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About the Independent Interventional Radiology Residency at the University of Cincinnati

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The traditional 1-year Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship will end June 30, 2020.  For all ACGME programs, the Independent Interventional Radiology Residency program will replace the traditional VIR fellowship starting July 1, 2020.  The Independent Interventional Radiology Residency will provide two full years of Interventional Radiology training.  After successful completion, the graduate will qualify to obtain dual certification in IR/DR by the American Board of Radiology.

The University of Cincinnati Independent IR Residency accepts two residents per year.  The program accepts both Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) and non-ESIR resident applicants.  Diagnostic Radiology residents who successfully complete a certified ESIR curriculum will be eligible to matriculate into the Independent IR residency as an advance resident and complete the program in one year.  Diagnostic Radiology residents in their PGY4 year (R3) are eligible to apply. All interested applicants should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The selection process is through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match.

The majority of IR rotations are at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. See the Block Schedule below. The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is a tertiary referral center, Level 1 trauma center, an active transplant center for liver, kidney, pancreas and hearts transplants, and part of The Cincinnati Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center of Excellence, .  The Interventional Radiology section performs a wide variety of vascular and non-vascular procedures in areas of interventional oncology, portal hypertension, genital urinary interventions, transplant interventions, and dialysis interventions.  In addition, Independent IR Residency trainees rotate through Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, one of the premiere children's hospital in the nation, and gain pediatric interventional radiology experience. Independent IR Residents rotate in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) to gain valuable critical care experience. Trainees also rotate with the Vascular Surgery section for peripheral vascular disease experience.  Interested residents also have the opportunity to rotate through interventional spine, neurovascular, and transplant surgery electives. The IR experience at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center includes experience in the IR Clinic and Vein Center.  Independent IR Residents will have opportunities for clinical-based research projects during their residency.

Sample Block Schedule:

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
PGY 2 Rotations Chest Neuro UC VA Chest Peds MSK Abd MSK IR Nucs Abd Nuc
PGY3 Rotations MSK Abd TPS IR Neuro Mammo Nucs Peds US Chest Peds Abd VA
PGY4 Rotations OBVasc AIRP Peds Abd Neuro Chest MSK VA Peds Mammo IR IR Nucs
PGY-5 Rotations IR-Elective Mammo Nucs SICU Neuro MSK IR IR Ped-IR Ped-IR/Abd IR IR IR
PGY-6 Rotations IR-Elective IR IR IR IR-Elective IR IR IR VasSurg VasSurg/IR Vac IR IR

The Interventional Radiology section at University of Cincinnati Medical Center is a busy, clinical service with several outpatient clinics and an inpatient consult service. On the inpatient IR services, the IR resident is accompanied by rotating DR and ESIR residents, Advanced Practice Providers and supervised by IR faculty. The IR section is an active participant in numerous multidisciplinary conferences where the IR trainees participate. 

The IR resident participates in on-call activities, approximately one of every 4 nights and weekends. Call is assisted by a call phone and a laptop computer to provide access to Epic and PACS from home.

Procedural training offered:

  • Interventional oncology, including chemoembolization, radioembolization, and percutaneous ablation

  • Pulmonary artery interventions, including PE thrombolysis and AVM embolization

  • Arterial, venous, portomesenteric vein thrombolysis

  • TIPS and portal vein recanalization

  • Trauma interventions

More Information

Ross Ristagno, MD
Program Director

Tosha Feldkamp
Program Coordinator:

513-558-7137, FAX