Rochester General Hospital
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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…
Raj Pyne, MD
About Interventional Radiology Residency
The Rochester General Hospital IR/DR residency is a five-year training program built from the ground up to train residents in all aspects of the increasingly clinical world of Interventional Radiology. The Integrated Interventional Residency is fully accredited program by the ACGME. The complementary Diagnostic Radiology residency at RGH has been certified and training radiology residents for decades, including sending many residents over the years to prestigious interventional radiology fellowships. Last year, we matched our first two IR residents in addition to backfilling our IR program with outstanding DR residents at the upper levels.
The field of IR has evolved greatly over the past decade. IR procedures have replaced many surgeries with incredibly complex minimally invasive solutions.
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.
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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.
Trauma embolization and stenting
GI bleed embolization
Visceral aneurysm repair
Complex aortic endoleak repair
AVM and venous malformation embolization
Peripheral arterial disease
Post-partum hemorrhage embolization
High risk pregnancy prophylactic balloon placement
Hemoptysis – bronchial artery embolization
Epistaxis – internal maxillary artery embolization
Renal artery stenting
Mesenteric artery stenting
Venous thromboembolism/Pulmonary embolism/May Thurner Syndrome
Chronic total occlusion crossing and venous reconstruction
Inferior vena cava filter placement
Standard and complex inferior vena filter retrieval
Pulmonary embolism thrombolysis and thrombus extraction
Portal vein embolization
Port placement and Hickman catheter placement
Intrathecal chemotherapy administration
Bone marrow biopsies
Paracentesis and thoracentesis
Tunneled effusion and ascites catheter
Spinal tumor ablation
Ovarian vein embolization for pelvic congestion syndrome
Post-partum hemorrhage embolization
High risk pregnancy prophylactic balloon placement
Portal vein embolization
Gastrostomy/gastrojejunostomy tube placement
Treatment of GI hemorrhage
Biliary drain placement
Cholecyostomy and gall bladder drainage
Dialysis central venous access
Renal angioplasty and stenting
Fistula/graft maintenance and thrombolysis
Prostate artery embolization
Nephrostomy placement and maintenance
Ureteral stent placement
Tract access for lithotripsy
Suprapubic catheter placement
Thoracic duct embolization
Central venous access
Difficult intravenous access including Transhepatic/Translumbar
Chest port removal
CT and Ultrasound-guided procedures
Lymphocele/cyst drainage and sclerosis
Superior hypogastric nerve block and neurolysis
Fistulous tract closure
Neurological and spinal endovascular disorders
How to Apply
Applications are accepted September 15, 2018 through October 31, 2018. Applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee generally within 1 month. Interviews are offered on a rolling basis.
All applications must be submitted through ERAS. We require a minimum of:
- 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.
Information for Applicants
Selected to Interview
- Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
- Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
- Thursday, October 18th, 2018
- Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
- Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
- Thursday, December 6th, 2018
- Tuesday, January 8th, 2018
- Wednesday, January 9th, 2018
- Thursday, January 10th, 2018
Holiday Inn Express
2200 Goodman Street
Rochester NY 14609
Preferred rate of $90.00 / night
Complimentary airport shuttle / parking available
The Interview Day
08:15: DR Residency Presentation
08:45: IR Residency Presentation
09:00: Interviews / Tour
12:00: Residency Conference / Lunch
13:00: Wrap up
13:30: Shuttle to hotel
Traveling to Rochester
We look forward to meeting you and showing you all that our program has to offer.
Benefits and Compensation
HUDA Physics Course
Professional Liability Insurance
Term Life Insurance
Plan for Short-term Disability
Raj Pyne, M.D.
Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Kevin Lightner, M.D.
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Associate Program Director, IR/DR Residency
Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology residency programs
Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Rochester General Hospital
1425 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When do you start to accept applications?
What is the application deadline?
How many residents do you accept per year?
We will also be accepting applications in our Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residency training program for 4 Advanced (A) positions – we have been officially 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.
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?
Integrated IR Residency is a five-year training residency which matches one applicant per year from medical school for 5 continuous years of training (PGY-2 through PGY-6) in RGH after internship, providing 3 years of diagnostic training followed by 2 years of clinical IR training at the same institution. Ultimately, graduating this program will culminate in the ability to sit for the dual IR/DR exam and being board-certificated to practice both interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. Last year, 380+ US-grad applicants applied for 136 positions in the Integrated residency, thus making it the most competitive medical specialty currently. RGH is currently offering one Integrated IR position per year in our program.
Independent IR Residency is a 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 current 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. The Independent Residency officially starts in July 2020, with the first applications and interviews for these positions occurring in 2019. RGH has been approved for the Independent IR residency and will offer one position per year starting in the first July 2020 Independent IR residency 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?
Absolutely. We know that some applicants will only be applying to IR/DR residency programs as that is their only goal. However, given the limited amount of IR/DR residency positions around the nation and given how competitive it is, we know that many applicants will also be applying to Diagnostic Radiology residency spots as an alternative or backup with the option of applying to an IR Independent Residency position (possibly with ESIR) after completion, akin to what a previous IR fellowship was. Residents finishing an integrated program or an Independent residency at RGH both will be ready to take the certifying/oral exam in IR and will be ready to practice IR in either academics or private practice.
This year, in addition to our IR/DR positions, we will also be accepting applications in our Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residency training program for 4 Advanced (A) positions. We have been officially 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?
Any resident finishing a Diagnostic Radiology residency, either at our institution or elsewhere, can apply to our two-year Independent IR residency for PGY-6 and PGY-7 to get their dual-certificate in IR/DR. The Independent IR Residency is a distinct two-year program to be implemented everywhere in 2020, replacing the current IR fellowship.
Additionally, ESIR is a special designation given to a Diagnostic Radiology residency to show that residents have been given enough clinical and IR training throughout their DR residencies to warrant advanced placement into a one-year Independent IR/DR residency (instead of the traditional two-year IR residency). The RGH diagnostic radiology program has been approved for ESIR. 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).
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
Is there a minimum board score to apply?
How do I find out about an update on my application status?
Do you offer IR rotations for visiting medical students?
RGH is not part of the VSLO Application Service (sometimes referred to as VSAS) currently. To apply for a visiting medical student rotation, please contact the Program Coordinator for RGH Graduate Medical Education, Khaleeyah Hudson, either at Khaleeyah.Hudson@rochesterregional.org or call 585-922-5801 for more information.