For those visiting this website, you likely have a vested interested in IR.  Whether you are a medical student just being introduced to the field, or you are a fellow or young attending who will shape the field’s future, the IR residency will make a seismic impact on the way we ultimately practice IR.  The next few years will be critical as the new training paradigm is implemented. While those interested in IR may understand why the transition is necessary, not everyone is on board.  It is important we understand this “other” point of view because it will help us better understand and overcome the criticisms and weaknesses, both real and perceived, of the new residency.

In that vein, a recent issue of the journal Radiology invited Dr. Kaufman as well as Drs. Gunderman and Heitkamp to discuss the strengths and weakness of the new residency, respectively.

Dr. Kaufman’s article, “The Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology Certificate and Interventional Radiology Residency” can be found here:

Drs. Heitkamp and Gunderman’s response article titled “The Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology Certificate: Asking the Hard Questions” can be found here:

Take the time to read both articles and let us know what you think at We will post the most relevant questions and comments online, anonymously if requested.


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