Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic, in partnership with MetroHealth Medical Center, offers an Interventional Radiology Residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since September, 2017. Graduates of the program receive dual certification in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology upon successful completion of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) certifying exam.

We offer two distinct pathways to IR certification:

The Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency is a five-year training program beginning at the PGY-2 level. Residents will enter the program following the completion of an accredited one-year clinical internship. Although not required, we strongly encourage candidates to complete a surgical internship. The first three years of the program are concentrated in diagnostic radiology, with the final two years focused in interventional radiology.

The Interventional Radiology-Independent Residency consists of one or two years of training after having completed a Diagnostic Radiology Residency program. Two years of training are required for traditional radiology residency graduates. One year of training is required for those that have graduated from a program that had an Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) pathway.

Integrated Residency

Integrated Residency

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and do not accept applicants outside of the match. Completed applications must be received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Application Requirements and Process:

  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter
  • USMLE scores: Step I transcript, COMLEX only will not suffice
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photo

Submission Dates

  • Applications can be submitted through ERAS starting September 15th.
  • The application deadline is October 31, 2018. Applications submitted or completed after this date will not be considered.
  • See the Diagnostic Radiology Residency pages at Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center for further details.

Additional Information

  • An ACGME-accredited preliminary year must be completed prior to radiology training.
  • Cleveland Clinic sponsors J-1 and H-1B visas; please contact Janice Bianco at biancoj@ccf.org with any visa-related questions.
  • There is no cut-off date for graduation from medical school.

Other Resources

Interviews
Interviews will take place from October through December.

After review of the applications, candidates will be sent formal invitations via the email address supplied through ERAS. Members of the interview committee include faculty from both Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center, program directors of Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology, and residents.

To be considered for admission into the residency program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A medical degree from one of the following:
    • Accredited medical school in the United States or Canada; or
    • Accredited college of osteopathic medicine in the United States; or
    • Medical school outside of the United States or Canada, along with ECGMG certification

IR-integrated residents will have the same educational experience as the diagnostic radiology residents during the first three years of training. During the last two years, residents are on IR and IR-related services only.

Curriculum

PGY-2 through PGY-4

Rotations on the following services:

  • Biopsy
  • Body Imaging (CT/MR/GI)
  • Breast Imaging
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Emergency Department
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Neuroradiology (CT/MR)
  • Nuclear Radiology / PET
  • OB Ultrasound
  • Pediatric Imaging
  • Thoracic Imaging
  • Trauma Radiology (MetroHealth Medical Center)
  • Ultrasound Imaging

PGY-5 & PGY-6

Rotations on the following services:

  • Breast Imaging
  • ICU
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Liver Transplant
  • Neuro Interventional Radiology
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Conferences

During the first three years of the program, residents will attend diagnostic radiology morning conferences, Monday-Friday, 7:30 -9:00 AM. Residents are also offered an on-site board review during the third year from March through June.

Time

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30 a.m. Abdominal Imaging Variable Breast Imaging Neuroradiology Interventional Radiology
8:15 a.m. Nuclear Radiology Thoracic Imaging (Cardiac Imaging every 3rd week) Pediatric Radiology Physics Musculoskeletal Radiology

In the last two years of the program, residents will attend the following conferences:

  • Introduction to inventory & Advanced Workstations
  • Quality & Safety
  • Liver Cancer
  • Dialysis Intervention
  • Gynecologic Interventions
  • Portal Hypertension & Transplant
  • GI & Biliary Interventions
  • Urinary Interventions
  • Emergency IR
  • Palliative IR
  • PAD/AVM
  • Vascular Imaging & Aortic Interventions
  • Venous Disease/IVC filters & PE
Independent Residency

Independent Residency

How to Apply

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and do not accept applicants outside of the match. Completed applications must be received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We are not biased towards or against applicants who have completed ESIR or non-ESIR pathways. 

Application Requirements and Process:

  • Medical school transcript
  • Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter
  • USMLE scores: Step I transcript, COMLEX only will not suffice
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photo

Submission Dates

  • Applications can be submitted through ERAS starting December 1, 2018.
  • The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Applications submitted or completed after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility to Apply

To be considered for admission into the residency program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A medical degree from one of the following:
    • Accredited medical school in the United States or Canada; or
    • Accredited college of osteopathic medicine in the United States; or
    • Medical school outside of the United States or Canada, along with ECGMG certification
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program.
  • ESIR applicants must upload a letter from their Program Director verifying acceptance into the ESIR program, a 4 year block diagram, and case log report. 

Interviews

Interviews will take place from January – March, 2019.

After review of the applications, candidates will be sent formal invitations via the email address supplied through ERAS. Members of the interview committee include faculty from both Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center.

Additional Information

  • Cleveland Clinic sponsors J-1 and H-1B visas; please contact Janice Bianco at biancoj@ccf.org with any visa-related questions.
  • There is no cut-off date for graduation from medical school.

Other Resources

Faculty

Faculty

Program Leadership

gordon mclennan
Gordon McLennan, MD, FSIR

Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program
Program Director, Vascular & Interventional Fellowship Program
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., ND20
Cleveland, OH 44195

charles martin
Charles Martin III, MD

Associate Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program
Associate Program Director, Vascular & Interventional Fellowship Program
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., L10
Cleveland, OH 44195

dustin thompson
Dustin Thompson, MD

Associate Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program
Associate Program Director, Vascular & Interventional Fellowship Program
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., L10
Cleveland, OH 44195

james-scott-williams
James Scott Williams, MD

Site Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44109

joseph veniero
Joseph Veniero, MD, PhD

Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Associate Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., L10
Cleveland, OH 44195

thomas-krewson
Thomas Krewson, MD

Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Program Coordinator

Lisa Kempton, M.Ed., R.T. (R)
Education Program Administrator
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., L10
Cleveland, OH 44195
216-442-5647
kemptol@ccf.org

Michelle Butler
Program Coordinator, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44109
mbutler@metrohealth.org

Benefits & Resources

Benefits & Resources

All residents are Cleveland Clinic employees and are eligible for all employee benefits:

Salary
As a trainee, you are compensated at the level required to enter the program in which you are starting, regardless of past training experience you may have acquired. Trainees are paid via direct deposit on the 15th and last working day of the month.

Please refer to the table below for salary rates, effective April 16, 2018:

Graduate Level

Annual Rate Per Pay Rate
1 $55,818 $2,325.76
2 $57,698 $2,404.08
3 $59,563 $2,481.77
4 $61,773 $2,573.87
5 $63,955 $2,664.79
6 $66,568 $2,773.65
7 $68,772 $2,865.48
8 $70,011 $2,917.11
9 $71,355 $2,973.14

Health insurance: Comprehensive health plan that covers residents and immediate family members (spouse and eligible children)
Maternity/Paternity leave:
6 or 8 weeks paid maternity leave, 2 weeks paid paternity leave.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Confidential assessments, short-term counseling and referral services at no cost to the employee.
Employee Wellness Program: various wellness programs and on-site fitness center

Useful Benefit Links

Vacation Policy
Residents receive 15 days of vacation and 5 days of personal time off per academic year. During the first 3 years of diagnostic training, the residents also receive one week off around a major holiday.

Educational Resources
Incoming residents receive a Cleveland Clinic issued iPhone for the entire length of training. Both Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth campuses have medical libraries and simulation centers. Residents are also given access to an extensive radiology resident library, RadPrimer, e-Anatomy, and StatDx.

Residents have the unique opportunity to become appointed as Clinical Instructors at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University with documentation of 16 hours of medical student teaching.

The Cleveland Clinic Section of Medical Physics is composed of seven ABR board certified diagnostic physicists, sub-specialized in specific imaging modalities. This group provides a comprehensive physics curriculum for the Radiology Residents, including both didactic and laboratory sessions for hands-on learning. Residents are required to take an annual RAPHEX exam given by the Medical Physics section.

Academic Funding

Per academic year:

  • $3000 for oral presentations
  • Up to four days per meeting for poster, electronic, and oral presentations
  • $800 for books, electronic devices, and e-books (Integrated residents only)

Other:

  • $3000 for AIRP (Integrated residents only)
  • Personalized set of lead to include vest, kilt, and thyroid shield (Integrated residents only)
Research & Quality

Research & Quality

There are active ongoing research opportunities in all imaging sections and an abundance of research mentors to choose from. Residents are expected to participate in research and dedicated research time is provided to those with active projects. Time away and financial support for presentations at scientific meetings is available from both the GME office and our Imaging Institute, up to four days.

Residents are required to develop a Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QPIS) project during training. Adequate time is made available for protocol design and implementation, research, data analysis and writing. The residents participate in the Solutions for Value Enhancement (Solve) program under the direction the Imaging Institute Quality Officer.

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Clinical Training Sites

Clinical Training Sites

Resident training will take place at Cleveland Clinic main campus, Cleveland Clinic Florida, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Hillcrest Hospital. By rotating to various sites, residents are ensured comprehensive exposure to the full scope of interventional radiology.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

The Imaging Institute at Cleveland Clinic is one of the busiest clinical departments in the country, performing more than 2.4 million examinations every year. The IR section provides clinical services in seven all digital angiographic suites, and houses two 3T and four 1.5T  Siemens MR scanners, five 128-slice, one 64-slice, one 20-slice and one 16-slice Siemens CT scanners, fifteen Siemens Acuson and one Phillips CX50 color Doppler-equipped ultrasound units. Additionally, there is one Siemens Biograph mMR 3T PET/MR scanner in clinical use. The section operates with an integrated PACS, RIS and voice recognition program.

Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest hospital is a 500 bed busy community hospital and level 2 trauma center on the East side of Cleveland and is part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Residents rotating at Hillcrest hospital are exposed to a large number of outpatients for procedures including port implantation for chemotherapy, biliary and nephrostomy management, and a growing number of pre-radioembolization hepatic angiograms. The gastroenterology and urology services at Hillcrest hospital work closely with us and consult us frequently for management of biliary obstruction, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, percutaneous access for renal stone removal, and post-operative complications. The trauma service also provides for visceral and peripheral embolization procedures.    

Cleveland Clinic Florida

Located in Weston Florida, the Cleveland Clinic Florida Campus provides an opportunity for Interventional Radiology Residents to learn in a high volume, highly collaborative clinical environment. There are 4 dedicated IR faculty who work in 2 Siemens Biplane rooms, 2 Siemens Single plane rooms and perform CT and Ultrasound guided procedures. There are between 10-15 angio cases per day which include peripheral vascular disease, aortic endografts, carotid stents, intra-arterial cancer therapies, ablations, biopsies, as well as the full gamut of Interventional procedures. There are between 10-15 CT/US cases per day as well as all aspects of Interventional Oncology and liver and heart transplant. The mantra at Weston is that all radiology procedures with a needle are done by IR. The IR resident will be the only trainee in IR during the rotation and will have the opportunity to tailor their daily experience to augment their education based upon the case mix of the day.

There are two dedicated nurse practitioners as well as a nurse coordinator and two IR schedulers. Clinic patients are seen daily during the week. Residents will attend morning conference by video conference weekly and will present their cases via video conference during the weekly case conference. Housing and transportation are provided for the 1 or 2 month rotations that happen during the year.