Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology

The Department of Radiology offers an ACGME approved Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) designation for our Diagnostic Radiology residents. ESIR training requires at least eight interventional radiology rotations, one ICU rotation, and up to three interventional radiology-related rotations during the R1(PGY2) – R4(PGY5) years. It also requires at least 500 interventional radiology or interventional radiology-related procedures.

ESIR candidates must still complete an independent IR residency to finish their IR training. Completion of the ESIR requirements allows advanced placement into the 2nd year of the independent IR residency, reducing the total training time to only six years. Independent residency program directors do retain the authority to determine whether ESIR training was adequate for advance placement in their program; however, requiring two year of independent residency training for a resident with ESIR will be uncommon.

The application period for entry into the ESIR program at LSUHSC-NO will be block 10 of the Radiology-2 year.