Diagnostic Radiology Residency Applicants Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is application deadline?

A. We begin downloading and screening applications from ERAS in mid-September, and then review Dean's letter of those candidates who passed initial screening in October. Offer letters are emailed in mid/late October. We recommend that all candidate data is submitted as early as possible to ensure inclusion in screening.

Q. When will invitations to interview be sent out?

A. Interview offers will be sent out in late October/early November.

Please note, a notice will be posted on this site when all offers have been sent for the 2017-2018 admissions season.  Unless that notice is posted we are still in the process of reviewing applications.  Early or late receipt of an interview offer does not IN ANY WAY reflect the program’s level of interest in a candidate.

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

A. Yes, our program has been approved an 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.

Q. What is USMLE cutoff score?

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

Q. Do you require clinical experience prior to radiology residency?

A. 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.

Q. Does your program sponsor any Visas?

A. 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.

Q. How long is the interview day?

A. Morning and afternoon interview sessions will be offered each day. Exact timing of the day can be determined once a candidate has selected an interview date.

Q. How many interviews will I have?

A. You will have 5 interviews.

Q. Will there be an interview dinner?

A. Yes. Dinner location and times will be released in the interview offer letters. Dinners are typically offered the nights before and after the interview.


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