Our five-year integrated Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Training Program is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in all of the radiologic subspecialties with an emphasis on interventional radiology. Residents benefit from clinical training at The Mount Sinai Hospital, which serves a diverse community and functions as a tertiary referral center for complex disease. As the broader Mount Sinai Health System has continued to grow and diversify, residents are now given the opportunity to train at other Mount Sinai locations during their last two years, increasing the depth and breadth of exposure to the now myriad interventions we provide. We maintain state-of-the-art equipment at all of our facilities, continually incorporating new and developing technologies into our practice.
Residents complete foundation rotations during the R1 year of training, gaining experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of pathology. Residents train with renowned experts across the gamut of subspecialties. Faculty supervision is present and enthusiastic at all levels of training, with in-house faculty available 24/7. A central priority during the initial three years of training is providing ample preparation for the radiology board exam, which is administered during the R3 year. As such, residents are provided with study materials, including access to Radprimer, a comprehensive online question bank, starting in the R1 year. Additionally, residents are provided with a focused physics lecture series during the R3 year, and protected time is allotted for studying as the exam approaches. Residents attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology during your third year of training, receiving a stipend for their expenses.
As residents develop and strengthen their interpretive and interventional skills over the course of residency, resident responsibilities become more complex. Our goal is to train interventional radiologists to provide patient care through safe, efficient, appropriately utilized, quality-controlled diagnostic and/or interventional radiology techniques. As such, we feel that our graduated expansion of resident autonomy develops the proficiency and confidence necessary to competently carry out the relevant diagnostic and interventional procedures. The classroom component of the curriculum includes twice-daily educational conferences and a monthly journal club.
Residents are encouraged to complete study and training for the Registered Physicians in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) certification during their R4 year. Specific goals in IR training include the ability to provide consultation, perform vascular and interventional procedures, identify and manage potential complications, provide appropriate peri-procedural care, and assist in long-term management of patients in concert with their referring physicians.
Research opportunities are provided to all residents, often leading to presentations at one or more national conferences. All residents are required to complete at least 1 scholarly activity during the course of their training. IR/DR residents will be assigned a faculty mentor to assist with project completion, including manuscript writing and statistical analysis. Over the course of the 5-year residency, residents will be provided with didactic content (via medical school researchers, internal faculty, or guest lecturers) on study design, biostatistics, and ethics in research. Statisticians are readily available in the medical school to assist residents as needed. Additionally, a newly formed Contract Research Organization (CRO) was recently established within the Department to assist faculty and residents with study design and implementation including prospective multicenter research as well as grant funding and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) applications.
During the spring of each academic year, prior to the SIR national meeting, the Division of Interventional Radiology sponsors a Resident Research Day. At this event, trainees will have the opportunity to present their own research to the entire faculty and training program. Residents also assist the attending staff in ongoing research projects to help them understand the basics of research from the initial concept through protocol design and implementation.
The department also provides a stipend for any conference at which house-staff present their research. In recent years, fellows within the IR program have attended the following national conferences and residents will have the same opportunity:
- Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)
- World Conference on Interventional Oncology (WCIO)
- International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET)
- Global Embolization Symposium and Technology (GEST)
- Conference on Interventional Oncology (CIO)
- Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA)
- Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE)
- Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA)