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Program Director: 
Catherine Vu, M.D.

Program Director at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento:
Farhad Farzanegan, M.D.

Integrated IR Residency

Number of Positions: 2 per year
Duration of Residency: 5 years (starting at PGY-2)
IR Rotation sites include:

  • UC Davis Interventional Radiology
  • Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Interventional Radiology
  • VA Northern California Mather Interventional Radiology

The UC Davis Interventional Radiology- Integrated residency program is designed around a comprehensive curriculum offering opportunities for experience in all aspects of diagnostic radiology as well as interventional procedures and peri-procedural care via a full service interventional radiology consultation service and clinic practice.

During the first 3 years of the program (IR1-IR3), residents rotate primarily through the various sections of the diagnostic radiology residency program, typically receiving approximately 3 months of IR experience throughout 3 years. During the IR4 and IR5 years, residents will primarily rotate through the interventional radiology services at UC Davis Medical Center, Kaiser South Sacramento and the Mather VA.

The senior (IR5) resident is expected to run the IR service, leading daily morning rounds, participating in all conferences, including those specifically related to IR and IR operations, as well as contribute to vascular surgery and surgery rounds.

The on-call resident schedules, evaluates and follows all patients requiring consultation, procedures and/or admission to the service. The remaining residents on service organizes the daily schedule and participate in scheduled procedures.  The on-call resident may also help during the day performing procedures, as well. The residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Graduates of the IR-integrated residency program are qualified to sit for the IR/DR examination offered by the American Board of Radiology to receive the IR/DR certificate, recognizing competence in both diagnostic and interventional radiology. Certificate holders may practice both diagnostic and interventional radiology.

  1. Completion of an ACGME-accredited internship (PGY-1) year in the United States or Canada.
  2. Requirements and procedures for licensing in California have changed and are substantially different than years past.  Please visit the California Medical Board Licensing Requirements page for specific details of the new requirements.  Additional information concerning licensure is available from the Division of Licensing, Medical Board of California, 2005 Evergreen Street #1200, Sacramento, Calif. 95825, telephone (916) 263-2344 or by visiting the Division of Licensing, Medical Board of California website.
  3. Requirement for acceptance of international medical graduates at UC Davis for postgraduate training

We are pleased to offer this accelerated pathway to current residents in the UC Davis diagnostic radiology residency program who have expressed interest in specializing in IR. IR and IR-related experiences are emphasized in the R4 year of diagnostic radiology. Residents completing this pathway are eligible for advanced placement into an IR-independent residency program. Application into this pathway typically occurs during the R2 year of diagnostic radiology residency.

The independent residency is offered to applicants who have graduated from an ACGME approved diagnostic radiology residency program and wish to pursue sub-specialty training in interventional radiology. This 2-year program is identical to the R4-R5 years of the IR-integrated program. Applicants who have completed the ESIR pathway during diagnostic radiology residency are eligible for advanced placement into the IR5 year.

Applications for the integrated and independent residency programs must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please see the ERAS website for more details regarding application dates. Personal interviews are granted by invitation only. Interviews are typically scheduled for December and January, after the application is complete and prior to the final selection process. For further information about the UC Davis Interventional Radiology residency programs, please contact our house staff coordinator, Seema Prasad.

Seema Prasad

Phone: 916-703-2273
Fax: 916-734-8490

UC Davis Health System
Department of Radiology
4860 Y Street Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817