About the Independent IR Residency Program

Mission of Residency

The mission of the independent interventional radiology residency at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is to train interventional radiology residents to be leaders in the field of interventional radiology and to prepare them to enter an interventional radiology practice with the highest level of clinical expertise. This is accomplished by providing a broad spectrum of complex cases and by emphasizing personalized compassionate and equally outstanding care to all ethnic, religious, gender, and socioeconomic groups.

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) 

Aims of the Residency

§  Train residents to be leaders and to exceed national standards for performing interventional radiology procedures in the wide gamut of categories as evident by procedure and case logs.  This also includes specializing and training in interpretation of noninvasive vascular laboratory studies and vascular imaging (CTA/MRA) and learning how to use these studies to build and develop their own noninvasive vascular practice.

§  Ensure residents are prepared to enter either a private practice or an academic position when training is completed as evident by job placement and board certification status.

§  Provide residents with ample experience in multi-disciplinary care for patients as well as consulting on patients who may have vascular and oncological diseases.  This includes patient management, patient follow-up and clinical decision making regarding vascular and oncological diagnoses and therapies.

§  Expose trainees to cultural differences among patients and to teach them sensitivity to racial, ethnic, and religious differences among their patients.

§  Expose residents to numerous new technologies that will impact their field in the future through enduring partnerships and collaboration with industry as evident by educational inservices.

§  Encourage residents to participate in clinical research, writing manuscripts and evaluating manuscripts as evident by their scholarly activities.

§  Teach residents proper methods of presentation of medical information to other medical specialists and to teach presentation styles for educational purposes.  This is fostered through participation in conferences, prepared lectures, and live case demonstrations.

Why Do Your INDEPENDENT IR RESIDENCY at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute?
  1. Your 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.  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 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 Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology Board Exam.
  5. The MCVI 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 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, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, interventional oncology, spine interventions, 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 resident, you will have the opportunity to attend the ISET/CIO meeting the year prior to your training.
  9. We have one of the best facilities in the world in which you will serve your training.  It has been recently renovated and undergone a state of the art expansion.
IR Independent Residency Positions
  1. Five ACGME accredited vascular and interventional independent IR residency positions are available each year.  We accept 2-year independent residents and ESIR residents who will complete their final year of training
  2. One neurointerventional residency position is available each year
Program Director

Brian J. Schiro, M.D.
Program Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Residency
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 radiology residency 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 residency 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 PGY6/7 programs.

Further Information

Please contact 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