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Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency

Quinn C. Meisinger, MD    Interventional Radiology Integrated and Independent Residencies Program Director and Associate Professor of Interventional Radiology

Michael Taddonio, MD
Interventional Radiology Integrated and Independent Residencies Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology


The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) now recognizes Interventional Radiology as a distinct, stand-alone medical specialty, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has established program requirements for this new specialty. Our program obtained accreditation in 2016 and we offer two positions in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) MATCH. Medical students who know they want to specialize in Interventional Radiology may apply to the Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Program at UCSD.

Training Program

There are two ACGME-approved positions available in our Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Program per year. The program is five years in length and focuses on diagnostic radiology during the first three years (see Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Residency) and interventional radiology during the final two years. We also offer a unique 6-year IR research track through the Clinician-Scientist Radiology Residency Program (CSRRP), designed to train and inspire IR physician-scientists to pursue substantive IR-related research. Graduates of the IR-Integrated Residency qualify to take the Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology examination offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

During the two year training in Interventional Radiology, the UC San Diego IR resident is exposed to the clinical framework within which interventional radiology is practiced. The development of clinical skills, understanding of procedural indications, pre-operative and post-operative patient management, and proper identification and handling of complications are integral components of the training. Vascular imaging is an integral part of the training program. There are ample opportunities to engage in research during the residency. In addition, residents can rotate in various clinical services such as ICU, Oncology, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Neurointerventional Radiology, among others. The UCSD IR Division participates in outpatient clinics, hospital admissions, and inpatient consultations as part of its clinical service. 

Faculty and Hospitals

The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at UC San Diego consists of 10 core, full-time interventional radiology faculty with 4 physician extenders. Additionally, there are 10 adjunct IR faculty within other divisions and at other sites. There are 12 interventional suites located at 4 hospitals: UC San Diego Medical Center at Hillcrest, UC San Diego Medical Center La Jolla Campus (Thornton Pavilion and Jacobs Medical Center), and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. In addition, residents rotate through Kaiser Permanente San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital. 


At a minimum, residents should have the following experience over the course of four years:
Body - 24 weeks
Chest - 12 weeks
Cardiac - 4 weeks
MSK - 8 weeks
Neuro - 12 weeks
Breast - 12 weeks
Nuclear Medicine - 16 weeks
Pediatrics - 12 weeks
Interventional - 8 weeks
Night Float - 16 weeks
VA ER - 4 weeks
AIRP - 4 weeks

Integrated IR residents (including IR/T32 residents) will frontload their Night Float months with 8 weeks in the R2 year and 8 weeks as an R3. They will also have 10 additional months of IR (which includes an ICU month) mostly in the R4 year

How to Apply

Medical students who know they want to specialize in Interventional Radiology may apply to the UCSD Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Program. The Integrated IR Program is considered an advanced program that starts at the PGY-2 level. For an internship, we encourage medical students to apply to a strong internship in Medicine or Surgery. The program has no preference on geographical location of your internship.
For more information check our Application Process page.

Please contact us with any questions about our residency and your application!

Andy Awwad, MD
Integrated Interventional Radiology Chief Resident


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