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The Most IMG-Friendly Interventional Radiology Programs in the US

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by Monique Cloete in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) interventional radiology is as a US medical specialty? Do you want to know your chances of matching in this highly competitive field? Would you love to figure out what interventional radiology programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

This article will give you the most up-to-date information on IMG-friendly interventional radiology programs. Use this information to strategize on whether – and where – to apply to maximize your chances of matching as an IMG in interventional radiology.


  • Interventional radiology is among the least IMG-friendly US medical specialties.
  • Only 2 interventional radiology residency programs filled their positions with IMGs.
  • These programs also had low IMG rates: Cornell (8%) and Pennsylvania (7%).
  • See the full list of searchable residency programs to strategize where IMGs have recently been the most welcome.
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Table of Contents

What is an IMG Again?

Let’s start with some definitions.

IMG: International Medical Graduate
  • You attended a medical school outside of the United States and Canada
US- vs. Non-US IMGs

IMGs consist of two sub-groups:

  • US-IMGs: US Citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in the US but went to a Caribbean medical school (a non-US school).
  • Non-US IMGs: Non-US citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in South Korea, who does not have US citizenship or a green card, and who went to medical school in South Korea.
NRMP: “National Resident Matching Program®”
  • The organization that administers the “Match.” In the Match, the NRMP pairs residency applicants with a residency program.

Note that “International Medical Graduate” (IMG) refers to the medical school you attended. Thus, a foreign citizen who attends a US medical school is NOT an IMG. However, a US citizen attending a med school outside the US would be considered an IMG. (Technically, s/he would be a US IMG).

For more on how IMGs can attain residency in the US, see The IMG’s Guide to Obtaining Residency in the United States (2022).

Interventional Radiology is Not Very IMG-Friendly

Looking at the percentage of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see interventional radiology was not IMG-friendly. Interventional radiology was one of two specialties that had the lowest proportion of positions filled by IMGs.

Similarly, the match rate for IMGs in interventional radiology is among the lowest of all the specialties in the 2022 Match:

Here are the same data represented in a table:

% Spots Filled by IMGs% Spots Filled by US IMGs% Spots Filled by non-US IMGsTotal Positions OfferedTotal # All Applicants
Child Neurology15%4%11%188182
Diagnostic Radiology8%2%6%1,1551,568
Emergency Medicine7%6%1%2,9212,813
Family Medicine21%13%8%4,9165,055
General Surgery9%3%5%1,6222,400
Internal Medicine36%9%25%9,80911,598
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics5%2%2%392458
Interventional Radiology2%0%2%169226
Neurological Surgery8%1%7%240379
Obstetrics and Gynecology5%2%3%1,5032,044
Orthopaedic Surgery2%1%1%8751,435
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation6%2%3%532725
Plastic Surgery6%1%4%194340
Radiation Oncology11%5%7%185162
Vascular Surgery7%0%7%84143

For more on the most IMG-friendly medical specialties, see this article.

The Most IMG-Friendly Interventional Radiology Residency Programs

Interventional radiology residency programs are not very IMG-friendly. For example, only 2 interventional radiology residency programs in the most recent GME census filled a proportion of their available positions with IMGs. These programs are the New York Presbyterian Hospital Program (8%) and the University of  Pennsylvania Health System Program (7%).

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly interventional radiology programs. It includes data from the most recent National GME Census Survey. Percentages are of all residents in the program in 2020.

ACGME residency program codeResidency program nameCityState% residents IMG (US + Non-US)% residents US-citizen IMGs% residents non-US-citizen IMGs% residents US MD graduates% residents US DO graduatesProgram consider applicants with J-1 visa?Program consider applicants with H-1B visa?Program consider applicants with F-1 Visa (OPT 1st year)?# categorical positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# categorical positions filled (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions filled by (2021 NRMP Main Match)# applications submitted (2021 NRMP Main Match)% applicants interviewed (2020 NRMP Main Match)
4163500007New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY808920YesNoNo330015229.8
4164100002University of Pennsylvania Health System ProgramPhiladelphiaPA770930YesYesNo004417721.9
4160100001University of Alabama Hospital ProgramBirminghamAL0NoNoNo002210342.7
4161000001MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital ProgramWashingtonDC000928YesNoNo220018915.4
4161000002George Washington University School of Medicine ProgramWashingtonDC000110
4161100001Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville) ProgramJacksonvilleFL0YesYesYes110013617.3
4162500004Henry Ford Hospital ProgramDetroitMI0YesNoNo110011629.9
4162500005Spectrum Health/Michigan State University ProgramGrand RapidsMI0YesNoYes33000
4162600002University of Minnesota ProgramMinneapolisMN0YesYesNo220012823.9
4162600003Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) ProgramRochesterMN0YesYesYes001112023.5
4162700001University of Mississippi School of Medicine ProgramJacksonMS0YesNoNo11002265.1
4162800001Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSaint LouisMO0001000YesYesNo002213927.4
4162800002St Louis University School of Medicine ProgramSaint LouisMO0YesYesNo002244944.6
4163000001University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNE0YesNoNo00113904
4163200001Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital ProgramLebanonNH0YesNoNo00221277.9
4163300001Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ProgramNew BrunswickNJ0NoNoNo00111110
4163500002Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell ProgramNew Hyde ParkNY0YesYesNo002211740.7
4163500003NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo002215219.5
4163500004Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ProgramNew YorkNY0YesYesYes003316422.7
4163500006Rochester General Hospital ProgramRochesterNY0YesYesNo002210439.5
4163500009Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY0NoNoNo00229659.1
4163500010Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY0YesYesNo002213238.5
4163500011New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo002214525.3
4163500012Albany Medical Center ProgramAlbanyNY0YesNoNo110010924.8
4163500015Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Mather Hospital ProgramPort JeffersonNY0YesNoNo001145933.3
4163600001University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC0YesNoYes00111685.6
4163600002Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC0YesYesNo003316419.1
4163600003Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center ProgramWinston-SalemNC0YesNoNo110013924.8
4163800001Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH0007030NoNoNo002211323.5
4163800002Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH0YesNoNo001100
4163800003Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOH0YesYesYes002215616.2
4164000001Oregon Health & Science University Hospital ProgramPortlandOR0YesYesNo002215315.1
4164100001UPMC Medical Education ProgramPittsburghPA0YesYesNo002214929.6
4164100003Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center ProgramHersheyPA0YesNoNo001110822.2
4164100004Albert Einstein Healthcare Network ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0YesYesNo001114619.6
4164100005Temple University Hospital ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0001000YesYesYes002214732.3
4164100006Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0001000YesYesNo002215622.2
4164100007Geisinger Health System ProgramDanvillePA0YesNoNo002210340.3
4164300001Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital-Lifespan ProgramProvidenceRI0YesYesNo002215018.9
4164500001Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine ProgramCharlestonSC0YesNoNo002213618
4164700001Vanderbilt University Medical Center ProgramNashvilleTN0001000003316630.7
4164800001University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ProgramDallasTX000928YesNoNo003314924.1
4164800003University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ProgramHoustonTX0YesNoNo003317120.3
4164800004University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals ProgramGalvestonTX0Yes001144828
4164800005University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine ProgramSan AntonioTX0YesNoNo002249615.5
4164900002University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUT0YesNoNo00001140
4165100001University of Virginia Medical Center ProgramCharlottesvilleVA0YesYesYes220016130.9
4165100002Virginia Commonwealth University Health System ProgramRichmondVA0YesNoNo0022013.3
4165400001University of Washington School of Medicine ProgramSeattleWA0001000YesYesNo003316016.2
4165600001Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals ProgramMilwaukeeWI0YesYesNo220014023.3
4165600002University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics ProgramMadisonWI0YesNoNo001112218.6
4165600003Aurora Health Care ProgramMilwaukeeWI0YesNoNo1100018.6

Concluding Thoughts

Interventional radiology is among the least IMG-friendly of fields. Only two residency programs filled a small proportion of their available positions with IMGs. That said, for the top of the top applicants, there are still places for IMGs. However, 71% of applicants were rejected, making this a competitive specialty field.

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