Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency


Gerant Rivera-Sanfeliz, MD

Clinical Professor of Radiology and Urology. Program Director, IR Residency Programs

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 MATCH. Medical students who know they want to specialize in Interventional Radiology may apply to the Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Program at UCSD.

Training Program

There are two ACGME-approved positions available in our Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Program per year. The program is five years in length and focuses in 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 new and unique  6 years IR/Clinical Scientist advanced training program (see T32 Program Overview pdf for more information).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, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Transplant, Nephrology, 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 eight full-time attending physicians and three physician extenders. There are ten interventional suites located at four hospitals: UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest, UC San Diego Medical Center-East Campus(Thornton Pavilion/Jacobs Medical Center), and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. In addition, residents rotate through the USN Medical Center-Balboa and Rady Children's Hospital. 

How to apply
Medical students who know they want to specialize in Interventional Radiology may apply to the UCSD Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Program. The IR-Integrated Program is considered an advanced program that starts at the PGY-2 level. For internship, we encourage medical students to apply to a strong internship in medicine or surgery. At UCSD and for those interested, we offer a "categorical" residency option as a Joint Advanced/IM-Prelim Program during the MATCH. Candidates need to apply and are interviewed separately for both the Advanced IR-Integrated Residency and the IM-Prelim Internship Programs at UCSD. For more information check our Application Process page.

IR Faculty - Back row: Drs. Keith Quencer, Anne Roberts, Daniel Madsen, and Gerant Rivera-Sanfeliz. Front row: Drs. Hamed Aryafar, Jeet Minocha, Isabel Newton, Elliot DeYoung, and Claire Kaufman.