Frequently Asked Questions

When do you start to accept applications?
Per the 2016 NRMP Match, we can officially start accepting applications on September 15th, 2016. Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. ET.

What is the application deadline?

Our application deadline is October 31st, 2016. As most of our interview dates are scheduled in October, November, and December, we strongly recommend that you get your application in before October 1st for the best chance to be reviewed and selected.

How many residents do you accept per year?

For the Fall 2016 match, we will currently be accepting applications from fourth year medical students for one IR/DR resident Advanced (A) position to start in the 2018-2019 academic year (after a year of internship in the 2017-2018 year). We will also be accepting applications for one applicant who is currently in or has recently completed internship for one IR/DR resident direct match Physician (R) position, who will start their IR/DR residency immediately in the coming 2017-2018 academic year.

We will also be accepting applications in our Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residency training program for 4 Advanced (A) positions and one direct match Physician (R) position – again, we hope to have the ESIR designation available for 2 diagnostic residents per year for each class, which would allow ESIR-accepted residents to complete a one year Independent IR Residency instead of the traditional two year Independent IR Residency.

For IR, the NRMP program code for the 2017-2018 academic year R position is 1509416R0
For IR, the NRMP program code for the 2018-2019 academic year is 1509416A0
For DR, the NRMP program code is 1509420A0

When will I find out if I was accepted for an interview?

We will start reviewing applications shortly after September 15th. We will send out invitations for interviews via email in the beginning of October. More interview invitations will be given out at a later date if necessary. We will have interview days in October, November, and December, as well as some possible days in January if necessary. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you get your application in before October 1st for the best chance to be reviewed and selected for an interview.

What is the schedule for the interview?
Once you schedule and confirm your interview date, you will receive a detailed itinerary from our program coordinator. You will be booked at a nearby hotel with easy access to the airport, and transportation will be provided to and from events.

The night before the formal hospital interview, we will host an informal dinner for you to get to know some of the attendings and residents better. The purpose of this dinner is for you to get a feel for the people in the program and our culture to see if you would be a good fit. We encourage honest discussion and candid questions.

The next day, you will be interviewing at Rochester General Hospital in the Department of Radiology, meeting with department faculty and current residents. You will then be our guest for lunch and you will stay for our daily noon conference before transportation takes you back to your hotel at 2pm.

Do you offer second looks after completion of the initial interview?
Yes, you may come back as a guest of the IR division after your first interview. This is not necessary, but for those who are strongly interested and would like to spend a few more hours to see our IR department in action, you are more than welcome to come back for a second look.

What type of internship is recommended for the Integrated Interventional Radiology residency? Do you include one or offer one in conjunction with the IR residency?
We strongly recommend a preliminary surgical internship as we think it will best prepare you for the field of IR, learning applicable skills and techniques as well as balancing procedures with rounding, consults, and admissions. We do not offer a surgical internship at Rochester General Hospital, but we do believe that any prelim surgical internship will prepare you well for our program.

What is the difference between Integrated IR Residency, Independent IR Residency, and ESIR?
Integrated IR Residency is the new comprehensive 5 year training residency providing a dual IR/DR certificate, providing 3 years of diagnostic training followed by 2 years of clinical IR training at the same institution. The next matched positions from medical school will be in the current NRMP Match with interviews this Fall for a PGY-2 position starting in July, 2018 (“A” position) as well a PGY-2 position starting in July, 2017 (“R” position for those who have already finished or are completing an internship). Rochester General Hospital is offering one position per year in this program with the two aforementioned positions in this match cycle.

Independent IR Residency is akin to the more traditional pathway, as it is a two year program in PGY-6 and PGY-7 similar to previous IR fellowship that a diagnostic radiology resident applies to after 4 years of training. This two year program will then train residents proficiently in IR. The Independent Residency officially starts in 2020.

ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology) is a pathway that shortens the Independent IR Residency to one year. It is a pathway for which a Diagnostic Radiology program gets certified designated spots. If your diagnostic radiology program is ESIR-approved and you are accepted into that program, it shows that you have met minimum standards and requirements. Therefore, you are required to do only one year after matching into an Independent IR Residency. We are currently in the process of applying for ESIR and hope to get 2 positions per residency class year soon.

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, 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 after completion (similar to what a previous fellowship was). There are currently 185 accredited Diagnostic Radiology residencies in the US, but only 44 accredited IR/DR residencies as of August 2016. We recognize this complex situation and understand completely if an applicant would like to apply to both – separate applications need to be submitted for each residency program and will be judged separately.

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 and one direct match Physician (R) position – again, we hope to have the ESIR designation available for 2 diagnostic residents per year for each class, which would allow ESIR-accepted residents to complete a one year Independent IR Residency instead of the traditional two year Independent IR Residency.

Do you have ESIR designation for DR residents interested in IR?
We are still in the process of applying and getting accreditation for the ESIR designation. Any resident finishing our Diagnostic Radiology residency can apply to a 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 tentatively implemented everywhere in 2020 (we are planning to add one here at Rochester General Hospital in the future), replacing the current IR fellowship.

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 in to a one year Independent IR/DR residency (instead of the traditional two year IR residency). We hope to have the ESIR designation available soon for 2 diagnostic residents per year for each DR class. Those DR residents will have to apply and be accepted for ESIR designation, likely by the end of their first DR year (PGY-2).

Will you have an Independent IR Residency in the future?
We are currently planning to apply for the Independent Interventional Radiology residency soon. The Independent IR Residency is a distinct two-year program to be tentatively implemented everywhere in 2020, replacing the current IR fellowship. Any resident finishing our Diagnostic Radiology residency can apply to a two year Independent IR residency for PGY-6 and PGY-7 to get their dual-certificate in IR/DR.

What are the minimum requirements to apply for the IR/DR residency?
An applicant for the Rochester General Hospital IR/DR residency program must have a medical degree prior to residency program start date from an accredited medical school. In addition, please include the following in your application sent through ERAS:

  • 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?
There is no minimum board score to apply. All applications are looked at in their entirety and on an individual basis.

Do you accept applications from foreign medical graduates (FMG’s)?
Yes. We will review all completed, qualified applications for interview.

How do I find out about an update on my application status?
If you have a question, please email the program coordinator Katie Galek at Katie.Galek@rochesterregional.org or call 585.922.2932.