Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) Integrated Residency Program
The Ohio State University Department of Radiology offers two Interventional Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) Residency positions per year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), beginning in 2017. This Residency is a five-year program to commence post-internship and is comprised of three years of predominantly diagnostic radiology with two years of interventional radiology. Applicants would ideally be in the fourth year of Medical School, but non-traditional applicants will be accepted with the understanding that Residency training would not commence until 15 months after the match. Additionally, the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program offers up to two positions in an ACGME-approved Early Specialization in Radiology (ESIR) curriculum, although these residents will have to later match in an Independent IR Residency to complete their training.
Our practice features a myriad of image-guided interventions in oncology, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, complex venous pathology and much more. The environment encourages exchange of knowledge and experience among residents and faculty in the program, as well as with residents, fellows and faculty in other major clinical specialties within the medical center.
Procedural volume in our department last year exceeded 8500 patient encounters. We anticipate our procedural volume per trainee to easily exceed 2000 cases. We have developed a robust interventional oncology practice that is integrated with oncologic subspecialties. Our practice performs a high volume of image-guided therapies that include chemoembolization, radioembolization, cryoablation and radiofrequency or microwave ablation.
The practice consists of two sites separated by approximately 100 yards. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) was opened in 2015 and is the third largest cancer hospital in the nation. The OSUCCC–James is one of only 46 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. OSUCCC–James has 3 state of the art angiography suites with one dedicated computed tomography procedure room and two interventional ultrasound suites.
The University Hospitals site serves the UH, as well as the Ross Heart Hospital and the Brain and Spine Hospital. This site has 3 Angiography suites installed in 2018, along with an older fourth suite. Additionally, an interventional computed tomography procedure room and one procedural ultrasound suite are found in University Hospital.
There is a full slate of support services, as well. Mid-level providers, nurses and Techs are exceptionally well trained. More than sufficient outpatient intake and recovery facilities are present in both the James and University Hospitals. A fully functioning clinic operates every weekday until noon supporting the clinical mission of IR.
Interventional Radiology- Independent Residency Program
The Ohio State University Department of Radiology offers up to two Independent Interventional Radiology Residency positions per year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), beginning in 2020. The number of positions is dependent on the number in fifth year Integrated Residency. There are 2 total positions filled first from the Integrated program, supplemented by the Independent Match, if needed. This residency is technically a two-year position. However, Ohio State requires completion or expected completion of an accredited ESIR curriculum, allowing the resident to skip the first year of this residency, effectively making this a one-year position.
The Independent Residency utilizes the resources described above to emphasize the refining of wire/catheter skills in an apprenticeship model. The availability of a large number of quality cases and the relatively small number of residents allow the maximum exposure to interesting and educational cases. Case logs typically show 1100 to 1400 individual patient encounters, predominately of the more educational variety.
Ohio State residents at the annual Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting learn about radiation safety and dose optimization in the interventional radiology suite.
Our Interventional Radiology residents organize regional interventional radiology events, such as the annual Central Ohio Angiography Meeting.
Highlights of Training
Our rotation schedule is designed to maximize the radiological, procedural and clinical skills of our trainees. IR/DR residents complete several non-interventional radiology clinical rotations specifically chosen to develop the clinical skills needed for a successful interventional radiology career. These rotations are sponsored by the Departments of Medicine and Surgery, and include rotations in medical oncology and surgical oncology, the medical intensive care unit and hepatology. The Vascular Surgery rotation is completed at Ohio State or with an affiliated private practice vascular surgeon and interventionist in a community-based hospital. This community-based setting provides a unique experience for our trainees, allowing for hands-on training in vascular interventional skills as a primary operator or first assist.Download sample IR/DR block schedule
If you have any questions regarding the resident perspective of the program, please contact interventional radiology resident Dr. Mina Makary, Mina.Makary@osumc.edu.
Interventional Oncology (IO)
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How to Apply
Applications for the Integrated Interventional Radiology IR/DR Residency Program and the Independent Interventional Radiology Residency are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. Please refer to ERAS or the contact person at your school to learn more about applying for residency.
ERAS is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, deans' letters, transcripts and other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency program directors. For the Integrated Residency, we do not require any additional documents beyond those required by the ERAS.
To apply for the Independent Residency, the applicant must submit a letter from their Diagnostic Radiology Program Director stating that they have completed or are expected to complete an accredited ESIR curriculum within their Residency. The Department of Radiology participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
- Completion and submission of the ERAS common application form
- Dean's letter
- An official copy of your medical school transcript
- USMLE or COMLEX test scores
- Personal statement
- Three additional letters of recommendation from physicians who are acquainted with your work or capabilities.
- A personal interview on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio
To be eligible for appointment to the IR Independent program, residents must have successfully completed an accredited Diagnostic Radiology program, with ESIR designation. Applicants will need to email a verification letter from their Diagnostic Radiology Program Director attesting enrollment in this program and expected completion graduation date the Education Program Manager, Samantha Schnitzer at the time of application. This must be received prior to extending an offer to interview.
Please note, all applicants must be a U.S. citizen and must be able to obtain a medical license in the State of Ohio prior to starting the fellowship.
Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Leadership
James Spain, MD
IR Residency, Program Director
Interventional Radiology Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Radiology
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Mark King, MD
IR Residency- Integrated, Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Radiology
Chief, Thoracic Imaging
Director, Thoracic Imaging Fellowship
Diagnostic Radiology Program Director
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Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology Residents
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Mina Makary, MD Chief Resident
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Resident Year 1
Andrew McNair, MD
MD: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
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Ashley Sweeney, MD
MD: University of Missouri- Colombia School of Medicine
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