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Summer Medical Internship Program

The SIR Foundation Summer Medical Internship Program introduces medical students to interventional radiology research and medical device development. 

2021 Summer Medical Internship Program

The SIR Foundation Summer Medical Internship Program introduces medical students early in their studies to interventional radiology research and medical device development. These internships are for highly motivated medical students who seek to acquire a fundamental understanding of research methods as they relate to vascular and interventional radiology.

2021 IR internship sites:

Children's National Medical Center / George Washington University

Johns Hopkins University

Medical College of Wisconsin

The University of Colorado 

The University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Virginia 

2021 corporate host site:

Becton Dickinson (BD)

An update on the 2020 program

Due to developments related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SIR Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Medical Internship Program. We would like to thank the selected medical students and mentors for their continued support during this challenging time.


Interns selected for 2020:

Becton Dickinson (BD) with Alex Tessmer and JD Meler, MD:

  • Aakash Gupta, Northwestern University

Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University with Karun Sharma, MD, PhD, FSIR:

  • Matthew Lommen, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Seulah Choi, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Cleveland Clinic with Gordon McLennan, MD, FSIR:

  • Robert She, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Lee Hsieh, UC San Diego School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University with Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR:

  • Ananya Majumdar, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Venkata Macha, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin with Sarah B. White, MD, MS, FSIR:

  • Kenneth Tharp, University of North Dakota School of Medicine 

University of Illinois at Chicago with Ron C. Gaba, MD, FSIR:

  •  Ryan Bitar, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio


Application criteria and requirements

Students applying for the program must show strong potential for a career in IR with proven academic success. Selected students will have an opportunity to intern with an interventional radiologist research mentor or a corporate research and development mentor during the summer. Medical students interested in applying for the summer 2021 internship program must submit the following:

1. The application document

2. A letter of recommendation

The application will be considered incomplete until SIR Foundation receives a letter of recommendation from one of the following members of the applicant's faculty:

  • Director of the radiology residency program
  • Director of the IR fellowship
  • An interventional radiologist on the faculty

Note: If you wish to submit a letter of recommendation from another IR because your faculty does not have a residency or fellowship program, please contact the coordinator of research and grants. 

Please review the guidelines for more information about eligibility and application requirements. For any additional questions regarding the application, please email the coordinator of research and grants. 


Application dates

Applications for the 2021 Summer Medical Internship Program opens on Oct. 1, 2020, and closes on Jan. 15, 2021. 

To apply, please visit

Host site applications

If you are a corporate or IR academic host site interested in participating in the 2021 program, please review the guidelines below and fill out the survey by Sep. 15, 2020. 

Follow their experiences

Throughout the summer on Fridays, medical students participating in the internship program are sharing their experiences by taking over SIR's Instagram account. Visit SIR's Instagram for a day in the life of the summer interns. Due to COVID-19, we will unfortunately not have summer interns to feature during the summer of 2020.

Erica's research at Bard Peripheral Vascular

Erica's research at Bard Peripheral Vascular

“The SIR Foundation internship with BARD PV was an incredible and unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of device design and the integral role that industry plays within our profession. Working with Mike Randall and his fabulous team to find new ideas, explore possible solutions, to visit the FDA, and to investigate a particular market size were all unique opportunities that I would not ever have been exposed to without this internship. I feel that I now have the tools to evaluate the need for devices in a clinical scenario, and how to properly assess and convey my ideas. Working with BARD was exciting, engaging, and I hope that many more people seize this special opportunity to see the other side of medical devices!” — Erica Emmons, MD, summer intern with mentors Mike Randall, BSME, MBA, and JD Meler, MD

Lauren's experience at UCLA

 Shreve UCLA

“My summer spent at UCLA IR was an absolutely incredible experience. I had the opportunity to learn about and participate in a multitude of IR case types, as well as contribute to cutting-edge IR research. The entire faculty and staff at UCLA were welcoming, kind, and truly made me feel part of the extraordinary program they have built there. Dr. Lee was a fantastic mentor. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and encouraging in all aspects of the internship. He has continued to be a tremendous support and remarkable mentor in the field of IR. I could not have asked for a better experience and would highly recommend the summer internship to any medical student interested in IR.” — Lauren Shreve, MD, MBA, with mentor Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD, FSIR, and fellow intern Kevin Fernandes, MD