Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship

The Department of Radiology at the University of California San Diego offers a one-year clinical fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Clinical training and practical experience in the field of vascular imaging and intervention prepares fellows to perform and function independently as interventional radiologists upon graduation.

The fellowship provides training in routine and complex vascular and non-vascular interventions using state-of-the-art equipment. In addition to clinical responsibilities, our fellows teach residents and medical students, present at conferences, and participate in research.

At UCSD, o\ur physicians are dedicated to teaching, clinical excellence and research. We house a variety of leading-edge technologies, including DynaCT, and the Insightec Exablate MR-guided focused ultrasound unit to treat fibroids.
UC San Diego Health is San Diego's only academic health system and includes the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and UC San Diego Medical Center Thornton, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and Jacobs Medical Center (opening in 2016) in La Jolla. The system provides tertiary health care and medical services in a large number of specialties, including a Level I Trauma Center, Transplant Center, Cancer Center, and Cardiovascular Center.

How to Apply
Please submit your application through ERAS by December 31 of your junior year. Make sure you include the following in your application:
Personal Statement. Please tell us your career goals and personal interests.
Three Letters of Recommendation (at least two from interventional radiologists)
Curriculum Vitae
USMLE Scores

This fellowship participates in the NRMP. Deadlines are concordant with NRMP Deadlines.

Please direct application questions to:
Olivia Hernandez, UCSD IR Fellowship Executive Assistant

Gerant Rivera-Sanfeliz, M.D.
Program Director, VIR Fellowship
Clinical Professor


How many fellowship positions do you have per year?
We accept three fellows per academic year.

What are the requirements to apply for a fellowship position at UCSD?
Fellow candidates must have completed or be in the process of completing an accredited Diagnostic Radiology residency and be ABR eligible/certified, unless participating in a DIRECT pathway program.

Would you accept a fellow with H-1B Visa?
No. H-1B visas are not available to trainees at our institution.

Do you accept military-funded fellows?
We welcome military-funded applicants. In fact, we have graduated over 6 military-funded fellows over the last 10 years from all branches of the US military.

Do other people perform interventions at UCSD?
Bone biopsies and breast biopsies are done by MSK and Mammography Divisions, respectively. Our Vascular and Interventional Radiology Division performs the rest.

How about Neurointerventions?
At UCSD, neurointerventions are performed by the Department of Neurosurgey. Our fellows are exposed to Vascular and Neurointerventions while rotating through the US Navy Medical Center in Balboa.

Who interprets vascular studies, specifically CTA’s and MRA’s?
Our Division.

How much vacation time do fellows have during their year of training?
Fellows receive four weeks, 20 working days, of paid vacation per year.

What is your Maternity/Paternity Leave Policy?
Fellows are allowed 4 weeks maternity leave and 2 weeks paternity leave, in addition to vacation time.

What medical insurance and malpractice insurance coverage do you offer?
UCSD offers an excellent health benefits package to fellows. Professional liability insurance is supplied by UCSD Medical Center. Fellows are allowed to use all UCSD campus facilities as they are considered graduate students. For more information see

Do fellows get jobs?
Yes, on an average by midterm of their fellowship year.

Interview Day

Interviews are held in accordance to the NRMP schedule and usually occur between March and May.
You will receive an interview schedule in advance via email. In general, interviews start at 8 am and conclude late afternoon. Since interviews are held at various locations, you will need to commute between our hospitals located at UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest, UCSD Medical Center Thornton, and San Diego VA Healthcare System.
On interview day you will visit our three main training sites and will have ample opportunity to meet with faculty and fellows. You will have lunch with a designated fellow according to your individualized schedule. Don’t forget to allow enough time to enjoy our beautiful city and beaches!