PIER Internship

Former PIER Intern Matches to Radiology


Edna Wang with Dr. Birch

Congratulations to Edna Wang, a 2018 PIER Intern, who recently matched to radiology at Emory University Hospital! Here she is with her Preceptor, Dr. Andrea Birch, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, at the 2018 PIER Orientation at ACR Headquarters.

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 2021 PIER program will be virtual. It begins in 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 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. Twenty-five students have completed the internship in the last four 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 is Friday, January 29, 2021. If you need assistance with your application, please contact us at PIER@acr.org.

Apply for PIER 

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 June and ends in mid-July to accommodate the student’s school schedule; and pairings will be made in March/April 2021. For more information, please see the detailed preceptor information and our FAQ for preceptors.

Preceptor Application 

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See photos of our 2018 and 2019 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.