Episode 135

IR Residency Pathways & Getting In! (Part 1)

with Dr. Jeff Bodner and Dr. Bill Majdalany

BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, June 22). Ep. 135 – IR Residency Pathways & Getting In! (Part 1) [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com/podcasts

We talk with IR Resident Dr. Jeff Bodner and Emory IR Program Director Dr. Bill Majdalany about the current IR training pathways and what it takes to get in these days!

Podcast Participants

Dr. Jeff Bodner

Dr. Jeff Bodner is an integrated interventional radiology resident in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Bill Majdalany

Dr. Bill Majdalany is an associate professor and interventional radiology program director at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Christopher Beck

Host Dr. Chris Beck is a practicing interventional radiologist with Regional Radiology Group in New Orleans.

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Show Notes

In this episode, interventional radiology (IR) program director Dr. Bill Majdalany, integrated IR resident Dr. Jeff Bodner, and our host Dr. Chris Beck continue the BackTable Trainee Series by discussing the IR residency application and interview process: different pathways to enter IR, applications that stand out, and interview day tips.

As a recent residency applicant, Dr. Bodner walks us through his journey through medical school, applications, and interviews. For students interested in pursuing IR, he recommends demonstrating interest in the field by participating in medical student committees, conferences, and volunteer opportunities. He also advises fourth-year students to apply broadly to both integrated interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology programs, emphasizing that there are multiple pathways to IR.

Dr. Majdalany elaborates on these pathways, describing the differences between the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR), the independent IR residency, and the integrated IR residency. He highlights key actions that applicants can take, which include performing well in all clerkships, taking advantage of research opportunities, and composing a personal statement that ties the whole application together.

We conclude the episode by offering advice for interview days. Overall, the best practices are to maintain professionalism and come prepared with knowledge about each program.


Society of Interventional Radiologists (SIR) Online Education Resources- https://www.sirweb.org/learning-center/rfs-landing-page/medical-student-and-resident-educational-resources/

SIR Residents, Fellows, and Students (SIR RFS)- http://rfs.sirweb.org/

Emory University IR Residency- https://med.emory.edu/departments/radiology/education/interventional-radiology-residency/index.html

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