How to Apply

3/18/17 Update
Thank you to all applicants for your interest in our program.  We interviewed 119 applicants for 8 positions.  

Despite the rebranding of Mount Sinai Roosevelt to Mount Sinai West on November 17, 2015, for the purposes of applicants this season (2016/2017), our name has not changed for ACGME, ERAS, and NRMP!

The Diagnostic Radiology program at St. Luke's/West Hospital participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Please note that the NRMP does not allow us to discuss, interview, or offer positions to applicants that have preexisting match commitments for 2018. You must have an NRMP waiver before we are allowed to even discuss a position. 

All residents are required to complete a clinical year (emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery or surgical subspecialties or any combination of these), prior to matriculation in our program. This year must consist of training accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC),  or the College if Family Physicians of Canada. The clinical year may also comprise a transitional year accredited by the ACGME or equivalent organization. Please submit a program letter of recommendation from this experience. Please note that the ACGME recently 10/19/15 notified programs regarding "eligibility considerations". 

During the clinical year, elective rotations in diagnostic radiology must occur only in radiology departments with an ACGME-accredited diagnostic radiology residency program and cannot exceed two months. See accepted applicants

Our Applicants:
We do not have a minimum USMLE score criteria. The USMLE Step 1 score is one component of the total application. The middle 50% score range of the applicants who have matched with us from 2015-2017 is 217-245. 
For the 2017 match, we received 482 applications.
  US graduates279
  International graduates162
  Osteopathic graduates41
  Total applicants482
In addition to current fourth year medical students, we consider the applications of applicants currently in preliminary year programs or those who would like to transfer from other programs. Applications will only be considered if your program director writes a letter of recommendation.

Regarding letters of recommendation, the strongest applicants would have a letter from a clinical service, a diagnostic radiologist, and a research mentor.

Regarding the applications of IMG and DO candidates, we strongly agree with the editorial by Richard Gunderman referenced below.

We consider the applications of international medical graduates. One of our IMG SLW alumni, Constantinos Sofocleous '98 is now on the staff at MSKCC. (He also received a $1000 RSNA Resident Reseach Trainee Prize!) The strongest candidates have US clinical experience at an ACGME (or equivalent) accredited program. These applications will only be considered if your program director writes a letter of recommendation.

We also consider the applications of osteopathic graduates. We recommend that you take the USMLE exam. 

All accepted residents must pass pre-employment drug testing. Please refer to the Mount Sinai GME website for other requirements.

Students who matched to our program in the last five years (classes of 2018-2022), graduated from the following medical schools:
  • Albany Medical College
  • Brody School of Medicine East Carolina
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical College of  Georgia  
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT 
  • New York Medical College 
  • New York University
  • Ohio State College of Medicine
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Upstate
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • St. Georges
  • Temple University
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
  • Universidad Central del Caribe SOM
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas - San Antonio
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Western University of Health Sciences - Pomona

While we may invite residents to interview later than some other programs, this is because we carefully review the MSPE prior to inviting applicants. We feel we owe it to the candidates to review their folder before they potentially travel to NY, as opposed to finding some issue after the interview that would hurt the candidates ranking.

What are we looking for?
We would like applicants to know what radiology residents do after 5PM. Most applicants have spent time in a radiology department during the day shift. We highly encourage applicants to shadow a radiology resident on call. ( You may even find something to write about for your personal statement.) 

Critical thinking skills are important. We don't want residents to take everything they read or hear at face value.  For example, after a journal club, residents have had their comments/analysis published in letters to the editor. We would like future residents to do this as well.

The resident often has to work with a team and at times is in charge of the department. In addition to medical knowledge, interpersonal and leadership skills are very important. Some applicants have had opportunities to develop interpersonal and leadership skills in the workplace or volunteer situations.

Radiology is one of the specialties where physics plays an integral role in patient care. We would prefer that applicants see this as one of the attractions of the field. 

Our interview:
We have incorporated behavioral type questions (targeted selection) in our interviews for many years. This technique is not in common use (while we believe it should be). Dr. Kagetsu was one of three Mount Sinai program directors to present on this topic at our first Mount Sinai GME retreat, November 2016. There was also a presentation on this topic at the May 2017 radiology program directors meeting (APDR). This is one example of how we are first adapters/on the leading edge. Behavioral interviews are based on the assumption that past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior. For example, in order to assess the way an applicant handles stress, we would ask, "Tell me about your most stressful experience in medical school." The applicant should then discuss a specific example. The interviewer may ask some follow-up questions and will take notes. This standardized/structured approach is more fair to applicants.  We will not ask:  "Why do you want to be a radiologist?" (this should be evident from your personal statement). The APDR promoted the use of a "semistructured interview" at their 2002 meeting. This was a step in the right direction.

Some advice on how to prepare for a behavioral interview can be found at

Interested applicants should read the Harvard Business Review article,
How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence.

Some of our applicants with exposure to the fields of law and business have commented that this is really a better way to assess applicants.

For the most part, applicants are asked the same questions. This structured interview makes this process more fair and is a suggested method to reduce unconscious bias. (see our page on diversity)

Some of our interviewers will not have read your folder. This reduces so called "confirmation bias". It has been shown that interviewers are prone to forming an opinion from a review of your folder and the interview just "confirms" that opinion, rendering the interview relatively useless. 

Our residents participate in the interview process and preparation of the rank list. We consider this part of their education/development. We feel it is important for our residents to know optimal strategies to interview candidates. Learning more about this process will also prepare our residents for fellowship interviews. 

The personal statement:
In keeping with our interview philosophy, please try to incorporate specific examples in your personal statement. If you state that you handle stress well, you should describe a situation where you handled stress well. When the residents prepare their statements for fellowship, I often ask them to add examples. For example, "I like the high tech aspects of neuroradiology." vs. describing a case with a diffusion/perfusion mismatch, the neurointerventional team lysed the clot, and the patient had no permanent deficit.

For the 2018 match:
For applicants expecting to matriculate in 2019, we encourage completion of the application (with the exception of the MSPE) by October 1, 2017.  We may only consider applications that are complete at the time that the Dean's letters (MSPE) are released, October 1, 2017. 

This year we will not be matching for positions that start in July 2018.

AAMC ID: 10601573
NRMP Code: 2070420A0
ACGME  Program # 4203521224 
If you have any questions/comments please contact our chief residents or:

Nolan Kagetsu, MD, FACR
Residency Program Director
Vice Chairman, Quality
Department of Radiology
Mount Sinai St. Luke's/West  
GME Diversity Council
Mount Sinai  
Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Keith Maynard
Residency Coordinator
Department of Radiology
St. Luke's/West  
Roosevelt Division
1000 10th Ave Rm 4C-12
New York, NY 10019
(212) 636-3379
(212) 636-3380 Fax


Richard Gunderman weighs in on the prejudice experienced by DO and IMG candidates.

Gunderman RB, Prejudice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012;9:854-855.