Admissions Criteria and Application

PG2 Admission Criteria

  1. The individual has achieved at least average evaluations in all clinical rotations and in key pre-clinical courses.
  2. The individual has shown sufficient knowledge based on grade point average and USMLE/COMLEX scores to be able to function at the level of a PG-2 in this program.
  3. The individual has consistently had positive comments and no serious negative comments regarding their professional, ethic, and work habit skills.
  4. The individual has provided us with a complete application through their medical school ERAS system, which includes:
    • The MSPE
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation observing them in rotations
    • USMLE Step 1 score or COMLEX-USA Level 1 score
    • Transcript
    • Personal statement
  5. The individual has had training in an institution that we recognize as having produced graduates that are able to function at a level of a resident in our training program. This would include the individual having sufficient knowledge of language and interpersonal skills as well as cognitive, technical, attitudinal, and professional skills to be able to learn radiologic interpretation and perform image-guided intervention.
  6. The individual has not had evidence of academic difficulty or a hiatus that has been too long to allow them to function in a clinical arena without demonstration of subsequent competent performance in a relevant clinical environment.
  7. Meets all hospital admission policy standards

If any of the above criteria are not met to their fullest then phone calls may be made to ascertain whether the Dean or Associate Dean of the graduating medical school would feel that the individual has the skills necessary to participate in a residency program of this caliber before an applicant will be further considered. Alternatively, at the discretion of the Admission Committee, the application may be removed from further evaluation. A doubt in any single area of professionalism can be sufficient for exclusion from this residency.

Foreign Medical Graduates Admission Criteria

The Department of Radiology adheres to the UW Health Graduate Medical Education eligibility criteria for foreign medical graduates. Applicants who are not US citizens must acquire or currently hold one of the following to begin training at UW Health in an ACGME accredited residency or fellowship program.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident (“Green Card”)
  • Initial or continuation of a J-1 visa which is sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for the sole purpose of Graduate Medical Education training
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

For additional information, please review the GME non-US citizen eligibility document and visit the GME credentialing and conditions of employment page.

PG2-5 Transfer Criteria

  • Recommendation from Program Director with a performance summary
  • Summary of actual evaluations in prior GME program and list of completed rotations
  • Full PG1 Application
  • Explanation of reason for transfer
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter from two GME supervising attendings
  • Milestones Achievement Summary


Application materials should be submitted through ERAS at by October 21. Applications will be considered complete when we have electronically received the following items:

  1. completed ERAS application, including a brief (less than one page) personal statement indicating your goals and reasons for selecting a radiology residency
  2. three letters of recommendation
  3. medical school transcripts
  4. USMLE transcript/COMLEX Transcript or Board scores
  5. Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE – Dean’s letter)

Interviews are conducted during October and November.

We interview for nine radiology residency positions, eight Diagnostic Radiology positions and one IR-integrated. All nine of the radiology positions are advanced track positions, which begin at the PGY-2 level following the completion of an internship year. . Diagnostic Radiology offers three preliminary positions (PGY-1), two with Internal Medicine and one with General Surgery, all at  UW Health. IR-Integrated also offers one General Surgery preliminary position at UW Health. The preliminary years include 2 months spent with the UW Department of Radiology.  The application and interview process is the same for both preliminary and advanced positions, and there is not a separate interview for the preliminary positions.   

  • Diagnostic Radiology Advanced Track NRMP Program Code: 1779420A0
  • Diagnostic Radiology Internal Medicine Prelim year NMRP Program Code: 1779140P2
  • Diagnostic Radiology General Surgery Prelim year NMRP Program Code: 1779440P4
  • IR-Integrated Advanced Track NMRP Program Code: 1779416A0
  • IR-Integrated General Surgery Prelim year NRMP Program Code: 1779440P5

Please address all correspondence to:

David Kim, MD, FACR, FSAR Residency Program Director Department of Radiology 600 Highland Ave. Madison, WI 53792-3252

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Maggi E Schrader at (608) 263-8310 or .