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The Most DO-Friendly Interventional Radiology Programs in the US

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by Mohamed Ahmed in Residency

Are you wondering how DO-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 a DO would stand the best chance?

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


  • Interventional radiology is a competitive US medical specialty.
  • Few residency programs accept some DOs, while none are DO favored.
  • In 2022, the total number of DOs Applicants was 34. Of those, 20 matched, for a 59% match rate.
  • See the full list of searchable residency programs to strategize where DOs have recently been the most welcome
  • Be sure to bookmark this page – and sign up for the newsletter – to keep up with the latest residency and USMLE trends and maximize your chances of matching

Table of Contents

What’s the Difference Between a DO and an MD?

Let’s start with some definitions.

DO: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Licensed physicians trained in “whole body” wellness and treatment techniques in muscle and joint manipulation in addition to mainstream treatments.
Allopathy Vs. Osteopathy

In the US, there are two main branches of registered physician:

  • Allopathy: In this path, doctors train in modern, sometimes referred to as “Western”, medicine to treat symptoms and diseases. Doctors who train in this branch are licensed as Doctors of Medicine (MD)
  • Osteopathy: These doctors have the same education and licensing exams as MDs but have additional training in muscle and joint manipulation. Doctors who train in Osteopathy are licensed as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and have the same residency training and choices as MDs.

To begin practicing medicine, DOs and MDs must take specific licensing exams:

  • COMLEX-USA: This test assesses osteopathic medical knowledge in addition to allopathic medical knowledge in order to become licensed as a DO in the USA.
  • USMLE: This test assesses allopathic medical knowledge and is required to become licensed as an MD.
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 prior to the 2020 Match, DOs had access to a “pool” of residencies reserved for which only they could match. The current system has merged DO and MD residencies so that every applicant has the same “chance” for matching in their chosen specialty.

For more on how to maximize your match chances and how the “Merge” has changed residency applications, see THE MATCH: Everything You Need to Maximize Your Residency Chances

Interventional Radiology is Moderately DO-Friendly

Looking at the % of spots filled by DOs in the 2022 Match, we can see interventional radiology was moderately DO-friendly, with 12% of positions filled by DOs.

However, the match rate for DOs in interventional radiology (59%) shows the DOs still have a good chance for acceptance in interventional radiology in the 2022 Match:

Here are the same data represented in a table:

% DO Applied that Matched% DO Unmatched% Positions Filled by DOTotal Positions OfferedTotal # All ApplicantsDO Senior MatchedDO Senior UnmatchedDO Senior Total
**Radiation Oncology0%100%0%185162
**Plastic Surgery0%100%0%194340
Vascular Surgery8%92%1%8414311213
Neurological Surgery43%57%4%24037991221
Orthopaedic Surgery56%44%13%8751,43511186197
Interventional Radiology59%41%12%169226201434
General Surgery62%38%12%1,6222,400200125325
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation64%36%33%53272517699275
Obstetrics and Gynecology65%35%16%1,5032,044241130371
Diagnostic Radiology67%33%15%1,1551,56816984253
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics74%26%9%392458371350
Child Neurology89%11%9%18818217219
Internal Medicine94%6%15%9,80911,5981,503931596
Emergency Medicine95%5%25%2,9212,81373638774
Family Medicine96%4%27%4,9165,0551,345621407

For more on the most competitive DO medical specialties, see this article.

The Most DO-Friendly Interventional Radiology Residency Programs

Even though most interventional radiology residency programs filled most of their available positions with MDs, some programs still accept % of DOs. For example, in the most recent GME census, Ohio State University filled (33%) of its available positions with DOs. Two other residency programs also filled some of their spots with DOs: Georgetown University (8%), and University of Texas Southwestern (8%).

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

Specialty: Interventional Radiology - Integrated
ACGME residency program codeResidency program nameCityState% residents US DO graduates% residents US MD graduatesOsteopathic Recognition# applications submitted (2021 NRMP Main Match)% applicants interviewed (2020 NRMP Main Match)# 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)
4163800001Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH3070No11323.50022
4161000001MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital ProgramWashingtonDC892No18915.42200
4164800001University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ProgramDallasTX892No14924.10033
4162800001Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSaint LouisMO0100No13927.40022
4163500007New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY092No15229.83300
4164100002University of Pennsylvania Health System ProgramPhiladelphiaPA093No17721.90044
4164100005Temple University Hospital ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0100No14732.30022
4164100006Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0100No15622.20022
4164700001Vanderbilt University Medical Center ProgramNashvilleTN0100No16630.70033
4165400001University of Washington School of Medicine ProgramSeattleWA0100No16016.20033
4160100001University of Alabama Hospital ProgramBirminghamALNo10342.70022
4161000002George Washington University School of Medicine ProgramWashingtonDCNo00011
4161100001Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville) ProgramJacksonvilleFLNo13617.31100
4162500004Henry Ford Hospital ProgramDetroitMINo11629.91100
4162500005Spectrum Health/Michigan State University ProgramGrand RapidsMINo03300
4162600002University of Minnesota ProgramMinneapolisMNNo12823.92200
4162600003Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) ProgramRochesterMNNo12023.50011
4162700001University of Mississippi School of Medicine ProgramJacksonMSNo2265.11100
4162800002St Louis University School of Medicine ProgramSaint LouisMONo44944.60022
4163000001University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNENo39040011
4163200001Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital ProgramLebanonNHNo1277.90022
4163300001Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ProgramNew BrunswickNJNo11100011
4163500002Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell ProgramNew Hyde ParkNYNo11740.70022
4163500003NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNYNo15219.50022
4163500004Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ProgramNew YorkNYNo16422.70033
4163500006Rochester General Hospital ProgramRochesterNYNo10439.50022
4163500009Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNYNo9659.10022
4163500010Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNYNo13238.50022
4163500011New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNYNo14525.30022
4163500012Albany Medical Center ProgramAlbanyNYNo10924.81100
4163500015Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Mather Hospital ProgramPort JeffersonNYNo45933.30011
4163600001University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNCNo1685.60011
4163600002Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNCNo16419.10033
4163600003Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center ProgramWinston-SalemNCNo13924.81100
4163800002Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOHNo000011
4163800003Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOHNo15616.20022
4164000001Oregon Health & Science University Hospital ProgramPortlandORNo15315.10022
4164100001UPMC Medical Education ProgramPittsburghPANo14929.60022
4164100003Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center ProgramHersheyPANo10822.20011
4164100004Albert Einstein Healthcare Network ProgramPhiladelphiaPANo14619.60011
4164100007Geisinger Health System ProgramDanvillePANo10340.30022
4164300001Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital-Lifespan ProgramProvidenceRINo15018.90022
4164500001Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine ProgramCharlestonSCNo136180022
4164800003University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ProgramHoustonTXNo17120.30033
4164800004University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals ProgramGalvestonTXNo448280011
4164800005University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine ProgramSan AntonioTXNo49615.50022
4164900002University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUTNo11400000
4165100001University of Virginia Medical Center ProgramCharlottesvilleVANo16130.92200
4165100002Virginia Commonwealth University Health System ProgramRichmondVANo013.30022
4165600001Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals ProgramMilwaukeeWINo14023.32200
4165600002University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics ProgramMadisonWINo12218.60011
4165600003Aurora Health Care ProgramMilwaukeeWINo018.61100

Concluding Thoughts

Interventional radiology is a competitive specialty for DOs. Although most interventional radiology programs filled their spots with MDs, some programs still had spots filled with DOs (Ohio State University, Georgetown University, and University of Texas Southwestern). Thus, intervention radiology is a highly competitive specialty for DOs.

Are you despairing at your chances of matching into interventional radiology as a DO? Then, check out Never Forget, where you can learn how to master – not memorize – for the impressive USMLE scores to match at your dream residency. And if you’re looking for a residency advisor, look at our residency advisory services.

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