Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship and Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency

The vascular and interventional radiology section at Rush University Medical Center is among the largest in the Midwest area. The section is staffed by six full-time radiologists, three mid-level providers, five clinical IR fellows, 1-2 rotating diagnostic radiology residents and two post-doctoral research fellows. Our vascular and interventional radiology fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our fellows are exposed to a wide range of vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology procedures. An academic and clinically-oriented training curriculum is in place to guarantee an efficient knowledge transition from the faculties to the fellows during the one-year fellowship.

Being at an 800-beds tertiary care hospital and referral center offers a great opportunity to our fellows to perform a good amount of complex and basic procedures. One of the unique features of our fellowship program is the excellent collaboration with other specialties at Rush University Medical Center. IR fellowship provides wide range of procedures. We have excellent outcomes of peripheral arterial disease and cutting edge procedural techniques in addition to the endovascular repair of abdominal and thoracic aneurysms. The vascular experience that our fellows obtain when they finish their training is exceptional.

Our fellows participate in a wide variety of interventional oncology procedures including radioembolization, chemoembolization, cryoablation ablation, radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, and irreversible electroporation (IRE) ablation. They also evaluate all inpatient procedure requests through providing a consult service.

In addition to the vascular and oncologic procedures, our fellows perform hemodialysis interventions, trans-jugular hepatic biopsies, GI and GU interventions, various biopsies and drainages, TIPS, BRTO, venous access, vertebral augmentation, and SAFARI procedures. EVLT and sclerotherapy is performed at our outpatient clinic, we also see patients daily for initial evaluation or post-procedure follow up.

The didactic part of our training curriculum is spread throughout the weekdays. Vascular conferences, tumor board conferences, vascular access conferences, sarcoma board conferences, faculty lecture, residents lecture, quality assurance conferences, and global interventional conferences are held on a regular basis. Journal clubs are held biweekly on an off-campus restaurant, which makes a good chance for our team members to learn and socialize.

All faculties have ongoing research projects and would love to mentor any fellow, resident, or medical student who has interest. The department sponsors our fellow whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at national or international meetings. We are also involved in several multicenter randomized controlled trials. Our Fellows often present at various national and international conferences including SIR, GEST, WCIO, and RSNA.

In summary, the interventional radiology fellowship experience at Rush University Medical Center is very diverse. Each fellow performs over than 1500 procedures during the year. We expect our graduates to make a substantial contribution to the interventional radiology community. Our training program is designed to create interventional radiologists who possess superior judgment, excellent technical skills, and advanced knowledge that are required to provide superb care to a diverse patient population. Our program is busy for potential candidates willing to work hard and to gain the best experience throughout their fellowship year. We would like to welcome you to Rush; we look forward to involving you in our exciting academic and clinical program.

In 2016, ACGME approved Rush University Medical Center, Integrated IR residency program. We have four available spots. We are accepting applications in 2017 Integrated IR residency via ERAS and NRMP.

How to apply

Applications for the vascular interventional radiology fellowship should be submitted to the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Please also submit the following via ERAS:

  • Three letters of recommendation from professional sources, current mentors preferred
  • A letter of recommendation from the director of your most recent training program
  • A valid license to practice medicine in Illinois

Applicants must have completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and be board-certified or board-eligible in diagnostic radiology. Candidates with a “conditional” status in the board exam may apply.

All candidates must register with the Society of Interventional Radiology-National Residency Matching Program.

International medical graduates must have completed a residency in diagnostic radiology in their country of origin and have a valid and current radiology board certification from their country of origin. They must be eligible to obtain a license to practice medicine in Illinois and have a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification, which requires clearance of U.S. Medical Licensing Examination steps 1, 2 and 3.

If you have further questions, please email Tiffany T. Rodgers or call (312) 942-4184.