Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency

Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, FSIRWelcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Integrated IR Residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). We are very proud to be one of the first Integrated IR residency programs in the country, and are excited to welcome new residents to our outstanding academic institution. Our mission is to provide every resident with comprehensive training in Interventional Radiology to prepare them for a successful career within the field. The ultimate goal of the MCW IR Residency is to train the most well rounded, most clinically competent, and most technically advanced interventional radiologists in the United States.

The division of Vascular & Interventional Radiology consists of eight diverse, experienced clinical faculty who practice at Froedtert Hospital as well as at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Our faculty’s entire clinical and research focus is on Interventional Radiology. Our residents will have the opportunity to train with physicians that have a wide range of special interests, such as interventional oncology, palliative medicine, vascular disease (peripheral interventions and Aortic), musculoskeletal interventions, and MR guided-focused ultrasound (MRgFUS). The division's faculty are world-renowned in their areas of expertise and are frequently invited to speak at national meetings. We have demonstrated national leadership within our field including chairing the SIR Scientific Annual Meeting, holding positions as SIR committee chairs, past and present councilors on the SIR Executive Council, and president of APDIR, among others. Additionally, our program has state-of-the-art facilities housed within a new surgical and interventional platform designed with our patients in mind. The new interventional platform has the latest Siemens equipment including five single plane flat panel angiography suites, three bi-plane angiography suites, two hybrid OR Zeegos, and an integrated CT-angiography suite. Our education mission is not limited to our residents as we also support an IR technologist training program, one of only a handful in the country.

The training environment includes all aspects of Interventional Radiology as well as those pertinent to running a clinical practice. This includes dedicated education on E&M and CPT coding, documentation, and perspectives from hospital administration.

We thank you for your interest in our residency program, and wish you the very best as you progress through training. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, FSIR
Program Director, Integrated IR Residency

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The first three years (PGY2-PGY4) of the Integrated IR Residency will focus primarily on Diagnostic Radiology rotations. Residents will rotate through thirteen four-week blocks per year, covering all areas of Diagnostic Radiology including chest imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, neuro-radiology, gastrointestinal/genitourinary, interventional radiology, ultrasound, body CT, body MR, breast imaging, pediatrics, VA digital imaging/VA general imaging, emergency medicine and American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) Cardiac.

The last two years (PGY5-PGY6) are devoted primarily to Interventional Radiology and include procedural rotations, an ICU rotation, a palliative care rotation, and clinical care rotations (in-patient care, consult service, and outpatient clinic). The program provides a well-rounded experience for complete clinical competence and prepares the resident for IR/DR certification. Opportunities exist for participation in a broad range of clinical and basic research activities.

  Educational Objectives

The Integrated IR Residency provides a complete clinical and academic experience, which is fully compliant with the Program Requirements for Residency Education in Interventional Radiology, as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Direct clinical training with graduated responsibility, a comprehensive didactic program, and excellent availability for participation in a wide variety of research activities provides a complete academic Integrated IR residency. The Medical College of Wisconsin is currently one of a small population of institutions that is approved to provide this residency program, which will qualify graduates to sit for the new ABR IR/DR certificate exams.

  Options for Entering the IR Residency

As of June 30, 2020, the Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship program will end and Interventional Radiology residencies will provide the full scope of training for those aspiring to be board-certified Interventional Radiologists. There are several different ways to enter an IR Residency program after medical school, and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is able to offer all three avenues to aspiring trainees. MCW has been fully accredited for the Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency program as well as the Independent Interventional Radiology Residency program. Additionally, the MCW Diagnostic Radiology Residency program has been approved for ESIR designation.

  • Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Program

Senior medical students who are certain they want to specialize in Interventional Radiology are best suited to enter the Integrated IR Residency program directly after medical school. Medical students match into this program during their fourth year of medical school, and begin with a preliminary (internship/PGY-1) year followed by five additional years of residency training. MCW offers an excellent Surgical Preliminary year program, and candidates interested in applying to the Integrated IR Residency are encouraged to apply to the Surgical Preliminary program as well.

  • Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program

Residents that complete the Diagnostic Radiology Residency and decide to specialize in Interventional Radiology can enter the Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program, which replaces the current VIR Fellowship program. DR residents match into Independent IR residency positions during their PGY-4 year, and begin their training directly following successful completion of the DR Residency program. The first match for this program at MCW will take place in March 2019. The first Independent IR residents will then begin with our program in July 2020. 

  • Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

ESIR is a training option for Diagnostic Radiology residents and medical students who develop an early interest in Interventional Radiology. ESIR training is not a separate residency program, but rather an ACGME-approved designation within DR residency programs.  Interested residents in a DR program with ESIR designation must apply for ESIR after beginning their DR residency. If, after applying, the resident is selected for ESIR, he/she is then able to go directly into the second year of the Independent IR Residency program (upon successful completion of the DR residency). The DR Residency at MCW has been approved for ESIR designation, so this option is available to current DR residents at MCW.

  How to Apply

Applications for entry into our program starting on July 1, 2019, will open September 15, 2017. Applications are only accepted via ERAS and positions are only offered through the NRMP

Interviews are offered to qualified applicants after review of the complete application, which should include the following:

  • MyERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation
  • USMLE Step I and Step II scores (scores greater than 220 for interview consideration)
  • ECFMG certification (international medical graduates only)

Q: Are Preliminary (internship) year positions available in this program?

A: No. The Integrated IR Residency is an Advanced program, which means that residents will not begin the program until the PGY2 year. The preliminary year will need to be completed through another program. However, MCW offers an excellent Surgical Preliminary year program, and candidates interested in applying to the Integrated IR Residency are encouraged to apply to the Surgical Preliminary program as well.

Q: What types of preliminary year programs would help best prepare the resident for the Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency?  

A: According to ACGME requirements for the Integrated Interventional Radiology residency, the pre-requisite year must include a minimum of 36 weeks in direct patient care (See: (link to requirements III.A.1.a).(2).(a).(i)). A strong Surgical Preliminary program would provide residents with opportunities for learning how to care for patients, admit, discharge, evaluate and manage patients, in addition to providing technical hands-on procedural experience. We feel that this type of program would provide the best clinical foundation before entering the Integrated IR Residency.

MCW offers an excellent Surgical Preliminary program, and the program has a strong interest in recruiting IR Residency applicants into their Preliminary Surgical program. Therefore, it is recommended that candidates applying for the MCW Integrated IR Residency also consider applying for the Surgical Preliminary program at MCW. However—it is not a requirement that the preliminary year be completed through an MCW program. It is important that applicants consider the strength of any preliminary program they apply to in order to ensure that they receive a strong and balanced clinical experience prior to the start of their IR residency.

Q: How many positions are available for the 2019-2020 program year?

A: 2

Q: Does the program include a dedicated research rotation?

A: No, there is not a dedicated research rotation in Interventional Radiology. However, a research elective is available and all residents are expected to participate in a dedicated research project.  Additionally, one of the faculty within the division has established a translational Interventional Oncology laboratory, and regular opportunities to become involved with research projects will be available to residents.

Q: Does the program have a night float system?

A: Yes, but residents are not on night float during year 1 of the program. Residents also will not take call during year 1.

Q: Does the program provide time off for residents to attend conferences or professional meetings?

A: Yes, the program is in full support of opportunities for residents to attend local and national conferences to further their education during their residency. Historically, fellows in the MCW VIR Fellowship program have attended and presented research projects at conferences such as the annual SIR, CIO/ISET, WCIO, and SIR Fellows Spring Practicum.

Q: Will the program consider international medical graduates with ECFMG certification?

A: Yes, appropriately qualified applicants with J-1 visa sponsorship through ECFMG will be considered.

Q: Does MCW offer a visiting student clerkship in Interventional Radiology?

A: Yes. Please visit the MCW Medical School Visiting Student page for information on how to apply.  

  VIR Division
  VIR Faculty
  Core Participating Sites
  Current Residents

Suraj Prakash, MDSuraj Prakash, MD

Start date: July 1, 2018
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University College of Engineering, Columbus, OH
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH




Kaila Redifer, MDKaila Redifer, MD

Start date: July 1, 2018
Undergraduate: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

  Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment
  Living in Milwaukee
  Resident Spouse/Significant Other Association
  Contact Us

Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, FSIR, Program Director
Amanda Stadler, Program Coordinator

Department of Radiology
Division of Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Room 2803
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
c/o Froedtert Hospital
9200 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Amanda Stadler, Program Coordinator
(414) 805-3414 | (414) 476-7503 fax