Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency
Jonathan Susman, MD
The Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency is a five-year training program beginning at the PGY-2 level and culminating in board eligibility in both diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology. Residents receive balanced training in each of the subspecialty disciplines of diagnostic radiology and robust procedural and clinical training in interventional radiology. Two residency slots are available each year, with all candidates selected via the NRMP.
The program cultivates an educational environment which fosters close relationships between faculty and residents and encourages extensive interactions with other clinical departments. The development of these relationships is fostered by the resident's gradual assumption of greater responsibility as he or she progresses through the five-year sequence of rotation assignments, beginning with initial obligatory preceptorships and advancing to more independent activity with discriminatory consultation. This process aids in the synthesis and correlation of the diagnostic radiologic sciences, interventional radiologic procedures and patient management, and clinical medicine—with a constant focus on patient care.
The faculty actively encourage and provide opportunities for basic imaging and translational research, clinical research, and outcomes research.
The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency adheres to the ACGME program requirements for interventional radiology.
The extensive educational and health care facilities of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and ColumbiaDoctors/NewYork-Presbyterian Imaging outpatient office at 51st Street, provide the resources for our wide variety of training programs in radiology. Each facility has a full-service, state-of-the-art radiology department featuring advanced interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT, and MRI facilities. Residents have access to a broad spectrum of diseases and a diverse patient population.
Residents rotate through abdominal imaging (CT, MRI, ultrasound), breast imaging, cardiovascular, chest, emergency radiology, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, neurointerventional radiology, nuclear/molecular imaging, pediatrics, and the PGY2-4 core interventional radiology rotations. Residents are exposed to the full curriculum prior to taking the ABR Core Examination for diagnostic radiology board certification.
The PGY5-6 advanced interventional radiology rotations are organized around competency-based goals and objectives and foster each resident’s progression through graded responsibility to eventual autonomy. PGY5-6 residents rotate through the clinical services including the ICU, oncology, transplant surgery, vascular ultrasound, MR angiography, inpatient, outpatient, and office based interventional radiology. We enjoy a favorable faculty-resident ratio, ensuring ample availability of faculty members for resident teaching and supervision.
As residents gain knowledge and experience and develop decision-making and diagnostic skills, they are permitted to assume greater responsibility in a gradual fashion, commensurate with their ability and confidence. It must be emphasized, however, that the ultimate responsibility for performing, interpreting, and reporting the official findings or outcome of every diagnostic study or interventional procedure always remains with the supervising faculty member.
Daily clinical training is complemented with an extensive array of conferences. During the PGY 2-4 years, residents participate in the DR lecture series at 7:45 am and 12:30 pm daily. These lectures cover the entire complement of diagnostic radiology. Interventional radiology conferences for PGY 5-6 residents are held on Monday and Friday mornings at 7:00 am and include didactic lectures, journal club presentations, case conferences, and M&M conferences. The Monday conferences take advantage of the faculty from Columbia University, Cornell University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All residents attend interdisciplinary (extra-departmental) conferences, which help to ensure a continuously diverse experience, encourage reading on a wide variety of topics, and provide a rich environment for integration of knowledge and greater insight into disease management. The experience also helps the residents to understand and model the role of the interventional radiologist and diagnostic radiologist as expert consultants to other physicians and key members of multidisciplinary care teams.
All residents attend the AIRP, the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (formerly known as the AFIP).
November 20, 2020
Residents enter the program following successful completion of an accredited one-year clinical internship. Completion of a general surgery PGY-1 internship year is preferred but not mandated; acceptable alternatives include a transitional year or an internship in internal medicine.
How to Apply
The Interventional Radiology Integrated Residency uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for applications. Our program is listed under NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia campus).
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We highly recommend that applications be submitted before October 31st, because invitations to interview are sent prior to that date. Interviews will be offered after October only if there are cancellations.
Candidates granted an interview will be notified by email. Interviews are conducted from November to January following receipt of the residency applications. We understand the busy nature of the interview season and every effort will be made to accommodate the applicant's schedule. Travel costs are covered by the applicant.
All interviewees are invited to enjoy a social dinner outing with our current residents, where they can relax and learn more about the program in an informal setting. Residents are also available to answer questions throughout the interview day and by email after the interview day is over.