i'm a first year med student at UF College of Med who is at this point highly interested at the prospect of pursing a career in IR...do you think I should be lookin at the DIRECT or Clinical pathway (the latter seems better to me) if i wanna be the best IR i can be...if my interest stays in IR, should i do vascular surgery rotations and a surgery PGY-1 at a small/community hospital or would you recommend i do the direct or clinical pathway (i wanna be a private-practice IR) at UF-Jax (most likely since i'm at UF now and can -- in fact am required to -- do "home" rotations at UF-Jax during the clinical years)? I will be shadowing the IR PD at UF-Gainesville and possibly the IR PD at UF-Jax (jax is only an hour and half away from gainesville) this summer before school starts up too, but just wondering what you all think is ideal prep to get a good rads residency geared toward a career in IR, whether traditional, direct (more for people who start out doing something else first and then change their mind to rads right?), or clinical (seems to me the best way to go)? also, from what you know, which places are great for IR (esp. would like your opinion on Brigham and women's vs. northwestern vs. UF-jax vs. new mexico vs. georgetown vs. dartmouth hitchcock -- the 6 programs with a clinical IR track, vs. UF-gainesville vs. not sure which are the top programs - can someone please enlighten me as to what they heard/know? thanks so much!