Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

On April 28, 2016 UMKC was approved for the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) program by the ACGME. The purpose of ESIR is to provide an alternative path for Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residents who identify an early desire to enter into Interventional Radiology (IR). ESIR is a modification of the curriculum in a DR residency. The establishment of a uniform ESIR curriculum at participating DR residency programs ensures that these residents obtain adequate IR training. ESIR training requires residents to rotate in 12 IR or IR-related rotations (including an ICU rotation) during PGY2-5 with documentation of 500 IR or IR-related procedures. DR residents that complete the prescribed ESIR training and satisfy the IR procedural requirements will be eligible to receive credit for the first year of the Independent IR Residency and enter directly into the second year the Independent IR Residency program, thus still being able to complete training within 6 years. These residents will enter via the NRMP independent residency Match.

Applicants interested in the UMKC ESIR program will be current residents in the UMKC DR program. Typically they will have completed 1 month of ICU training and 3 months of dedicated IR training in the PGY1-PGY4 years; however, more than 3 months of IR or IR-related rotations during PGY1-PGY4 will be allowed at the discretion of the Diagnostic Radiology program director.

Application for entry into the ESIR program at UMKC will be made in January of the applicants PGY3 year. The IR program director will review the compiled application materials and interviews will be granted by invitation after preliminary selection. The applicants will be assessed with regard to their skill set they have demonstrated in interventional radiology along with academic excellence, leadership skills, research experience and character, regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, handicap, sex or age as required by law. The selection committee will then generate a ranked list of the candidates by late January and offer the positions accordingly. One to two positions will be available per year.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ben Aziz, PGY4
University of Missouri Kansas City
Saint Luke’s Hospital
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111