 8 months IR
- 2 months clinic/consult
- 1 month vascular surgery
- 1 month ICU
- Up to 1 month body procedures
Year 2- 10 months IR
- 1 month NICV
- 1 month body procedures/Neuro IR

** Residents who meet the ESIR requirements will complete the second year curriculum.


How to Apply

As of July 1, 2021, we are no longer accepting applications for entry into the program.

Applicants to the program must have completed or are completing a diagnostic radiology residency in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited diagnostic radiology program.

Documents Required

  • MyERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step I, Step II CK, CS, Step III
  • Up to date curriculum vitae
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation
  • Photo
  • ECFMG certified at the time of application (international medical graduates only)

Interview

The 2022 recruitment season will be held virtually using Thalamus and Zoom virtual platforms. All applicants who are invited to interview will be able to experience our daily case conference and huddle. They will hear about the program from senior faculty and residents and chat with our interviewing faculty.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing and Background Check

Resident/fellow appointment is conditional based on the approval of the Clinical Staff Credentials Committee (CSCC) and the Clinical Staff Executive Committee (CSEC) and based on successful completion of credentialing, including but not limited to our review and acceptance of information from the criminal background check, successful completion of the pre-employment drug screen, passing applicable medical licensing exams (USMLE, COMLEX or MCCQE), receipt of a Virginia Medical License (if applicable), honest and accurate completion of all required paperwork and training modules prior to Orientation. For more information, please see the sample GME Contract linked here.

For Residency and Fellowship Applicants Requiring Visa Sponsorship

Institutionally, we sponsor the J1 clinical visa. Decisions about sponsorship of other visa type are made at the department level. All graduates of international medical schools must hold a valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be appointed as a resident or fellow following the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Contact

We appreciate your interest in our program. For questions or additional information, please email or call:

Laura Renshaw
Interventional Radiology Programs Administrator
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Box 800170
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: 434-982-0428
Fax: 434-924-8698
E-mail: vcd3gq@virginia.edu