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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology Residency Questions

What advice would you give about getting letters of recommendation in your specialty?

One or two radiology letters and a letter from surgery or medicine.

What is the value of doing audition rotations in your specialty?

Highly recommended, especially IR.

To what extent does research, publications, or presentations affect one’s ability to match in your specialty?

Helpful but not absolutely necessary.

Is a Step 2CK score needed before you will invite someone for an interview?

No.

What does the perfect applicant look like in your specialty?

Self-motivated, personable, analytical.

Does having a below average Step 1 score doom you in your specialty?

Yes.

Would you ever take someone with a Step 2CS failure?

Probably not.

Does a student need to Honor in your specialty in order to match?

No.

The students have significant elective time during their 2nd and 3rd year for career exploration.

What electives would you recommend to a student who knows they are interested in your specialty?

Diagnostic radiology and a focused IR elective if available.

What electives would you recommend to a student who is undecided but considering your specialty?

Diagnostic radiology and a focused IR elective if available.

Is there anything else I haven’t asked that you feel an applicant to your specialty ought to know?

Active involvement in local and state/national Radiology DR/IR interest groups.