PIER Internship

Pipeline Initiative for the Enrichment of Radiology

The College is proud to offer the PIER internship to first-year medical students at institutions across the U.S. This initiative began through the Commission for Women and Diversity in hopes of giving underrepresented minorities (URMs) and women an opportunity to explore the radiology specialty and engage in research. Upon selection, scholars will be paired with at least one Preceptor in the student’s area of interest.

The 2022 PIER program will be virtual. It begins in May/June and culminates with a presentation of the students’ research of their Case in Point projects to the Radiology/Radiation Oncology Section at the annual meeting of the National Medical Association in late July/early August. The PIER Program provides a stipend for selected scholars during their Summer Internship, as well as continued mentorship and support throughout the years leading to your radiology residency application. Thirty-nine students have completed the internship in the last five years. Visit the application page  now to find out more information.


How to apply

The PIER internship is open to first-year medical students in the U.S. Application requirements include:

  • a letter of good standing
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a recent photo
  • ACR membership (medical students join free )

The PIER application deadline for 2022 is January 9, 2022. If you have questions, please contact us at PIER@acr.org.

PIER Application

PIER Open House Information

Have questions about the internship or the application process? Join us for one of our open houses and get your questions answered.

Nov. 10 at 7pm EST Open House | Register now

Dec. 7 at 7pm EST Open House | Register now

Register by Nov. 5 for our first open house or by Dec. 3 for our second open house to be automatically entered into a raffle.

Serve as a preceptor

Preceptors are an invaluable part of the PIER internship. As a preceptor, you’ll supervise a PIER Student for six weeks; help them develop and complete a research project for presentation and publication; and provide valuable mentorship to them throughout their medical school career, as they hopefully prepare for a career in Radiology or Radiation Oncology.

The PIER internship begins in May/June and ends in mid-July to accommodate the student’s school schedule; and pairings will be made in March/April 2022. For more information, please see the detailed preceptor information and our FAQ for preceptors.

Preceptor Application 

Photo gallery

See photos of past PIER scholars
2019 PIER Scholars

Related information

PIER Program FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for the PIER internship?
All first-year medical students in the U.S. who are in good standing are eligible to apply for the internship.

Is there flexibility with the internship dates?
There is limited flexibility, depending on your academic year start and end dates.

What happens after I submit my application?
We will review your application for completion and then reach out to your references for the letters of recommendation. Once we receive the letters, you will receive confirmation that your application is complete. After the deadline passes, you should hear back from us within two weeks to know if you’ve qualified for the next round.

How are interns matched to preceptors?
We try to accommodate our interns the best we can to match your interests and goals.