Interventional Radiology Residency Program

For students interested in interventional radiology, Johns Hopkins has received ACGME approval for an IR integrated residency and has implemented the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) training in Diagnostic Radiology.

The program is committed to providing residents with every possible means of training in IR/DR for those who decide to pursue interventional radiology after the first year, as well as the flexibility to select a different pathway if they discover that they prefer a diagnostic radiology subspecialty or molecular imaging.

Interventional radiology training includes exposure to a wide breadth and high volume of life-saving interventional vascular and oncologic procedures, as well as cutting-edge interventional treatments performed only at select highly experienced medical centers.

Residents learn how to image complicated vascular pathology using state-of-the-art scanners and protocols, critical to guiding interventional management. Johns Hopkins residents typically interpret more than 500 CT and MR angiography examinations by the end of their four years in diagnostic training and will perform at least 1,000 procedures over the course of the 2 year IR residency.

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Clinical Training

The Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology (IR/DR) Residency Program is one of the largest training programs in both scope and numbers of procedures. Johns Hopkins has a large volume of dedicated inpatient IR admissions, a large IR clinic volume of 150–200 patients each month who are seen in a surgical outpatient clinic and a busy consultative service managed by an IR fellow.

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History of Teaching Excellence

A leader in interventional radiology, Johns Hopkins’ history with formal interventional radiology education through postgraduate fellowship training is one of the oldest in the United States. The first IR fellowship class was in 1969 and, for many years, was structured as a two-year training program centered on the “clinical model,” with IR functioning as a clinical service, not just performing complex procedures. Due to ongoing changes in the health care landscape and job market forces, the IR fellowship transitioned to a one-year program in 2001, which is its current duration.

However, the need for longer and more structured, focused training in IR was recognized by the greater IR community. This eventually materialized with the American Board of Medical Specialties’ formal vote in 2012 to recognize IR as a primary specialty, and one that requires its own dedicated IR residency. The ACGME completed an IR residency training curriculum in 2014, detailing a six-year integrated IR training pathway/residency and terminating the IR fellowship in 2020. The legacy of commitment to IR training evolution will culminate in a new IR residency at Johns Hopkins in 2020.

Brian Holly is the director of the (IR/DR) Residency program. Maintaining the residency educational mission is a priority for Dr. Holly and the other IR faculty members dedicated to residency training. Six talented certified physician assistants who work alongside the IR fellows as colleagues and partners, serve to teach the fellows the optimal physician extension model.

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