Diagnostic Radiology Residency Applicants FAQs

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic–we will be conducting our interviews 100% virtually for the 2021-22 recruitment season.

  • How do I apply to residency program at BWH?
  • What is the application deadline?
    ERAS applications will become available to all programs on October 1, 2023. We recommend that you ensure that all of your data is submitted as early as possible to allow for an expedited review.
  • When will invitations to interview be sent out?
    We expect interview offer letters to be emailed out in early-to-mid November.
  • How many days does the BWH program interview?
    We will have four days of virtual interviews on Fridays 12/8, 12/15, 1/12, 1/19.
  • How will BWH conduct interviews in the 2023-2024 application cycle?
    In accordance with local and national recommendations in light of the pandemic and to provide equity among applicants, BWH will conduct all interviews virtually. You will still have the opportunity to learn about Boston, the Brigham, and our residency program, to meet and get to know our current residents, and to interview with our residency leadership and other faculty.
  • Do you offer an Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) Pathway?
    Yes, our program offers an ESIR pathway.
    The ESIR pathway provides qualified residents the opportunity for extensive interventional radiology (IR) experience within the residency program, including a focused fourth-year curriculum dedicated to IR and IR-related rotations. Residents who train in the ESIR pathway may be eligible to start in an advanced position within an independent IR residency program after satisfactory completion of the DR Program. Instead of doing a two-year independent IR residency after a DR residency, the ESIR graduate will be able to apply for advanced standing and complete a one-year independent IR residency program instead.
  • How do you evaluate applicants?
    All applications are initially blinded to photo, age, gender, race and ethnicity, and hometown, to allow for an unbiased review. Applicants are reviewed with a holistic approach to consider all facets of a person’s application.
  • Do you have a USMLE cutoff score?
    We do not have a USMLE cutoff score; the screening committee reviews each application and considers the USMLE score in the context of the entire application.
  • How many letters of recommendation do you require?
    3 letters.
  • Do you require clinical experience prior to radiology residency?
    Radiology residency requires one ACGME-accredited clinical training year (internship) prior to starting radiology residency. Most of our residents complete internships in medicine, surgery, or transitional year programs.
  • Do you offer a categorical internship year as part of your program?
  • Do you have a cutoff for year of medical school graduation?
  • Do you accept international medical graduates into your program?
    Yes, if screening criteria are met.
  • Does your program sponsor any Visas?
    If an applicant is ECFMG certified and has completed and passed the USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3 exams, the program will support the H1B visa. An ECFMG J1 visa is also supported.
  • How many applicants do you interview?
    Approximately 90.
  • How long is the interview day?
    The details of the virtual interview day will be released in the interview offer letters. We expect interview days to last approximately half a day.
  • How many interviews will I have?
    You will have approximately 5 interviews with both attendings and residents.
  • Will there be an interview dinner?
    Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we are not able to offer pre-interview dinners. We will ensure you have the opportunity to meet and get to know our current residents in an informal virtual environment as part of your virtual interview.
  • I will be near the Brigham campus during interview season – can I schedule a visit?
    Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we are not able to offer in-person visits.
  • Who can I contact for more information?
    Sandra Palma at spalma2@bwh.harvard.edu
  • Where can I get more information about the integrated interventional radiology residency?