Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) Pathway

The Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) Pathway at the University of South Alabama provides the required 12 months in interventional radiology training for two (2) residents seeking to qualify for a one-year independent interventional radiology residency program. ESIR is a residency training pathway toward board certification in interventional radiology (IR) by the American Board of Radiology which will become available in the year 2020. ESIR Pathways to ABR.png

The ESIR pathway is completed within a diagnostic radiology (DR) residency and allows residents to meet the requirements for a 1-year independent IR residency (1+4+1). Completion of an ESIR pathway plus a one-year independent IR residency makes the total post-graduate training to be the same length of training required through an integrated IR residency (1 + 5). DR residents who do not complete the ESIR pathway must complete a 2-year independent IR residency (1 + 4 + 2).

After matching into the USA Diagnostic Residency, residents can apply for the ESIR pathway early in the second year (PGY-3 year) of their DR residency. At USA, the ESIR pathway consists of 12 IR or IR-related blocks during the 4 years of a DR residency including 1 block in the STICU at the USA Medical Center. The majority of the IR-related rotations at USA are completed in the final two years of training.

Additional information in the ESIR pathway can be found at the following websites.


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Department of Radiology

2451 USA Medical Center Drive, Mastin 301, Mobile, AL 36617  
Phone 251.471.7861  •  Fax 251.471.7882

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