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Diagnostic Radiology Residency Applicants Frequently Asked Questions

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic – there will be several changes to the application process in the 2020-2021 academic year and this page will be updated as these changes occur accordingly.

How do I apply to residency program at BWH?

You must apply through ERAS

What is application deadline?

ERAS applications will become available to all programs on October 21, 2020. Given the delay, we recommend that you ensure all of your data is submitted as early as possible to allow for expedited review.

When will invitations to interview be sent out?

We expect interview offer letters to be emailed out in early-to-mid November.

How many days does the BWH program interview?

To be determined

How will BWH conduct interviews in the 2020-2021 application cycle?

In accordance with local and national recommendations in light of the pandemic, BWH will conduct all interviews virtually. You will still have the opportunity to learn about Boston, the Brigham, our residency program and meet and get to know our current residents and interview with our residency leadership and other faculty.

Do you offer an Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) Pathway?

Yes, our program has been approved and offers ESIR.

The ESIR pathway provides qualified residents the opportunity for extensive interventional radiology (IR) experience within the residency program, including a focused fourth-year curriculum dedicated to IR and IR-related rotations. Residents who train in the ESIR pathway may be eligible to start in an advanced position within an independent IR residency program after satisfactory completion of the DR Program. Instead of doing a two-year independent IR residency after a DR residency, the ESIR graduate will be able to apply for advanced standing and complete a one year independent IR residency program instead.

What is USMLE cutoff score?

There is no USMLE cutoff score; the screening committee reviews each application and considers the USMLE score in the context of the entire application.

How many letters of recommendation do you require?

3 letters.

Do you require clinical experience prior to radiology residency?

Radiology residency requires one ACGME-accredited clinical training year (internship) prior to starting radiology residency. Most of our residents complete internships in medicine, surgery, or transitional year programs.

Do you offer a Transitional year as part of your program?


Do you have a cutoff for year of medical school graduation?


Do you accept international medical graduates into your program?

Yes, if screening criteria are met.

Does your program sponsor any Visas?

If an applicant is ECFMG certified and has completed and passed USMLE Step 1, 2, 3, the program will support the H1B visa. An ECFMG J1 visa is also supported.

How many applicants do you interview?

Approximately 85.

How long is the interview day?

The details of the 2020-2021 virtual interview day will be released in the interview offer letters. We expect interview days to last approximately half a day.

How many interviews will I have?

You will have approximately 5 interviews (exact details to be determined based on needed changes for virtual interviews).

Who can I contact for more information?

Sandra Palma –

Will there be an interview dinner?

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we will not be able to offer pre-interview dinners. We will ensure you have the opportunity to meet and get to know our current residents in an informal virtual environment as part of your virtual interview.


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