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Interventional Radiology Program Overview

Eric K. Hoffer, MD
Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Welcome to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Interventional Radiology Residency Program! Our program offers a unique blend of Diagnostic and Interventional radiology training at a state of the art facility in a location conducive to a wonderful quality of life.

The size of our program, with 10 Interventional and 12 Diagnostic Radiology residents, allows for a resident-centered experience, combining the best of academic subspecialty level education and research with hands-on active learning. The 25-member faculty is committed to resident teaching, led by several nationally recognized educators in radiology including renowned radiologic physicist Walter Huda, and award-winning radiologists Petra Lewis, Nancy McNulty, and Alan Sigel. The Diagnostic Residency has had a 100% pass rate for the new ABR Core Exam since its inception.

The Interventional Radiology program maintains excellent relationships with other clinical services, including nephrology, urology, gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology, vascular surgery and gynecology.  The scope of practice includes all facets of IR.  There is a large case volume of basic IR procedures, including central venous access, image-guided drainage, dialysis access maintenance, IVC filters, nephrostomy and gastrostomy placements.  Each week, there are cases of transcatheter embolization for hemorrhage or neoplasm, tumor ablation, and TIPS creation.   Clinical training includes participation in the weekly attending’s clinics and attendance at interdisciplinary conferences in Oncology (GI, Liver Tumor, GU, and Thoracic Tumor) and Cerebrovascular.  There is also a one-month Critical Care ICU rotation, with up to three optional months on clinical services such as Hospital Medicine, Nephrology/Transplant, and Hepatology/GI oncology.  A light IR case load in peripheral vascular intervention is supplemented by a 2-month rotation on the Vascular Surgery service, and an additional 2-3 months on the Neuro-Interventional Radiology Service. There is a separate pain medicine rotation with the Anesthesia service. Program graduates’ feedback after their initial practice years had revealed universal satisfaction with the scope and depth of their training.

Our collegial atmosphere involves residents in all aspects of the training program including curriculum design and resident selection.  Beyond the Radiology residency, there are elective options that utilize the broader Dartmouth resources.  Residents have the opportunity to be involved with training or research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, the Tuck School of Business, and Thayer School of Engineering.  Electives are available in global health, radiology leadership/business, and informatics, as well as a Clinician Educator elective, community radiology elective, and there is flexible dedicated research time. This combination of resources and flexibility sets our program apart.

As part of the Dartmouth College community, our residents have ready access to a variety of cultural activities including theatre, dance, music and film as well as a full spectrum of college sports. Our residents experience the best of what Northern New England has to offer with easy access to farmers' markets, country fairs and spectacular outdoor recreational activities including skiing, hiking, cycling, boating, fishing and gardening.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock IR Residency program provides a base of excellent comprehensive clinical training and unique opportunities for enhancement that prepare our residents for a successful career in academia or private practice.

Sincerely,

Eric K. Hoffer, MD
Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology

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