Rochester General Hospital
Welcome to the Rochester General Hospital Interventional Radiology Residency Program. I want to thank you for your interest in our residency program, which is a dual certificate program in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) at Rochester General Hospital. In my opinion, interventional radiology is the most fascinating and groundbreaking field in medicine. It combines ingenious minimally invasive procedures, technical savvy, and creativity with the wonders of modern diagnostic imaging, all while delivering lasting relationships through true clinically oriented medicine.
At RGH Interventional Radiology, we view ourselves as an intimate division and program, with experienced IRs mentoring not only the technical aspects of minimally invasive image-guided procedures, but the nuances and importance of clinical care in the pre-procedural workup to post-procedural follow-up. This is combined with an ideal learning environment in becoming an expert at diagnostic imaging interpretation. The two residencies are complementary and perfectly intertwined. I cannot express enough how being an interventional radiologist is absolutely the most gratifying job in the world. We absolutely love what we do. That’s why we are excited to teach the next generation of IRs.
Raj Pyne, MD
IR Residency Program Director
Rochester General Hospital
About the Program
This paradigm shift has been so eye-opening that many realized the training between diagnostic radiology and IR had to change, for the better. The classic pathway of 4 years of Diagnostic Radiology followed by 12 months of IR was not sufficient for training nor was it optimal to create clinically oriented, patient-centered interventional radiologists. The plan was to create a new track for trainees interested in pursuing interventional radiology. The new track would be a dual certificate in IR and DR to complement both but to have the IR training be more clinical and global. On September 11th, 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which allows for all board certification, approved a new dual primary certificate in interventional radiology (IR) and diagnostic radiology (DR). Interventional Radiology (IR) thus officially became the 37th medical specialty in medicine in 2012.
Integrated IR/DR Residency
During the first 3 years (PGY 2-4) of this IR/DR residency, trainees will train almost indistinguishably alongside the Diagnostic Radiology residents, including the same educational goals and objectives. The only difference will be some added IR rotations in these first three years. All responsibilities including call will otherwise be identical. In PGY-5 and 6, the IR/DR residents will focus their training on all aspects of interventional radiology, including both technical skills as well as clinical care. The overarching goal is for trainees in our program to become adept in the interpretation of all diagnostic imaging modalities as well as to become skilled and proficient in not only the technical skills of minimally invasive image-guided procedures, but also the compassionate care of their patients both before and after the procedure. The goal of the program is to graduate confident, independent practitioners able to both lead a true clinical IR service while also having the ability to be a productive diagnostic radiologist in either academic or private practice.
ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology)
Each year, any of the interested second year diagnostic radiology are allowed to apply for ESIR designation within our program. This is based off of IR rotation performance, DR rotation performance, in-service scores, board scores, and overall fit in our program. One ESIR resident will be selected annually. During their fourth DR year (PGY-5), this resident will have a special concentration in IR, completing 10 months of IR or IR-related rotations, including an ICU month and a month at our dedicated vein clinic. They will also perform over 500 procedures, allowing them to get ESIR designation and be able to apply to one-year Independent IR Residency positions. Our ESIR resident and Integrated IR resident have nearly identical schedules in their PGY-5 year.
Independent Interventional Radiology Residency
Independent IR Residency is a two-year program in PGY-6 (for one-year applicants who have completed ESIR) or PGY-6 and PGY-7 (for two-year applicants) allowing a diagnostic radiology resident who has successfully completed DR residency to further train in interventional radiology at our institution. This will replace the previous IR fellowship, allowing residents who became interested in IR later or who did not match into the Integrated Program to complete the requisite training and sit for the IR/DR exam to become eligible for the dual IR/DR certificate. Trainees who successfully complete the Independent IR residency and pass the boards will be identical in certification to those who complete the Integrated IR residency. Resident will have all of their 12-24 months dedicated to clinical IR training, including core IR rotations, ICU rotations, Vein Institute rotations, neurointerventional rotations, electives, and dedicated research time.
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WHAT WE DO
The Division of Interventional Radiology at Rochester General Hospital is a busy practice performing the full spectrum of IR. We are comprised of five fellowship-trained interventional radiologists, three of whom are covering IR services each day. In addition, we are supported by an amazing staff including three physician assistants, IR technologists, dedicated ultrasound technologists, nurses, and administrative staff.
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CT and Ultrasound-guided procedures
How to Apply
- 3 letters of reference
- Dean’s Letter
- Personal Statement
There are no minimum requirements; each application is considered independently and in its entirety. MD/DO/MBBS/ECFMG candidates are all encouraged to apply.
INDEPENDENT IR PROGRAM
Information for Applicants
Selected to Interview
- Tuesday, November 17, 2020
- Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Tuesday, December 8, 2020
- Wednesday, December 9, 2020
- Thursday, December 10, 2020
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021
- Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Thursday, January 21, 2021
Interview dates for Independent IR Residency for 2020:
- Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
- Thursday, January 16th, 2020
The Interview Day
7:45: Diagnostic Applicants Arrival
8:05 – 9:10: Program Director Presentations
9:15 – 12:00: Interviews
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch & Noon Conference
1:15 – 3:00: Interviews (**end time is dependent on amount of interviewees; dismissal will be no later than 3pm**)
Traveling to Rochester
We look forward to meeting you and showing you all that our program has to offer.
Benefits and Compensation
Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2020 – 2021 academic year will be:
HUDA Physics Course
Professional Liability Insurance
Term Life Insurance
Plan for Short-term Disability
Raj Pyne, MD, FSIR
Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Kevin Lightner, MD
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Associate Program Director, IR/DR Residency
Katie Galek, MSHA
Program Coordinator Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology residency programs Email: Katie.Galek@RochesterRegional.org Phone: 585-922-2932 Fax: 585-922-3518 Department of Diagnostic Imaging Rochester General Hospital 1425 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14621
When do you start to accept applications?
What is the application deadline?
How many residents do you accept per year?
When will I find out if I was accepted for an interview?
What is the difference between Integrated IR Residency, Independent IR Residency, and ESIR?
Independent IR Residency is a one-or-two-year program in PGY-6 and PGY-7 allowing a diagnostic radiology resident who has successfully completed DR residency to further train in interventional radiology. This will replace the previous IR fellowship, allowing residents who became interested in IR later or who did not match into the Integrated Program to complete the requisite training and sit for the IR/DR exam to become eligible for the dual IR/DR certificate. Trainees who successfully complete the Independent IR residency and pass the boards will be identical in certification to those who complete the Integrated IR residency. RGH is currently offering one Independent IR residency position per year through the NRMP match.
ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology) is a pathway that shortens the above Independent IR Residency to one year by completing a required amount of IR and IR-related rotations in the fourth and final DR year (think of it as a formalized mini-fellowship year). The RGH diagnostic radiology program has been approved for ESIR and has already internally selected one of our second year DR residents. If you apply and are selected for this program and successfully complete it, it shows that you have met minimum standards and requirements. Therefore, you are required to then complete only one year after separately matching into an Independent IR Residency (either at RGH or elsewhere). However, ESIR does not guarantee you a position in RGH’s or any other program’s Independent IR residency – you still must separately apply to this through the NRMP and match into a program. It is officially considered a second residency. Any DR resident in the RGH program can apply for the ESIR program during their second (PGY-3) year.
Can I apply to the IR/DR program as well as the DR program?
This year, in addition to our IR/DR position, we will also be accepting applications in our Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residency training program for 4 Advanced (A) positions. We are approved for the ESIR designation available to diagnostic residents, which will allow ESIR-accepted residents to complete a one-year Independent IR Residency instead of the traditional two-year Independent IR Residency. Both IR/DR and DR program directors fully understand this and welcome applicants who have applied or are interested in both programs.
If accepted for an interview, you will be specifically notified if the interview is for Diagnostic Radiology residency, Interventional Radiology residency, or both. Please note that to be accepted to interview for both, you need to have applied separately to both the IR and DR programs at RGH.
Do you have ESIR designation for DR residents interested in IR? Will you offer the Independent IR residency?
What are the minimum requirements to apply for the IR/DR residency?
- Dean’s Letter / Medical School
- Performance Evaluation
- Medical School Transcript
- USMLE scores
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae
- ERAS common application