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The Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) curriculum at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been approved by the ACGME, and takes the place of our previously existing IR Clinical Pathway. The purpose of this program is to develop expertise in clinical management, in addition to providing an enhanced procedural experience. Participation in this program allows the resident to receive credit for the first year of the Interventional Radiology-Independent program, thereby completing training in six years.

ESIR is not a separate residency – it is a restructuring of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Ohio State. This program is for applicants who are interested in Interventional Radiology, but will not be completing a dedicated IR residency. In the latter half of the first year of Diagnostic Radiology (DR) training, applications for the ESIR program are solicited from the R1 (PGY-2) residents.  Those who apply will be interviewed by at least two Interventional Radiology faculty members.  As many as two residents will be selected per year to participate in this program.

ESIR designated trainees rotate through several non-IR clinical rotations, to enhance the clinical development of a future IR physician. These rotations are sponsored by the OSU Departments of Medicine and Surgery (Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, MICU, and Hepatology). In addition to these clinical rotations, an ESIR trainee will complete as many as 13 Interventional Radiology and IR-related rotations, including a rotation in Pediatric IR at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and a Vascular Surgery rotation with an affiliated physician in private practice.

Applying to either the Preliminary Medicine or Preliminary Surgery internships is suggested, but not required.

If you have any further questions, please contact current resident, Dr. Mina Makary.


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