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Mailing Address:

MSC10 5530
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Address:
UNM Hospital

Ms. Hollie Medina, BA
Medical Education Program Specialist
Phone: 505-272-0932
Fax: 505-272-5821

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology Training Available at UNM Hospital

We have been approved for an Independent Interventional Radiology Residency program by the ACGME.  In addition, we have been approved for one ESIR position per year in our Advanced residency program. 

The University of New Mexico Radiology Department provides robust Interventional Radiology experience to its Diagnostic Radiology residents and Interventional Radiology fellows, with the most advanced interventional therapies in the state. Our Interventional Radiology (IR) services support our NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center (the highest designation achievable) and Level I Trauma service (at the only Level I Trauma Center in New Mexico).

The UNM Radiology Department maintains a busy Interventional Radiology service, providing care to both inpatients and outpatients at UNM Hospital.  Our physician staff includes 8 subspecialty-trained Interventional Radiologists, a Neurointerventional Radiologist and Neurosurgeons who perform Neurointerventional procedures, along with Nurse Practitioners who perform image-guided vascular access and consultations.  Procedures performed at our institution span the spectrum of IR, including advanced cancer therapeutics.

In addition, our hospital system has recently opened an IR service at our branch facility, the Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC), which is staffed daily by one of our IR faculty.  In any given day, typically 3-4 procedure rooms operate simultaneously at UNMH, with 1 at SRMC.  We maintain a busy on-call service at the main hospital, with emergent IR on-call coverage provided 24/7 by IR faculty and nursing/technologist staff in conjunction with a DR resident or IR fellow.

IR/DR Pathways

Interested in Interventional Radiology as a career?  Here are options available:

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has established two pathways for Interventional Radiology training: an Integrated IR Residency and an Independent IR Residency.

The Independent IR Residency is matched into near the end of Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residency and provides 2 years of IR at the end of DR training, in a separate training program.  The total duration of this pathway is typically 7 years: 1 year internship + 4 years DR + 2 years IR.

The Integrated IR Residency is matched into at the end of medical school and provides both Interventional Radiology (IR) and Diagnostic Radiology (DR) training within a combined training program.  The total duration of this pathway is 6 years: 1 year internship + 5 years IR/DR (including 3 years of DR and 2 years of IR).

UNM Plans for IR Training

We have been approved by the ACGME for a 2-year Independent IR Residency, with 2 total positions. 

In the past, our DR graduates have often chosen UNM for IR fellowships; they are also competitive for fellowships across the country.  We would expect these trends to continue for our graduates pursuing the IR Independent Residency.

Other Resources

For more information about Interventional Radiology and training pathways, please see the following web sites:

Society of Interventional Radiology information about the IR pathways:
http://www.sirweb.org/clinical/IR_DR_cert.shtml

ACGME Program Requirements for IR Residencies:
http://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/Portals/0/PFAssets/ProgramRequirements/415_interventional_radiology_09282014.pdf