About the Fellowship/IR Independent Residency Program

Mission of Fellowship

The mission of the MCVI fellowship/IR Independent Residency is to train fellows to be the most well rounded, the most clinically competent and the most technically advanced physicians in the United States and to prepare them to enter an interventional radiology practice on equal grounds with other specialists.

Accredited by USF, our program has received approval for the following:

1.  Two Year Independent IR Residency
2.  One Year Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) 

Why Do Your Fellowship/INDEPENDENT IR RESIDENCY at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute?
  1. Your fellowship/independent IR residency will be served under a group of full-time interventional radiologists whose collective experience and knowledge will serve to benefit you directly. In addition, you will have significant interaction with our vascular surgeons, oncologists, nephrologists, urologists, and other clinicians to solidify your clinical knowledge and experience.
  2. The program is blessed with a very large volume of vascular and interventional material, including significant exposure to peripheral vascular disease.  Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute has long been recognized as a center of excellence for peripheral vascular disease and aneurysm therapy with significant research in these areas.
  3. In addition to the extensive experience in vascular disease, you will get an outstanding experience in interventional oncology with the recent addition of Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Hospital.  Miami Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a dynamic and forward-thinking collaboration aimed at improving patient access to the latest and most effective cancer treatment advances and the highest caliber of cancer care.  We are course directors of the annual Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology which is the first meeting of its kind to show live cases in the field of IO. You will participate in this conference and present live cases to an international audience. We have a robust radioembolization program (with both Sirsphere and Therasphere), a tumor ablation program (using radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, microwave ablation, and irreversible electroporation), and chemoembolization program. You will also participate in biliary interventions for malignancy and pre-op portal vein embolization. You will leave here with a solid experience in both peripheral vascular disease and interventional oncology, which is not commonly seen in many other interventional fellowship/independent IR residency programs.
  4. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredits this program. It is a subspecialty radiology training program under the parent radiology training program of the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. The successful completion of this program will qualify you to sit for the American Board of Radiology's subspecialty examination for Added Qualifications in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (CAQ).
  5. The MCVI fellowship/independent IR residency prepares you for any type of career that you desire. Graduates have become renowned physicians in academics and research as well as leaders in community hospitals.
  6. You will acquire more patient management skills in this fellowship/independent IR residency than in any other in the country.
  7. There is ample opportunity for you to participate actively in research. We have over twenty ongoing clinical research trials involving aortic aneurysms, erectile dysfunction, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, interventional oncology, and neurovascular disease. Click here for our ongoing research trials
  8. You will attend and perform live cases for the annual ISET meeting (International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy) and CIO meeting (Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology). In addition, if selected as a fellow, you will have the opportunity to attend the ISET/CIO meeting the year prior to your fellowship.
  9. We have one of the best facilities in the world in which you will serve your fellowship year.  It has been recently renovated and undergone a state of the art expansion.
Vision of Fellowship/IR Independent Residency
  1. To train fellows/residents in the interpretation of noninvasive vascular laboratory studies so that they may be clinically competent to read and interpret these studies. Additionally, provide them with ample opportunity to learn how to build and develop their own noninvasive vascular laboratory when they leave this teaching program.
  2. To train the fellows/residents in noninvasive vascular imaging, including CT angiography and MR angiography. To integrate these imaging modalities into a clinical practice and to build a patient referral base from the use of these imaging modalities.
  3. To provide the fellows/residents with ample experience in admitting and caring for patients as well as consulting on patients who may have vascular problems and cancer. This includes patient management, patient follow-up and clinical decision making regarding vascular diagnoses and therapies.
  4. To expose the fellows/residents to numerous new technologies that will impact their field in the upcoming years.
  5. To educate the fellows/residents with adequate clinical knowledge with specific regard to peripheral vascular disease and interventional oncology such that they can make appropriate management plans and understand the full scope of treatments for these patients, including medical and surgical therapies
  6. To provide the fellows/residents with enough neurovascular angiography and intervention so that they may be competent to perform all neurovascular diagnostic studies and numerous neurovascular interventional exams.
  7. To allow them to participate in FDA research trials as well as institutional clinical research protocols.
Fellowship/IR Independent Residency Positions
  1. Five ACGME accredited vascular and interventional fellowship/independent IR residency positions are available each year
  2. One neurointerventional fellowship position is available each year
Program Director

James Benenati, M.D.
Program Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Peripheral Vascular Laboratory
Adjunct voluntary faculty, University of South Florida School of Medicine
Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute
8900 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176

Program Faculty

Application Process

Five (5) vascular and interventional fellowship positions are available each year. The Institute participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or "The Match." Candidates must apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please note that our program is listed as University of South Florida Morsani Program A - ID# 4151142003 . Please make sure you select the correct program. Applications are considered ready for review when the ERAS application is completed and the following documents are submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Wallet-sized color photograph
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • ECFMG Status Report (International Medical Graduates only)
  • Personal statement, including career goals and professional plans
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the program director or chairman of the department. This letter must document the number and length of interventional rotations you have or will have had during your training. An overview of the type of cases you performed with supervision is required.
Requirements for Appointment (United States and Canada Applicants)

Graduates of medical schools within the United States and Canada must have the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to the program:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Successful completion of two consecutive years of a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • Successful completion of USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3 or its equivalent.
  • Board eligible in Diagnostic Radiology. Core Exam must have been taken prior to start of fellowship and a strong preference is given to those who pass.
  • Successful completion of an approved course in ACLS and BLS, an unrestricted valid Florida license to practice medicine in the State of Florida, and a DEA license with a Florida address.
International Applicants

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to the program:

  • Current valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Full unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S.
  • Full training and board eligibility in Radiology in the U.S.
  • Successful completion of two consecutive years of a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • J-1 visa

Salary will be commensurate with other PGY6 programs.

Further Information

Please contact Fellowship/independent IR Residency Coordinator:

Huguette Acosta
Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute
8900 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176
Email: huguetta@baptisthealth.net
Phone: 786-596-6707
Fax: 786-533-9451