IR/DR Residency Curriculum

Standardized Curriculum over 5 years

Rotations in Weeks:

Chest – 12
Cardiac – 8
Abdominal CT – 8-12
Abdominal MRI – 8-12
Ultrasound – 12
GI-Fluoro – 8
Nuclear Medicine – 16
Musculoskeletal – 16
Mammography – 12
Pediatric Radiology – 8
Float – 8
Elective – 4
Neuroradiology – 16
Neurointerventional Radiology – 8
AIRP – 4
Interventional Radiology – 96
ICU – 4
Gastroenterology & Hepatology – 8

IR Curriculum

IR/DR residents are projected to complete over 3000 cases prior to graduation.  Participation in the vast majority of these cases (98%-99%) is as primary operator.   The program faculty strongly believe that trainees learn best by ‘doing’ rather than by ‘watching’.  The case volume and autonomy are important reasons that UC fellow graduates are able to effortlessly transition to practice and are consequently highly recruited.

It is also important to note that residents spend minimal time performing intern-level procedures such as PICC placement, thoracentesis and paracentesis.  These procedures are routinely performed by the hospital Procedure Service under the direction of the Department of Medicine.  This allows IR residents to focus their training on cases of higher complexity.

The VIR section performs all pediatric procedures that are referred from Comer Children’s Hospital.  Residents participate in treatment of complex vascular malformations, transplant complications, and trauma among others.  There are dedicated neurointerventional rotations where residents are exposed to the full gamut of neuro procedures including management of acute stroke.  Finally, residents will gain experience with endovascular treatment of peripheral vascular disease through rotations at NorthShore University Hospital.