Question About IR-DR Program Grudges Against DR Applicants:
Hi, Dr. Julius!
Thank you so much for creating such an excellent resource for students who are interested in Radiology as a profession. I am interested in applying to Interventional-Diagnostic Radiology (IR-DR) as my preferred specialty this Fall. I am still confused by applying to IR-DR and Diagnostic Radiology (DR) at the same time. To give some context, I currently live in the United States, and my husband is an Orthopedics resident who will complete his training in 2023. We have a young son, and so location is very high on my considerations as it pertains to different programs. I love IR and want to pursue an integrated residency. However, since you can still get into IR-DR from DR, location is more important to me than an integrated program.
I guess my real question is that specific DR programs will hold it against you that you applied to their attached IR-DR program and will not grant you an interview. Considering that the match rate for IR-DR is only around 50-60%, I cannot risk applying only IR, but will program A’s DR program still consider me if they know that I have sent applications to residency A’s IR-DR program as well? Thank you so much for your input!
Dear Future Interventionalist,
According to my experience over the past few AUR meetings, unfortunately, some residency programs hold grudges against residents who apply to both DR and IR-DR programs. However, most don’t. For those that do, from what I gather, they will often take residents that apply to IR-DR programs if they believe that they are good anyway. So, I would not let that stop you from sending applications to both sorts of residencies simultaneously. As you have stated, IR-DR is competitive, and you are better off applying to both programs. DR programs still have a pathway to get into IR-DR. The numbers game makes it not worth your while to worry about individual programs’ grudges!
Barry Julius, MD